Las Vegas, Nevada (17 February 2023) - There is no better way to kick off a WSOP Circuit Series than with fresh felt and a brand-new set of tournament poker chips. Within the newly renamed Horseshoe Casino, a brand new poker room serves as host to a very special WSOP Circuit series. With initial tournament entry totals exceeding expectations, local and visiting poker players have been showing out here in Sin City. Although the Horseshoe’s inaugural WSOP Circuit Main Event has yet to begin, the Horseshoe has experienced even more “firsts” as poker players have already achieved tournament glory.

Winning the first tournament of the Horseshoe WSOP Circuit series was local poker player Todd Carlson. Representing Henderson, Nevada, Carlson outlasted a field of 401 competitors to win his first career WSOP Circuit ring in the Event #1 $400 buy-in event. Along with some new jewelry, Carlson also took home the $37,445 top prize. 

Joining Carlson as a newly crowned WSOP Circuit champion was Anatoly Zharnitsky. Winning the Event #2 $600 Big 30k Deep Stack, Zharnitsky not only secured his first WSOP Circuit ring and $37,997 top prize, but he also surpassed $100,000 in career WSOP winnings. Congratulations to Zharnitsky on joining the six-figure club!

The most recent WSOP Circuit champion to be declared is Event #3 $250 winner Garry Bliesner. Making the trip all the way from Spokane Valley, Washington, Bliesner dominated the single-day tournament to win his first career ring as well as the $12,132 top prize.

Along with newly crowned winners, some players of note have also been spotted here at Horseshoe Casino. Along with WSOP Circuit regular and three-time champion Allen Kessler, poker vlogger Matt Vaughan, as well as GGPoker ambassador Kyna England, have made appearances at the official host casino of the WSOP.

Nine events are yet to be played before the series concludes Thursday, February 23rd. For a complete schedule of remaining events, click here.

Even with the upcoming first flight of the Horseshoe Circuit Main Event, it is not too late to win a seat and become a WSOP champion! From Friday, February 17th through Sunday, February 19th, a $250 satellite will take place at 9 AM each morning with a Circuit Main Event seat being given to each of the three winners. If you want a chance to compete in the first-ever Circuit Main Event to take place at the Horseshoe, this could be your chance!

Along with alluring satellites into the Horseshoe Circuit Main Event, at 4 PM on Thursday, February 23rd, a $400 Mega Satellite will take place, with the eventual winner winning a seat to the 2023 WSOP Main Event at this summer’s World Series of Poker. If you have dreamed of playing in “The Big Game”, this satellite is the tournament for you.

Flight A of the Horseshoe WSOP Circuit Main Event begins Friday, February 17th with cards in the air at 10 AM. Flights B and C will take place at the same time on Saturday, February 18th, and Sunday, February 19th respectively. With a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool, every serious tournament poker player in Las Vegas will surely be in attendance to compete for the top prize. 

Although we have yet to crown our first-ever Horseshoe WSOP Circuit Main Event champion, Italian poker player Andrea Buonocore stands as the reigning champion. Winning the last WSOP Circuit Main Event to take place at what was formerly Bally’s, Buonocore secured the $143,229 top prize along with the title.

All official gold ring winners from this WSOP Circuit stop will qualify for the invitation-only “Tournament of Champions”. The $1 million freeroll event will be held during the 2023 World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas. 2023 Online winners will also be eligible to compete in the signature event.