The World Series of Poker Circuit will return to Harrah’s Cherokee this on Thursday this week, officially marking the beginning of the 2016/17 Circuit schedule. Over the course of 12 days, a total of 12 official ring events will be played, in addition to the two senior events and the ladies events.

Unlike in previous years, this opening stop also concludes the previous season, as the 2015/16 Global Casino Championship will take place in the midst of this series (beginning Tue. August 9th), allowing players that have qualified into the event to also get a jump start on the 2016/17 season.

Thursday, August 4th marks the beginning of the first Circuit event in which players can start qualifying for the 2016/17 Casino Global Championship. Action opens with a $365 Turbo No Limit Hold ‘Em Ring event at 11am. Later in the day at 4pm, the $365 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry event will also commence. The re-entry event boasts a $500,000 guarantee and a Global Casino Championship seat.

The $1,675 Main Event will be played Friday August 12th through August 15th, with a few other tournaments scheduled throughout those days as well. The last Circuit main event held at this stop in April of this year drew 1,008 runners, with a prize pool of $1,512,000. Maurice Hawkins made WSOP Circuit history after he won his second consecutive Circuit Main Event (he won the Council Bluffs Main Event just weeks earlier). Hawkins took home his seventh WSOP Circuit ring and $279,722 in cash.

Here is a look at the full schedule for this stop: 

Date Event
Thur. Aug. 4th, 11 a.m. Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em(One Day - 30 Minute Levels)
Thur. Aug. 4th, 4 p.m. Event #2A: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry
Fri. Aug. 5th, 11 a.m. Event #2B: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry
Fri. Aug. 5th, 4 p.m. Event #2C: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry
Sat. Aug. 6th, 11 a.m. Event #2D: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry
Sat. Aug. 6th, 4 p.m. Event #3: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo
Sun. Aug. 7th, 9 a.m. $250 Seniors Re-Entry Event (Does not count towards leaderboard points)
Sun. Aug. 7th, 3 p.m. Event #4: $580 No-Limit Hold'em
Mon. Aug. 8th, 11 a.m. Event #5: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Six Max
Mon. Aug. 8th, 4 p.m. Event #6: $365 Pot-Limit Omaha (One Re-Entry)
Tues. Aug. 9th, 12 p.m. Global Casino Championship
Tues. Aug. 9th, 3 p.m. Event #7: $365 No-Limit Hold'em
Wed. Aug. 10th, 11 a.m. Event #8: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack
Thurs. Aug. 11th, 11 a.m. Event #9: $580 No-Limit Hold'em
Fri. Aug. 12th, 11 a.m. Event #10A: $1,675 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT ($1,000,000 GUARANTEE)
Sat. Aug. 13th, 11 a.m. Event #10B: $1,675 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT ($1,000,000 GUARANTEE)
Sat. Aug. 13th, 2 p.m. $135 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em (Does not count towards leaderboard points)
Sun. Aug. 14th, 9 a.m. $250 Second Chance Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry ($50,000 GUARANTEE - Does not count towards leaderboard )
Sun. Aug. 14th, 3 p.m. Event #11: $2,200 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry
Mon. Aug. 15th, 11 a.m. Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold'em (One Day - 30 Minute Levels)