Harrah’s continues their overhaul of the once-struggling WSOP-C franchise, announcing today the addition of two new stops to the tour.
The stops in question were awarded to two states that have recently overhauled their laws concerning poker: Florida and Pennsylvania.
Florida, which recently raised the dollar cap that had previously hamstrung the ability of large buy in tournaments to operate in the state, will be hosting a WSOP-C event at Palm Beach Kennel Club in Palm Beach.
“Florida was definitely a market we wanted to serve, as the residents of the sunshine state have been loyal participants at the WSOP in Las Vegas,” said WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart. “After careful consideration of our options, it was clear that the Palm Beach Kennel Club could accommodate the kind of numbers we expect for a Circuit Event in this market. Players who have visited there rave about the staff and the unique dynamic of playing poker overlooking the live action on the track.”
Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack, located just south of Philadelphia, will play host to the newly added Pennsylvania leg of the World Series of Poker Circuit Tour, the first major event to be held in the recently constructed 25-table poker room at Harrah’s Chester.
Revisions to the gambling law in Pennsylvania over the last two years have made it possible for poker to be offered in a variety of live settings, the most common of which is a racetrack / casino hybrid such as Harrah’s Chester.
Below find the revised 2010-11 WSOP-C schedule:
December 4 – December 22, 2010
Harrah’s Atlantic City
January 6 – 25, 2011
Choctow Durant, Oklahoma (Dallas)
January 27 – February 15, 2011
February 17 – March 1, 2011
Palm Beach Kennel Club (Florida)
March 2 – March 13, 2011
Caesars Atlantic City
March 11 – March 30, 2011
Harrah’s Rincon (San Diego area)
March 31 – April 13, 2011
Harrah’s St. Louis
April 14 – April 30, 2011
April 28 – May 9, 2011
Harrah’s Chester (Pennsylvania)
May 9 – May 22, 2011
Harrah’s New Orleans
May 27-29, 2011
WSOP Circuit National Championship
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
The expansion of the WSOP into Florida comes on the heels of this year’s stunning success of Florida-based players in the Main Event of the WSOP, where one third of the final table of the ME hailing from the state.