The Importance of the WSOP Circuit
Most poker players, online and offline, dream of playing in the World Series of Poker, however to most players it's just a dream. The cost of a trip to the biggest event in poker, combined with the large buy in's make it impossible for most, but there is an alternative, and a great one at that. The World Series of Poker introduced their Circuit events in 2005 and these fantastic tournament series take place in casinos across the US offering players the chance to participate in WSOP tournaments at a fraction of the cost of those offered in the WSOP as we know it. Getting involved in a WSOP Circuit event is easy to do and you'll find a great mix of tournaments and buy in's available, as well as a real mix of players, from WSOP bracelet holders, WSOP Circuit grinders, amateur players and a bunch of casino regulars, local to where the event is being played.
Big Events at Your Local Casino
The WSOP Circuit schedule has steadily grown since its inception in 2005 and there's always additions being made to that schedule, which changes each year. Circuit events are spread far and wide across the country and you'll find them in many states. The 2013/2014 schedule has a total of 22 stops and includes Lake Tahoe, River Rock, Hammond, Atlantic City, San Diego, Tunica, Philadelphia, New Orleans and plenty more. All WSOP Circuit events take place at the finest casinos, places like Harrah's, The Horseshoe, Caesar's Palace and Foxwoods Casinos where you'll get the best treatment and a warm welcome.
How to Play in a WSOP Circuit Event
To get involved in a WSOP Circuit event you simply need to visit the wsop.com website and check the information there, or alternatively, if you know where the event is taking place simply give the casino a call and they will be only to happy to help. Each event will have its own tournament schedule which will include many tourney variations, along with a varying degree of buy in's that range from as little as around the $300 mark, up to the Main Events that cost just over the $1,500 area, and again, either check on the site, or at the casino for full details of specific circuit events. You'll find that all WSOP Circuit Main Events are Texas Hold'em tournaments, however there will be plenty of other tourneys available, such as Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha, with again each event offering something different on its schedule.
Why Play in a WSOP Circuit Tournament Series Event?
Players enjoy participating in WSOP circuit events for a variety of reasons. To some, they are a whole lot of fun, they use up their vacation time and play some poker. For local players they offer something drastically different at their local casino, and that is always a big attraction. For many however they provide an unbeatable environment in which to play and practice their live tournament game with the hope of doing well and taking things to the next level. There are many professional poker players who whilst still play in WSOP Circuit events, they initially used them to cut their teeth before heading to other things. Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson and the latest WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess have all played WSOP Circuit events, and don't think for a second that the list of players ends there. WSOP Circuit events are great for a number of reasons and since their 2005 inception have been welcomed and well attended by players from all over the US.