Baltimore, MD (August 18, 2015) -- Just a few months after a successful debut at Horseshoe Baltimore, the World Series of Poker Circuit returns to Maryland's newest casino for the second stop of the 2015-16 season. The first of 12 ring events begins Thursday, and the festival culminates with the final table of the $500,000 Guaranteed Main Event on August 31.

Last season's $1,675 Main Event drew 670 entries, generating a prizepool of more than $1 million. Circuit standouts Steve Karp and Roland Israelashvili both made the final table, but New Jersey native Chris Csik emerged as champion, earning $206,020 and the Main Event ring.

The four-day Main Event is back with the same buy-in this season, alongside a few noteworthy additions. The first four events each carry a buy-in of $365, but Event #2 is a re-entry event boasting a $350,000 gurantee. The opening weekend is filled with hold’em, but a pair of Omaha events kick off the first full week of action at Horseshoe Baltimore. Monday’s afternoon event is a $365 Pot-Limit Omaha event, and the Circuit’s first-ever Big O event (five-card pot-limit Omaha hi/lo) starts on Tuesday. If you're seeking extra value in hold'em, Wednesday's Event #8 is a $365 Mega Stack event with a 2016 WSOP Main Event seat added to the prizepool.

Here's the schedule of ring events for the week:

Date Time # Event
Thursday, August 20 11:00 AM 1 $365 No-Limit Hold'em ($50,000 Guaranteed)
Friday, August 21 11:00 AM 2A $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry ($350,000 Guaranteed)
6:00 PM
2B
Saturday, August 22
11:00 AM
2C
6:00 PM
2D
Sunday, August 23
11:00 AM
3
$365 No-Limit Hold'em ($50,000 Guaranteed)
Monday, August 24
11:00 AM
4
$365 No-Limit Hold'em
5:00 PM
5
$365 Pot-Limit Omaha
Tuesday, August 25
11:00 AM
6
$365 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed
5:00 PM
7
$365 Big O
Wednesday, August 26
11:00 AM
8
$365 NLHE Mega Stack (2016 WSOP Main Event Seat Added)
Thursday, August 27
11:00 AM
9
$365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo
Friday, August 28
11:00 AM
10A $1,675 MAIN EVENT ($500,000 Guaranteed)
Saturday, August 29
11:00 AM
10B
Sunday. August 30
11:00 AM
11 $580 No-Limit Hold'em ($50,000 Guaranteed)
Monday, August 31
11:00 AM
12
$365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo

Each of the twelve winners will receive a gold ring, in addition to the prize money and the POY points awarded to all in-the-money finishers. The Main Event Champion and the Casino Champion (highest points earner) both qualify automatically for the WSOP National Championship to be held in 2016.

Click here to see the full schedule, including information about satellites and non-ring events.

Players attending the event have access to special rates at select hotels in the area. Rooms start at $99/night plus tax. Click here for more information, or to book your stay through the property's website.