The eighth season of the WSOP Circuit features a total of 16th stops beginning on September 8th with the newly added stop at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Bossier City, in Louisiana, and closing on May, 2012 at the Harrah’s New Orleans Casino.
The unofficial motto of this year’s WSOP Circuit Tour is “12 Rings in 12 Days.” Each tournament stop this season will run for 12 days and will award 12 gold rings. Additionally, each tournament stop will close with a $1,600 NLHE main event. No $10,000 buy-in Regional Championships will be offered this season. Buy-ins will range from $300 to $1,600.
The 2011/12 season will culminate with the WSOP Circuit National Championship at the end of the season. The exact date of the WSOP National Championship has not been determined.
The National Championship will feature a field of 200 players, including one-hundred players coming from the WSOP Circuit, and 100 participants who enjoyed success in the open bracelet events at the 2010 or 2011 WSOP and WSOP Europe. Each WSOP Circuit stop Main Event winner will receive an automatic entry into the National Championship. Entries will also be awarded to all “Casino Champions” at each participating venue. A Casino Champion is defined as the player at each stop whom accumulates the most points throughout the 12-event gold ring schedule.
“We made great strides with the WSOP Circuit tour last year. But we also learned a lot. We’ve rid ourselves of the things that didn’t work and added several new exciting wrinkles that will pit the best American tournament grinders against top performing worldwide players in a culminating championship befitting the grandest stage the World Series of Poker can offer.” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.
2011-12 WSOP Circuit schedule:
September 8th to 19th: Horseshoe Casino Bossier City, Louisiana
September 29th to October 10th: Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana
October 13th to 24th : Horseshoe Hammond, Chicago
October 27th to November 7th: IP Casino Resort & Spa, Biloxi, MS
November 10th to 21st: Harveys Resort & Casino Lake Tahoe, Nevada
December 1st to 12th: Harrah’s Atlantic City, New Jersey
January 12th to 23rd: Choctaw Casino Resort Durant, Oklahoma
January 19th to 30th : Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
February 3rd to 13th: Harrah’s Tunica, Mississippi
February 16th to 27th: Palm Beach Kennel Club, Florida
March 1st to 12th: Caesars Atlantic City
March 15th to 26th : Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort, San Diego, CA
March 29th to April 9th: Horseshoe Council Bluffs, Iowa
April 12th to 23rd: Harrah’s St. Louis, Missouri
April 26th to May 7th: Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack, Philadelphia
May 10th to 21st: Harrah’s New Orleans