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2019-2020 WSOP Circuit Schedule Released

The World Series of Poker released the full United States-based schedule for the 2019-2020 WSOP Circuit, slated to start quite literally the day after this summer’s World Series of Poker. It will kick off July 17th at the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, just north of the Texas border about 90 miles north of Dallas. The season will conclude with the Global Casino Championship in August 2020.

There are 35 stops on the upcoming WSOP Circuit, not counting the Global Casino Championship, a record for the tour. Five stops are new to 2019-2020 compared to the current season:

* Ameristar St. Charles (St. Louis, Missouri) – last time on the WSOP Circuit was 2015
* Horseshoe Baltimore – was on the WSOP Circuit last season
* Harrah’s Las Vegas – first time on the WSOP Circuit
*Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa – first time on the WSOP Circuit, not to be confused with the popular location in Hollywood, Florida
* Horseshoe Bossier City – first time on the WSOP Circuit

More than one venue will be featured on the tour on multiple occasions, but the big winner is Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina, which will have three WSOP Circuit stops on the 2019-2020 plus the Global Casino Championship.

The Global Casino Championship is an invitation-only event in which players can qualify in a number of ways. Those who will earn a free seat are the winners of a Main Event on the Circuit, the casino champions, which are the players who earn the most points in open ring events at a tour stop, and the top 50 players on the season-long WSOP Circuit leaderboard who haven’t already qualified in one of the first two ways. Those who win any ring event and those who finish in the top 100 of the previous year’s WSOP Player of the Year race also qualify for the season-ending event, but must pay the $10,000 buy-in. The Global Casino Championship has a minimum $1 million prize pool and all buy-ins are rake-free.

Every year, tweaks are made to the WSOP Circuit and the upcoming season is no different. Payouts will go deeper, from 10 percent of the field to “roughly” 15 percent. Additionally, the Big Blind Ante will be used in every tournament. This is a different ante format that has quickly gained traction in the tournament world. When a tournament reaches the ante stage, instead of each player paying an ante, the person in the big blind will pay all of them at once. It is a bigger hit, obviously, for that one player, but everyone still pays the same amount every orbit. The benefit to this is that it speeds up the action and eliminates confusion from those times that the dealer and players can’t remember who may or may not have remembered to put in their ante.

“Changes in the past year were well received by both players and operators,” said WSOP Vice President and Tournament Director Jack Effel in a press release. “This year, we complete our enhancements with Big Blind Ante becoming standard throughout all our events and stops, plus the decision to give 50% more players a portion of the prize pool. We are confident these changes, plus exposure on PokerNews are positive and will lead to more excitement and satisfaction of the WSOP Circuit.”

2019-2020 World Series of Poker Circuit Schedule

July 17–29, 2019 – Choctaw Durant (Dallas/Oklahoma)
August 1-12, 2019 – Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
August 15-26, 2019 – Foxwoods Resort Casino (Connecticut)
August 29 – September 9, 2019 – Ameristar St. Charles (St. Louis, Missouri)
September 5-16, 2019 – Thunder Valley Casino (Sacramento area, California)
September 12-23, 2019 – Potawatomi (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
September 17-29, 2019 – WSOP.com Online Circuit (New Jersey)
September 19-30, 2019 – Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (Coconut Creek, Florida)
September 26 – October 7, 2019 – Horseshoe Southern Indiana (Louisville/Indiana)
October 3-14, 2019 – Horseshoe Baltimore (Maryland/D.C.)
October 10-21, 2019 – Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago, Illinois)
October 24 – November 4, 2019 – Harveys Lake Tahoe (Reno/Tahoe Nevada)
October 30 – November 11, 2019 – Choctaw Durant (Dallas/Oklahoma)
November 14–25, 2019 – Planet Hollywood (Las Vegas Strip, Nevada)
November 28 – December 9, 2019 – Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
November 30-December 11, 2019 – The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles, California)
December 5-16, 2019 – IP Casino Resort Spa (Biloxi, Mississippi)
December 12-22, 2019 – Harrah’s Las Vegas in Convention Center (Las Vegas, Nevada)
January 2-14, 2020 – Choctaw Durant (Dallas/Oklahoma)
January 9-20, 2020 – Thunder Valley Casino (Sacramento area, California)
January 16-27, 2020 – Horseshoe Tunica (Tunica, Mississippi)
January 30 – February 10, 2020 – Potawatomi (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
February 6–17, 2020 – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa (Tampa, Florida)
February 14-25, 2020 – Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, Nevada)
February 20 – March 2, 2020 – Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago, Illinois)
February 25 – March 8, 2020 – WSOP.com Online Circuit (Nevada)
February 27 – March 10, 2020 – Horseshoe Bossier City (Shreveport, Louisiana/Texas)
March 5-16, 2020 – Harrah’s Atlantic City (Atlantic City, New Jersey)
March 7 – 18, 2020 – The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles, California)
March 12-23, 2020 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
March 19-30, 2020 – Bally’s (Las Vegas Strip, Nevada)
March 26 – April 6, 2020 – Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Omaha, Nebraska/Iowa)
April 8-19, 2020 – Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
April 23 – May 4, 2020 – Horseshoe Tunica (Tunica, Mississippi)
May 7-18, 2020 – Harrah’s New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana)
August, 2020 – Global Casino Championship – Harrah’s Cherokee

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