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For many poker players, the annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is out of reach. The buy-ins for most events are too high, as average poker players cannot typically afford to play events like the $10K Main Event and even many others on the summer schedule. The airfare, hotel, and general expenses of a trip to Las Vegas alone can be prohibitive.

For those reasons, players around America anxiously await the release of the WSOP Circuit schedule.

It was announced last week, and the 2016-2017 lineup not only adds new stops across America but gives international players more chances to compete for WSOP gold rings, cash, status, and seats to bigger WSOP events like the Global Casino Championship.

New Stops on American WSOP Circuit Tour

WSOP circuit ring

Credit: WSOP

Players around the United States can start looking forward to WSOP Circuit stops as early as next month. The tour kicks off at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina on August 4 with a series of low buy-in tournaments and a Main Event that will run from August 12-15. All of the preliminary events offer buy-ins of $365 or $580, with the Main Event priced at $1,675 and a High Roller option available for $2,200 or higher. In addition to the 12 gold ring events, there are also lower buy-in tournaments, like the $135 ladies-only event and $135 nightly events. Best of all, there are satellites into all of the tournaments, which start as low as $65.

As the WSOP Circuit rolls on, the tour offers events at casinos from the West to East coasts, with numerous stops in between in states like Oklahoma, Indiana, and Nevada. Two new stops were added this season, with action heading to Potawatomi in Milwaukee in February and the Hard Rock in Tulsa in March. The Biloxi stop is back on the schedule after a hiatus, and the season finale will again be at Harrah’s in New Orleans in mid-May.

There are 22 stops on the domestic tour altogether, with each offering more than a week full of tournaments for players of all bankroll levels.

Players who win rings throughout the season qualify for extra benefits by becoming the Casino Champion at a particular stop. Those Casino Champions and Main Event winners all win complimentary seats to the season-ending Global Casino Championship, the location of which has yet to be determined but is promising a $1 million-added prize pool. Others can win seats via the Player of the Year standings, as the top 100 players will win entries, too.

Hello International Players!

In addition to the 22 WSOP Circuit stops in America, the new schedule features six international events as well. And the best news is that the World Series of Poker organizers expect to add up to eight more on the 2017 half of the schedule.

The first of the international festivals will be at Casino Campione in Campion, Italy, with preliminary events running from September 8-20 and the Main Event set for September 16-20. The tour then hits Spielbank Berlin in Germany from September 29 to October 9, King’s Casino in the Czech Republic from October 27 to November 14, Sonesta Maho Beach Casino on St. Maarten in the Caribbean from November 3-16, and Cerle Clichy Montmartre in France from November 11-27. The final international stop of the year will be at Enjoy Conrad Punta del Este in Uruguay from December 2-11.

Those playing at these events will be able to qualify for the season-ending Global Casino Championship, with rankings taking place at each casino for Casino Champion titles. They will win seats, along with the Main Event winner at each stop.

The WSOP Circuit schedule is the perfect way to give players around the world the opportunity to play in WSOP-sponsored tournaments and win their way to the bigger events. With the most modest of bankrolls, poker fans can become players and share in the excitement of participating in and winning prestigious events at a wide variety of locations.

As most of us watch the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas from afar, we can actually plan to be a part of the action throughout the year on a scale that doesn’t break the bank.

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Jennifer Newell

Jennifer has been a freelance writer in the poker industry for a decade. She left a full-time job with the World Poker Tour to tell the stories of poker. She now lives in St. Louis, writes about poker while pursuing other varied interests, and speaks her mind on Twitter… a lot.