WSOP International Circuit Releases 2020 Stops
The World Series of Poker isn’t just a summer series anymore. In addition to the primary WSOP in Las Vegas each summer, there is a WSOP Europe, along with a WSOP Circuit series that runs from July/August to May/June.
The WSOP Circuit has grown so much in the past few years that it has been divided into a US-based tour and the WSOP International Circuit.
The 2019/2020 international tour got underway in July 2019 in Sochi, Russia. The first half of the season – running through the end of 2019 – was then released, but the events set for 2020 remained a mystery until last week.
Now, the full schedule for the remainder of the WSOP International Circuit is now available.
Winners Thus Far
When the 2019/2020 WSOP International Circuit kicked off in July, the action went from Russia to Canada, Brazil to the Czech Republic, and to Mexico. Tournaments are currently playing out in Holland and Aruba.
The results of the Main Event of each stop so far were as follows:
–Sochi, Russia = 1,310 entries with $1,211,750 prize pool, Alexey Melnikov wins $121,725
–Montreal, Quebec, Canada = 2,142 entries with $2,067,740 prize pool, Joe Pellegrino wins $300K
–Rio de Janeiro, Brazil = 1,013 entries with R$3,780,850 prize pool, Kadu Campion Rozzi wins $700K
–Rozvadov, Czech Republic = 768 entries with €1,190,400 prize pool, Jakub Oliva wins €215,350
–Monterrey, Mexico = 1,016 entries with M$18,288,000 prize pool, Roberto Borrego wins $3,383,280
Busy Remainder of 2019
As it stands, the 2019 schedule is keeping WSOP staff members quite busy, as there are three events going on at this time and another scheduled for December as follows:
November 14-22: Holland Casino in Rotterdam, Holland (14 tournaments)
November 14-24: Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino in Aruba (10 tournaments)
November 14 – December 9: The Star Sydney in Sydney, Australia (14 tournaments)
December 6-14: Enjoy Punta del Este Resort in Punta del Este, Uruguay (7 ring events)
Today, 3 INTL Circuit stops begin on 3 different continents!@wsoparubahttps://t.co/cRbs754kD1@StarPokerSydneyhttps://t.co/6kF6SYaRxg@hollandcasino Rotterdamhttps://t.co/6O4SLIzAf8 pic.twitter.com/e0GO3HMTwq
— WSOP – World Series of Poker (@WSOP) November 14, 2019
Everyone will then take a WSOPC break until the second week of January.
New 2020 International Circuit Stops
On November 13, the WSOP revealed the seven additional stops on the international tour.
Beginning on January 10 in Morocco and ending in June in Barcelona, the action will repeat two popular stops but also take players to two popular French poker clubs and a beach location on the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean.
The schedule is as follows:
January 10-19 at Casino de Marrakech in Morocco
March 5-23 at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic
March 25 – April 5 at Casino Royale in Sonesto Maho Beach on St. Maarten
April 9-19 at Casino Barriere le Croisette in Cannes, France
May 18 – June 1 at Club Pierre Charron in Paris, France
May 30 – June 7 at Casino de Marrakech in Morocco
June 11-21 at Casino Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain
The schedules for each of the stops have yet to be published but will presumably be completed at least a month before each stop.
WSOP Director leading the international series, Gregory Chochon, said, “We continue to see great interest and feedback in our International Circuit series. New markets have performed well, and we’re continually searching for new locales to bring the WSOP experience to players in those regions.”
It should be noted that the WSOP International Circuit continues on through June because many players outside of the United States cannot make the trek to Las Vegas for the summer tournaments. The lower buy-in Circuit action gives them the opportunity to compete for WSOP rings.
2020 WSOP International Circuit Schedule Solidified
— WSOP – World Series of Poker (@WSOP) November 13, 2019
Part of WSOP Global Casino Championship
As is the case for all tournaments on the WSOP Circuit, the international stops also provide the chance to qualify for the WSOP Global Casino Championship.
Every player to win a Main Event at a Circuit stop wins an automatic entry into the tournament, as does every player who wins the Casino Championship. Each stop tracks player points on a leaderboard, and the person with the most points at the end becomes the Casino Champion.
Those two inning players per international stop wins a complimentary seat to the WSOP Global Casino Championship to be held in August 2020 at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina in the USA. Players winning from outside the US will also be given free hotel accommodations and travel money to enable them to make the trip.
There will be a $1 million prize pool for that event.