WSOP Circuit Series Announces 2016-17 Domestic and International Schedules

The popular World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Series has unveiled its domestic (United States) and international series for the 2016-17 Circuit season.  It’s Season 13 for the popular WSOP Circuit tour, with its traveling caravan of mid-priced poker events that bring an affordable opportunity for playing a WSOP-branded event to poker players in far-flung locations, away from the annual seven-week poker bonanza at the Rio in Las Vegas.

wsop_circuit_logoAccording to the folks at WSOP.com, who have just released the 2016-17 schedule, the upcoming year is already slated to be the biggest in WSOP Circuit history.  Confirmed on the schedule already are 22 domestic and 6 international series, each of which typically offers a 12-day slate of events, and as many as eight more international stops are still in the process of being confirmed.

That’s a whole lot of poker, spread across the globe.  First, a look inside the US part of the schedule, which kicks off in Cherokee, North Carolina in early August, then wraps up in New Orleans in late May.  Harrah’s Cherokee is the only facility that will host three different series within the 2016-17 slate, though the WSOP Circuit will make two stops at several sites.

Two new stops make first-time appearances on the schedule, the Potowatomi Casino in Milwaukee, WI in February, and the Hard Rock in Tulsa, OK in March.

Here’s the complete slate at the present time:

#TOURNAMENT DATESTOURNAMENT LOCATIONMAIN EVENT START
1August 4-16, 2016Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)Aug 12
2August 18-29, 2016Foxwoods Resorts (Connecticut)Aug 26
3August 25 – September 5, 2016Planet Hollywood (Las Vegas Strip)Sep 02
4September 8-19, 2016IP (Biloxi, Mississippi)Sep 16
5September 29 – October 10, 2016Horseshoe S. Indiana (Louisville)Oct 07
6October 13-24, 2016Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago)Oct 21
7October 27 – November 7, 2016Harveys Lake Tahoe (Nevada)Nov 04
8November 10-21, 2016Palm Beach Kennel Club (Florida)Nov 18
9November 24 – December 5, 2016Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)Dec 02
10December 1-12, 2016The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles)Dec 09
11January 12-23, 2017Choctaw Durant (Dallas/Oklahoma)Jan 20
12January 19-30, 2017Horseshoe Tunica (Mississippi)Jan 27
13February 2-13, 2017Potawatomi (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)Feb 10
14February 9-20, 2017Palm Beach Kennel Club (Florida)Feb 17
15February 23 – March 6, 2017Bally’s Las VegasMar 03
16March 4-15, 2017The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles)Mar 11
17March 9-20, 2017Harrah’s Atlantic City (New Jersey)Mar 17
18March 16-27, 2017Hard Rock (Tulsa, Oklahoma)Mar 24
19March 30 – April 10, 2017Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Omaha/Iowa)Apr 07
20April 13-24, 2017Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)Apr 21
21April 27 – May 8, 2017Horseshoe Baltimore (Maryland)May 05
22May 11-22, 2017Harrah’s New Orleans (Louisiana)May 19
TBDWSOP Global Casino ChampionshipTBD

And here’s the first six stops on the international side of the WSOP slate:

September 8–20, 2016CASINO CAMPIONE Campione, ItalySep 16
September 29 – October 9, 2016SPIELBANK BERLIN, Berlin, GermanyOct 06
October 27 – November 14, 2016KING’S CASINO, Rozvadov, Czech RepublicNov 10
November 3-16, 2016SONESTA MAHO BEACH RESORT & CASINO, St Maarten, CaribbeanNov 12
November 11-27, 2016CERCLE CLICHY MONTMARTRE, Paris, FranceNov 23
December 2-11, 2016ENJOY CONRAD PUNTA DEL ESTE, Punta del Este, UruguayDec 08

But wait, there’s more! (As the cheesy infomercials always say.)  On the international side, the Berlin, Paris, St. Maarten and Uruguay stops are all first-timers, and that’s just the 2016 portion.  According to the WSOP’s announcement, as many as eight more international WSOPC series will round out that part of the slate, all to be announced at a later date.

Instead of bracelets, of course, it’s rings for Circuit winners, and the “12 Rings in 12 Days” theme returns in 2016-17.  The non-main ring events at each stop feature $365 buy-ins, while each stop’s main event offers a $1,675 buy-in, the same as last year.

On the US side, the WSOP Circuit’s “Global Casino Championship” returns as well, and offers successful players a points chase system towards the year-ending championship event.  The international side of the slate also sends players to the Global Casino Championship, though under a slightly different structure.

For the US side, here’s how the WSOP details it:

Players can qualify for the 2016/17 Global Casino Championship several ways (a.) win a Circuit Main Event at any domestic or international stop (b.) win a “Casino Championship,” which is defined as the player at each stop who accumulates the most points throughout the 12-event gold ring schedule at any domestic or international stop (c.) be one of the top 50 cumulative point earners over the entire season who hasn’t otherwise qualified (Domestic tour only). Each of these projected 122 players will receive a “free roll” seat into the culminating event.

Another way to enter the 2016-17 Global Casino Championship during the Circuit Season is to win any official “ring event”. Anyone who doesn’t otherwise qualify for entry due to an automatic invite or cumulative standings will be eligible to buy-in to the WSOP Global Casino Championship for $10,000. Likewise, the top 100 ranked players from the previous year’s WSOP Player of the Year, may also buy in for $10,000 (thus the 2016 WSOP POY Standings in this case). Every penny of all additional $10,000 buy-ins will be added to the $1 million the WSOP is putting into the prize pool.

Detailed event schedules for each stop on the 2016 WSOP slate will be available on the WSOP.com site.

According to the WSOP’s Executive Director, Ty Stewart, “We are excited to be adding a couple new stops to the domestic tour this year, expanding the international tour and continuing to refine each stop to make them bigger and better.  We want to continue to provide the opportunity for everyone to take a shot at becoming a World Series of Poker champion.”

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