After a thrilling poker season with over $66.5 million in prizes awarded, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is now preparing for the upcoming 2018/2019 circuit. This year’s season will begin on August 2 at Harrah’s Cherokee. Early this week, WSOP announced its new US Circuit schedule, confirming that there will be a record 28 stops among many other important updates.
Many of the hosting venues for the upcoming season will be the same as the past season’s hosts, with just a few exceptions. One is the Horseshoe Baltimore, which has been struck off the schedule entirely. The 2018/2019 US Circuit’s first stop will take place at the North Carolina-based Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, with tournaments starting on August 2 and ending on August 18, 2018.
Yet again, the upcoming season will end at one of the circuit’s most traditional hosting venues, Harrah’s New Orleans, in May next year. Naturally, all 28 circuit stops will award seats to the coveted Global Casino Championship, in which top players from every festival will go head to head in a bid to win a gold bracelet for themselves.
The WSOP US Circuit’s fifteenth season will again swing around twice to Florida, but this time, both stops will take place at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. In March next year, the 10-day poker festival will be held at Bally’s Las Vegas, while WSOP’s schedule also highlights two stops at Boston’s Horseshoe Hammond and two stops at Mississippi’s Horseshoe Tunica. Furthermore, there will also be two stops at California’s Thunder Valley Casino this season.
Every stop of the WSOP tour this year will give competitors the chance to earn a gold ring in at least 12 tournaments, which will offer $250 buy-ins. During the upcoming poker season, at least 336 gold-ring winners will be invited to participate in the Global Casino Championship in 2019. All of those players who earn the necessary number of points will also gain entry to the championship, which boasts guaranteed prizes of $1 million or more.
Aside from a few minor venue changes, the fifteenth season of WSOP’s US Circuit is set to boast numerous thrilling offers and updates. Official ring events will now allow participants to begin with far more chips, while $400 buy-ins will increase their starting chips to 15,000. Main Events will have buy-ins of $1,700 each, as well as starting chips of 30,000. Many events will boast different entry fees this year, while higher buy-in events will generally remain the same.
Lastly, the upcoming WSOP season will boast even more Big Blind Ante games, which organisers have noted was an extremely successful format during the previous season. This game structure is soaring in popularity due to its convenience for poker players and its faster, more action-packed game play as well.