Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit


On October 25, 2004 Harrah's announced the creation of the World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit that marked the beginning of the 36th annual World Series of Poker season. And with it began their efforts to evolve the World Series of Poker from a month long frenzied rush into a year long sport. The Tournament Circuit is a set of poker tournament stops at different casinos that will host all-comer events for players seeking high-level top quality poker action. It also allows players based on their performance at the tournament circuit events and the World Series of Poker, to qualify them for entry into the Tournament of Champions event. The Tournament of Champions is a freeroll event meaning that no player who will participate has to put up any of his or her own funds to play. Harrah's determines the number of players from each of the tournament circuit events who will qualify.

With the popularity of poker on the rise, Harrah's sought to capitalize on this movement by having 5 legs of the circuit that would be open to anyone who wanted to play regardless of skill level. In 2005 events were held in Atlantic City, NJ during January, San Diego, CA in February, Las Vegas, NV in March, Lake Tahoe, NV in April and New Orleans, LA in May. Each of the events were taped and will be aired on ESPN. All champions who won their events received a WSOP championship gold ring and a sizable amount of cash, which easily reached the six-figure level in the Main Events. The buy-ins for the tournaments ranged from a few hundred dollars to $10,000 per person for participation in the Championship Main Event held at each circuit leg. The game for each of the Main Events was Texas No-Limit Hold'Em poker.

The response from the poker playing public was well received drawing noted professionals like Erick Lindgren, Mimi Tran, Chris Ferguson, Chad Brown, Dewey Tomko, Robert Williamson III, Andy Bloch, J.C. Tran, Jennifer Harman Traniello, Tony Ma, Phil Ivey, John Cernuto, David Pham, Joe Awada, Antonio Esfandiari and others to the tables. It also brought out many superior regional poker players who are well known and respected in their areas of the country.

Since the acquisition of the World Series of Poker name and brand in 2004, Harrah's has been on a mission to expand the name into their properties and new areas of which the tournament circuit is one, so you can trust that this will be around for a number of years. Now the amount of "rake" the company earns from event prize pools is 6%, and this money is used to pay dealers and other expenses. Given the magnitude of tournament operations, that can't leave that much for profit. So why do they do it? A company spokesperson stated that the international exposure, newspaper and media coverage they are receiving on these events is priceless to them. It is helping to lay the groundwork for the corporation to expand greater than what they already are. So you can count on Harrah's to continue the effort to make the World Series of Poker bigger and better than it presently is.

Tom Howze is a webmaster for 9 sites that relate to 2005 World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour events, updates and information.


MORE RESOURCES:

State should hold its horses on casino gambling
Glens Falls Post-Star
Moody's Investment Services recently downgraded the gambling industry from “stable” to “negative.” Eleven of the 15 states that have casino gambling have shown year over year declines in revenues. Moody's predicts revenues reported by states will ...



Dog racing dying with spread of casino gambling
GamingTodaySlotsToday
But, that was before the spread of casino gambling. Now, casinos are feeling the impact of over-abundance while most dog tracks have been shuttered. Lack of attendance and a growing concern over the treatment and health of the animals caused most ...

and more »


NBCNews.com

Editorial: Chasing the fool's gold of casino gambling
SILive.com
This Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 file photo shows the Trump Plaza Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The owners of the Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City say they expect to shut it down in mid-September. Trump Entertainment Resorts tells The Associated ...
Casino Expansion Proposal Riding On North-South Political DealNJ Spotlight
Opinion: Atlantic City casino shake-out could be devastating to troubled cityNJ.com
Atlantic City: Casinos, gambling and the economyDigiNews
New York Times -Washington Post -World Socialist Web Site
all 265 news articles »


Genting bets on New York casino gambling
MiamiHerald.com
Malaysian gaming giant Genting Group — stymied so far in its bid to bring casino gambling to Miami — is pushing hard in New York, where it is competing to win casino licenses under a 2013 law that cleared the way for full-fledged gambling in the state.

and more »


Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane says repeal of casino gambling ...
MassLive.com
LONGMEADOW — Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane, in response to a question on the matter, has offered his thoughts on the effect of the Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court's recent decision to allow state voters to decide the legality of ...



Boston Globe

Casino gambling, sick time, bottle bill and gas tax questions make ...
MassLive.com
BOSTON — Questions on casino gambling, mandatory sick leave, the bottle bill and a gas tax increase will all go before Massachusetts voters in November. Secretary of State William Galvin announced Thursday that the questions will go on the ballot in ...
Galvin announces order of ballot questionsTurn to 10
Ballot question backers face one more deadlineBoston Herald
4 Ballot Questions Before Mass. VotersNew England Public Radio

all 50 news articles »


NorthJersey.com

Sweeney says NJ voters could decide whether to expand casino gambling ...
The Star-Ledger
TRENTON — State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said there could be a referendum on the ballot next November asking New Jersey voters to expand casino gambling to the northern part of the state, according to a report by The Record. Sweeney ...
NJ Senate president open to north Jersey casinosDailyrecord.com
New Jersey Gamblers Would Go to New York Casinos, Says Poll Casino.orgCasino.Org News

all 31 news articles »


Council OKs new payment schedule for casino's gambling-tax debt
Longview Daily News
Cadillac Island Casino will pay its back taxes at a slower rate after the Longview City Council on Thursday night agreed to restructure its debt payments. The casino owes $260,000 in gambling taxes and had been making monthly payments of more than ...



Boston Globe

Sweetheart Deal: Casino Gambling, East Boston, And Mohegan Sun
WGBH NEWS
So, call me jealous since I live in the Back Bay and not Eastie, but I don't get why it's such a great thing that Mayor Marty Walsh has shaken down Mohegan Sun for $18 million a year to hand over to just one neighborhood for “improvements” when frankly ...
Boston scores lucrative deal with Mohegan in Revere casino bidBoston Herald
Sources: Boston has verbal agreement for 'host-like' surrounding community ...MassLive.com
Walsh: Casino deal at hand with MoheganNECN

all 92 news articles »


Sonoma Fire Agencies Use Graton Casino's Gambling Profits To Build New Station
CBS Local
SONOMA COUNTY (CBS SF) — Struggling Sonoma County fire agencies will begin to reap the profits from Rohnert Parks' Graton Resort and Casino in a new deal that will provide greater emergency services. The deal was struck as part of a crime mitigation ...
Fire departments reap casino rewardsPetaluma Argus Courier

all 4 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.