WSOP Circuit Starts US-Based Tour Season at Choctaw

WSOP Circuit Starts US-Based Tour Season at Choctaw

Just one day after the 50th Annual World Series of Poker wrapped its summer series in Las Vegas this month, the WSOP Circuit crew kicked off its 2019-2020 season. Player-favorite Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma, was the place to be July 17-29.

The season is the WSOP Circuit’s 16th, and it is already set with 35 stops across the United States.

While the International wing of the WSOP Circuit already got underway in Sochi, Russia, the US WSOPC offers lengthier tournament stops and more chances to win those coveted gold WSOPC rings.

Players are finding several new developments in the 2019-2020 season. The most beneficial to players is the increased payouts in each tournament, upped from 10% to 15%. Also, the big blind ante format is now being used in each tournament, which enhances the action and increases the speed of play.

Choctaw Wraps as Season Begins

The first stop of the WSOP Circuit’s 16th season was at Choctaw, located in Oklahoma but near enough to Texas to attract a wide variety of players.

First up on July 16, the day before the official start to the Choctaw tour stop, was the Seniors NLHE 6-Handed event, which drew 367 players and awarded $15,769 to Mark Dunavin for the win. But the first official ring event was a $400 NLHE Monster Stack tournament, which drew 508 entries and paid $33,140 to winner Andy Belke.

In all, there were 13 ring events, which is the same at every stop. The Main Event was a $1,700 buy-in affair, and it brought in 976 players to create a prize pool of $1,478,640. Hollis Holcomb won it for $255,535 and his very first WSOP ring.

The most historic moment of the Choctaw series, however, was when David Larson won two WSOP Circuit rings in one day. He won Event 7 ($400 NLHE) and Event 9 ($250 NLHE) within the same 24-hour period, one of the few players to ever have done so. He also became one of 55 players to have won a total of four rings. He accomplished the feat in just one year.

Action Continues at Cherokee and Beyond

The rest of the season, as has been revealed thus far, is as follows:

August 1 – August 12, 2019: Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina
August 15 – August 26, 2019: Foxwoods in Connecticut
August 29 – September 9, 2019: Ameristar St. Charles near St. Louis in Missouri
September 5 – September 16, 2019: Thunder Valley near Sacramento in California
September 12 – September 23, 2019: Potawatomi in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
September 17 – September 29, 2019: WSOP Online (players in New Jersey and Nevada)
September 19 – September 30, 2019: Seminole Coconut Creek in Florida
September 26 – October 7, 2019: Horseshoe Southern Indiana near Louisville
October 3 – October 14, 2019: Horseshoe Baltimore in Maryland
October 10 – October 21, 2019: Horseshoe Hammond near Chicago in Indiana
October 24 – November 4, 2019: Harveys Lake Tahoe in Nevada
October 28 – November 11, 2019: Choctaw Durant in Oklahoma
November 14 – November 25, 2019: Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada
November 28 – December 9, 2019: Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina
November 30 – December 11, 2019: Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, California
December 5 – December 16, 2019: IP Biloxi in Mississippi
December 12 – December 22, 2019: Harrah’s Las Vegas in Nevada
January 2 – January 14, 2020: Choctaw Durant in Oklahoma
January 9 – January 20, 2020: Thunder Valley near Sacramento in California
January 16 – January 27, 2020: Horseshoe Tunica in Mississippi
January 30 – February 10, 2020: Potawatomi in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
February 6 – February 17, 2020: Seminole Hard Rock Tampa in Florida
February 14 – February 25, 2020: Rio Las Vegas in Nevada
February 20 – March 2, 2020: Horseshoe Hammond near Chicago in Indiana
February 25 – March 8, 2020: WSOP Online (players in New Jersey and Nevada)
February 27 – March 10, 2020: Horseshoe Bossier City in Louisiana
March 5 – March 16, 2020: Harrah’s Atlantic City in New Jersey
March 7 – March 18, 2020: Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, California
March 12 – March 23, 2020: Hard Ruck Tulsa in Oklahoma
March 19 – March 30, 2020: Bally’s Las Vegas in Nevada
March 26 – April 6, 2020: Horseshoe Council Bluffs in Iowa
April 8 – April 20, 2020: Horseshoe Cherokee in North Carolina
April 23 – May 4, 2020: Horseshoe Tunica in Mississippi
May 7 – May 18, 2020: Harrah’s New Orleans in Louisiana

The locations set for the coming weeks do have full schedules posted on the WSOP website, including any event guarantees, and more schedules will be added as they are available and the dates near.

About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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