The WSOP announced this week the schedule for the 2018-19 World Series of Poker U.S. Circuit tour. The upcoming schedule includes 28 tour stops at top US casinos over a nearly 10-month schedule lasting from August 2, 2018 to May 20, 2019.

The WSOP US Circuit touted the past season as its best ever, as the tour saw a record 133,892 entries and awarded a record $66,585,658 in prize money. The start of the fifteenth season brings more benefits for players, more starting chips, and new price points for the new WSOP U.S. Circuit.

The WSOP tour’s visit to 28 different locations will be linked by a points system connected to the WSOP seasonal leaderboard. The point system results in a gold-bracelet award and has a $1,000,000+ prize pool. The WSOP tour season ends in the Global Casino Championship.

2018-2019 WSOP Circuit Tour Begins

The 2018-19 WSOP Circuit kicked off on August 2nd at Harrah’s Cherokee in western North Carolina. The tour ends at Harrah’s New Orleans on May 9, 2019.

In between, the list of stops includes Bally’s Las Vegas in late March of 2019, as well as both Horseshoe Hammond and Horseshoe Tunica. Viewers will not be seeing Horseshoe Baltimore on the schedule this season, despite several stops there over the years. This time around, Seminole Coconut Creek has taken the spot when the tour hits Florida.

Changes to the WSOP Circuit

Though the WSOP saw big success last season, they have made some changes that they hope will spur improvements. The tournament has introduced some new opportunities for participants who vie for the title. One of the most beneficial changes, at least for players, is the increase in starting chips.

Each official WSOP Circuit ring event now provides players more starting chips compared to the previous season. The most popular buy in of $400 and the Main Event, now $1,700, will increase with starting chips of 50% each. This will make the $400 buy-in a 15,000-chip start and those playing in the Main Event will start with a stack of 30,000 chips. Players tend to prefer big stacks events.

More Buy-in Levels

Another adjustment to the buy-in process the WSOP has done some price point, to give entrants more entry options. These adjustments were made it hopes of easing the process time for both customers and cashiers. They also hope to amp up the prize pools throughout the tournament.

The 2018-19 season will have buy-ins featuring $250, $400, $600, $1,125, $1,700, $2,200, $3,250, and $5,300 ranges. The new adjustments to the 2018-19 season will be $250, $400, and $600. Though the WSOP has opted not to make any changes to the higher buy-ins which will remain the same at $1,125, $2,200, $3,250, and $5,300.

Big Blind Ante

The 2018-19 will see the introduction of Big Blind Ante to some ring events. Instead of players anteing every hand, they ante once an orbit when in the big blind. The new system means players will not slow down play by forgetting to ante. It also speeds up play, because the dealer’s chip collection is less complicated. This change hopes to bring a change of more fun and positive experience.

Jack Effel on WSOP’s 15th Season

Jack Effel, the WSOP Tournament Director, said of the upcoming year, “For our fifteenth season, the time was right to take a hard look at our offering and refreshing it to give players a better experience all around. Everyone loves more starting chips, and we think things like the Big Blind Ante and larger prize pools will be big hits for all players.”

What to Expect for WSOP US Tour

The poker series’ event schedule for each stop will be released as the dates f0r individual tournaments approach and are approved by local regulatory bodies. Each stop will offer a minimum of a dozen official gold ring events starting as low as $250 buy-in. Each Circuit stop this season will also include a $1,700 Main Event.

Most of the stops will encompass a 12-day time-frame beginning on a Thursday and ending with Main Event beginning on the second Friday and lasting four days. Throughout the 12-day period the WSOP will offer players non-stop poker action.

How to Qualify for WSOP Global Casino Championship

In line with WSOP tradition, the Circuit season ends with the Global Casino Championship. The Championship is an invitation-only event involving a minimum prize pool $1,000,000.

There are several different ways players can qualify for the 2018-19 Global Casino Championship. One way to qualify is by winning a Circuit Main Event at any U.S. or international stop.

Players also can qualify by winning a “Casino Championship.” The player at each circuit stop who accumulates the most points for that work throughout the event at any U.S. or international stop qualifies. Finally, players who take a spot as one of the top 50 cumulative point earners over the entire season also qualify.

Each player that qualifies under these conditions will receive a “free roll” seat.

WSOP 2018-2019 U.S. Circuit Tour Schedule

Tournament Venue City/State Date
Harrah’s Cherokee North Carolina August 2-13, 2018
Foxwoods Resorts Casino Connecticut August 16-27, 2018
Thunder Valley Casino Sacramento area, California September 6-17, 2018
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Coconut Creek, Florida September 13-24, 2018
Horseshoe Southern Indiana Louisville, Indiana September 27 – October 8, 2018
Horseshoe Hammond Chicago, Illinois October 11-22, 2018
Harveys Lake Tahoe Reno/Tahoe, Nevada October 25 – November 5, 2018
Choctaw Durant Dallas/Oklahoma October 31 – November 12, 2018
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Strip November 16 -27, 2018
Harrah’s Cherokee North Carolina November 22 – December 3, 2018
The Bicycle Casino Los Angeles, California December 1-12, 2018
IP Casino Resort Spa Biloxi, Mississippi December 6-17, 2018
Choctaw Durant Dallas/Oklahoma January 2-14, 2019
Thunder Valley Casino Sacramento area, California January 10-21, 2019
Horseshoe Tunica Mississippi January 17-28 2019
Potawatomi Milwaukee, Wisconsin January 31 – February 11, 2019
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Coconut Creek, Florida February 7-18, 2019
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Las Vegas February 15-26, 2019
Horseshoe Hammond Chicago February 21 – March 4, 2019
TBA TBA February 28 – March 11, 2019
The Bicycle Casino Los, Angeles, California March 3-14, 2019
Harrah’s Atlantic City New Jersey March 7-18, 2019
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma March 14-25, 2019
Bally’s Las Vegas Strip March 21 – April 1, 2019
Horseshoe Council Bluffs Omaha/Iowa March 28 – April 8, 2019
Harrah’s Cherokee North Carolina April 10-22, 2019
Horseshoe Tunica Mississippi April 25 – May 5, 2019
Harrah’s New Orleans Louisiana (TBD $1 million+ Global Casino Championship May 9-20, 2019

WSOP Qualification through Ring Games

Another way for players to get a spot in the 2018-19 Global Casino Championship during the Circuit Season is by winning any of the official “ring events”. Players who are ring winners who do not otherwise qualify by automatic invite will have the option to buy-in to the Championship for $10,000.

The stipulation also applies to the top 100 ranked players from the previous year’s WSOP Player of the Year, who may also buy-in for $10,000. These additional buy-ins are rake-free. Every bit of all additional $10,000 buy-ins will be then added to the $1 million prize pool provide by the WSOP.

WSOP U.S. Circuit Event stops will each feature standardized tournament structures and payouts. Players who choose to attend each stop will be addressed in a consistent manner at each Circuit Event stop.

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April Bergman was a longtime news blogger for BOC. She wrote gaming news posts from January 2013 until September 2018. April also wrote slot reviews, strategy articles, and online casino reviews for the site.

April Bergman began in the online gaming industry in August 2010. From 2010 to 2013, she managed evergreen content for several top online casino. Her duties included developing and maintaining multiple websites in the gaming space. When not writing about online gambling, April loves horse racing, travel, photography, and gardening. She's began in the business as a devoted poker players and spent several years as a card game editor on the now-defunct DMOZ. These days, she lives with her husband and two children in the Toronto metropolitan area.

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April Bergman was a longtime news blogger for BOC. She wrote gaming news posts from January 2013 until September 2018. April also wrote slot reviews, strategy articles, and online casino reviews for the site.

April Bergman began in the online gaming industry in August 2010. From 2010 to 2013, she managed evergreen content for several top online casino. Her duties included developing and maintaining multiple websites in the gaming space. When not writing about online gambling, April loves horse racing, travel, photography, and gardening. She's began in the business as a devoted poker players and spent several years as a card game editor on the now-defunct DMOZ. These days, she lives with her husband and two children in the Toronto metropolitan area.

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