WSOP Circuit Series Continues Global Expansion

Updated: November 24th, 2016 by Dev Ops

The World Series of Poker Circuit Series, often referred to as the “WSOP Circuit” tour or the unofficial acronym WSOPC, continues to expand both within the US and around the globe.  Just this week, the international portion of the series has either announced or confirmed at least six upcoming series stops for the second half of the ongoing 2016-17 season, swelling to at least 14 the number of such stops, spread across five continents, for the WSOP’s international presence.

wsop_circuit_logoThe six confirmed new stops in a recent WSOPC release include one that was previously announced and in fact has just begun, at the Star, a prominent venue in Sydney, Australia.  These six stops have been officially added to the WSOP Circuit’s 2016-17 international tour:

  • Sydney, Australia – November 22-December 12, 2016 – The Star, Sydney
  • Marrakech, Morocco – January 14-22, 2017 – Casino de Marrakech
  • Campione, Italy – March 6–20, 2017 – Casino Campione D’Italia
  • Cannes, France – April 17-24, 2017 – Casino Barriere Cannes le Croisette
  • Estoril, Portugal – May 1-7, 2017 – Casino Estoril
  • Brussels, Belgium – May 19-28, 2017 – Grand Casino Brussels VIAGE

Along with a stop in Uruguay next month that had also previously been announced, plus a hint from WSOP.com Editor-in-Chief Seth Palansky that at least one more international stop is still in the works, at least 14 international series are now likely for the series’ 2016-17 slate.

The WSOP Circuit’s International Tour, officially launched for the 2015-16 season, is one of the most obvious pushes of the stated goal by WSOP and Caesars Entertainment officials to grow the game globally.  The WSOP Circuit and Circuit International tours, which offer “mid price” events to hundreds of thousands of poker fanatics who often can’t afford the expense of a trip to the WSOP or another major global poker event, has been a stunning success.  Since the first US-based Circuit stops were launched a little over a decade ago, the joint tours have grown exponentially.  For the 2016-17 seasons, which run through May, the 14 international stops are joined by 22 more domestic (within the US) stops.  That makes for at least 36 total series, almost all of which run 12 days or more.

Toss in satellite events, non-ring events, plus a surge in cash-game traffic, and that’s a whole lot of poker.  Logistically, the rise of the WSOP Circuit series has been a tremendous achievement, involving tremendous coordination between the WSOP and various casino officials.  Originally, Circuit stops were held only at Caesars properties, but in recent years — and in particular, on the international tour — that has changed, with each venue providing not only the playing space, but the labor and equipment as well.

When one realizes, as noted in a recent WSOP Circuit statement, that all such Circuit stops combined account for more actual paid entrants than the seven-week long WSOP each summer in Las Vegas, then the success of the Circuit tours is even more evident.

“We are very pleased to add these additional stops to the WSOP Circuit,” said WSOP Director Gregory Chochon, who heads up the WSOP’s international expansion plans and can take much of the credit for the recent success. “We have been very judicious on which locales and casinos we will work with and believe we have found terrific partners in each of these markets to help bring the WSOP brand to a local and regional audience.”

Also worth noting is the Circuit and “Circuit International” tours aren’t totally autonomous: Both send qualifiers to the season-ending WSOP Global Casino Championship. Two qualifiers from each international stop receive automatic invites, the stop’s Main Event winner and the Casino (overall points) champions.  The WSOP has not announced as of today the dates or venue for this year’s cuminating championship, though in previous years it’s been held in late May in Las Vegas.

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