WSOP Circuit heads to Big Easy

Mar 28, 2005 3:01 AM

The high stakes action of the World Series of Poker Circuit, after a successful tourney at the Rio, is leaving Las Vegas and heading to Harrah’s New Orleans for the first time.

Harrah’s Entertainment, which owns and operates the tournament, recently launched the inaugural World Series of Poker Circuit. The Circuit includes events at several Harrah’s-operated casinos nationwide; its stop at Harrah’s New Orleans from May 18-28 marks the Circuit’s fifth event.

Players who take part in Circuit tournaments can earn points toward the Circuit’s grand finale, the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. The $2 million event will include the top 20 finishers at each Circuit event as well as the nine players who make the final table at the World Series of Poker’s main event. It will be played in Las Vegas in September.

"The World Series of Poker is without question the single most prestigious gambling event anywhere, and we’re thrilled to bring all the excitement of the tournament to Harrah’s New Orleans," said John Payne, senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s New Orleans. "No serious poker player can afford to miss this event and the chance to earn points toward the $2 million free-roll in the fall."