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2005 - 2006 WSOP CIRCUIT



2005 - 2006 WSOP Circuit
Aug 02, 2005
by Jason Kirk

Last year saw the debut of the World Series of Poker Circuit tournaments in five locations around the United States. Much like the original WSOP, each stop on the Circuit offered tournaments in at various buy-in levels. No-limit hold'em dominated the schedule, but a few limit hold'em tournaments were also offered at most of the Circuit events. After a few initial glitches in tournament structures were ironed out, the Circuit proved to be quite successful. Last year 11,079 participants fought it out over $17.1 million in prizes. Some of the biggest names in poker made the final tables, and more than a few amateurs took home big-time prize money.

Fresh on the heels of the 2005 World Series of Poker, the 2005-06 WSOP Circuit season kicks off in Tunica, Mississippi, on August 11th at Grand Casino Tunica. WSOP owner Harrah's is expanding the schedule of tournaments this year after acquiring Caesar's Entertainment and all its properties. Where last year's events were exclusively Limit and No-Limit Hold'em tournaments, this year's Circuit events will also feature Pot-Limit Omaha and Pot-Limit Hold'em. The August event in Tunica, which will replace Grand Casino Tunica's annual Mid-American Poker Classic, is the first of 12 stops along the way. Here's the full schedule for this year's Circuit stops:

  Grand Casino Tunica Aug. 11-25, 2005  
  Harrah’s Las Vegas Sept. 6-16, 2005  
  Grand Casino Biloxi Sept. 29-Oct. 12, 2005  
  Caesars Indiana Oct. 19-Nov. 2, 2005  
  Paris Las Vegas / Bally’s Las Vegas Nov. 9-22, 2005  
  Showboat Atlantic City Nov. 28-Dec. 9, 2005  
  Grand Casino Tunica Jan. 5-26, 2006  
  Harrah’s Atlantic City Feb. 7-17, 2006  
  Caesars Atlantic City March 21-31, 2006  
  Caesars Palace Las Vegas April 3-14, 2006  
  Harrah’s New Orleans May 18-28, 2006  
  Harrah’s Lake Tahoe June 6-16, 2006  

Participants in this year's WSOP Circuit events will receive points based on their standing in each event they play. According to WorldSeriesOfPoker.com, the top 20 points earners from each Circuit event will qualify for the WSOP Circuit Tournament of Champions in late June 2006, where they will match up with the participants from the final table of the WSOP Main Event.

The schedule for the inaugural Tunica event is as follows:

Thursday, August 11 No Limit Hold'em - Buy in $300 + $40 Results
Friday, August 12 Limit Hold'em - Buy in $500 + $50 Results
Saturday, August 13 No Limit Hold'em - Buy in $1,000 + $60 Results
Sunday, August 14 No Limit Hold'em - Buy in $500 + $50 Results
Monday, August 15 Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys - Buy in $500 + $50 Results
Tuesday, August 16 No Limit Hold 'em - Buy in $300 + $40 Results
Wednesday, August 17 Pot Limit Hold'em - Buy in $500 + $50 Results
Thursday, August 18 No Limit Hold'em - Buy in $1,000 + $60 Results
Friday, August 19 No Limit Hold'em - Buy in $1,500 + $80 Results
Saturday, August 20 - No Limit Hold'em - Buy in $2,000 + $80
- Mega Satellite at 7pm - Buy in $500 + $50
Results
 
Sunday, August 21 - 11am - LIPS Ladies No Limit Hold'em - Buy in $200 + $30
- 1pm - Mega Satellite - Buy in $1,000+$60
 

Monday, August 22

No Limit Hold'em Championship Event $10,000 (DAY 1) Recap
Tuesday, August 23 No Limit Hold'em Championship Event $10,000 (DAY 2) Recap
Wednesday, August 24 No Limit Hold'em Championship Event $10,000 (DAY 3) Recap
Thursday, August 25
(Final Table will be taped by ESPN)
No Limit Hold'em Championship Event $10,000 (DAY 4) Recap


Single-table satellites for all WSOP Circuit events at Grand Casino Tunica will begin on August 10th and run until the Championship Event begins. $200+25 Super Satellites for the Championship event will be held nightly at 8PM. Rooms at Grand Casino Tunica can be reserved at a special rate of $49/night. Anyone interested in obtaining this rate can call 1-800-303-7463 ext. 5760, or 662-357-5500, and ask for Laura or Carol.

Now that the WSOP Circuit has expanded to Mississippi and Indiana, players too far from either coast to travel to the more traditional tournament locations will have a chance to vie for big prize money and possibly play against some of their favorite poker superstars. This is an exciting opportunity for those players to take part in the tournament boom. BlindBetPoker.com will feature daily coverage of the inaugural Tunica WSOP Circuit event, so make sure to check in here daily starting August 12th to follow all the action.

2006 World Series of Poker Main Event  Day 1 Report
2006 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 2 and 3 Report
2006 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 4 and 5 Report
2006 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 6 Report


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