The world is preparing to return to normal in 2022 after the last two years of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit has been out of action for the last 18 months due to the pandemic but is now ready to make a comeback.
World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit
The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is currently taking place at the Rio in Las Vegas and the WSOP has done a great job so far in running a massive live poker tournament and not registering any COVID-19 breakouts. Once the 2021 WSOP comes to a close on Nov 23, it will be time for the 17th season of the WSOPC.
The WSOPC has released its schedule for the upcoming season but it isn’t a full schedule. The partial schedule shows that a total of 13 stops have been scheduled as of now with more stops set to be added in the coming months.
In a statement, Ty Stewart, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the WSOP said “It’s been too long, so it’s great to see the Circuit hitting the road once again. The WSOPC is one of our most important initiatives, allowing regional players to experience big-time poker and providing grinders a platform to earn a living. We’re pumped up about the new ‘Tournament of Champions’ format where all our winners will come together for one event. Just win and you’re in!”
New Season Starts Nov 2021
The 17th season of the WSOPC will start next month as the first stop will take place in Cherokee, North Carolina at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. The tour will start on Thanksgiving Day which is Nov 25 and the highlight of the event will be the Main Event which has a $1,700 buy-in. Like all WSOPC events, there will be gold rings up for grabs for all events that have a buy-in of $250 or more. This stop will come to an end on Dec 6.
There will be two more stops in Dec 2021 with the first one taking place from Dec 4 to 15 at the popular Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles and the second stop will take place at the Hilton Aruba from Dec 9 to 19.
The new season will feature three new stops all of which will take place in 2022. The three new stops on the schedule as of now include a stop at Pompano Beach, Florida at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park; another one in Verona, New York at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino and one in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino.
To find out the full schedule of events, check out the WSOP website.
Tournament of Champions
The WSOPC is going in with a name change this season as it has decided to rename its Global Casino Championship to Tournament of Champions. It will continue to be a $1 million freeroll but this time it will be by invitation only. Anyone who ends up winning a WSOCP ring via a live event or an online event will automatically become eligible to take part in the Tournament of Champions.
The 17th season of the WSOPC will come to an end in July 2022. All of the WSOPC ring winners will then be eligible to take part in the Tournament of Champions event which will take place in Las Vegas when the 2022 WSOP takes place.
WSOPC Online Events
Even though the live poker circuit is now back in action, WSOPC online events will continue on WSOP.com