The 16th season of World Series of Poker Circuit kicks off on July 17 at Choctaw Durant right after the current season wraps up in Las Vegas. This week, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) released the 2019/2020 Circuit schedule and the new scheme promises an increase in the payouts, Big Blind Ante format at all tournaments, as well as record 35 stops.
On Wednesday, one of the world’s largest live poker brands, WSOP, announced the new dates and locations for the upcoming season of the U.S. Circuit. The schedule includes 35 stops and along with the traditional venues that host the prestigious poker events, this year, there are six new locations. One of them is Ameristar St. Charles in St. Louis, Missouri, which returns as a host venue since 2015 and holds a WSOP festival starting August 29.
The 2019-20 WSOP Circuit schedule is here. 35 stops this year, payouts increasing 50% and Big Blind Ante throughout.
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— WSOP (@WSOP) May 1, 2019
Another new property on the list is the Horseshoe Baltimore in the Maryland/ D.C. area (Oct. 3), followed by a brand new stop on the Las Vegas Strip – from December 12, the Convention Center at Harrah’s Las Vegas will host one of WSOP Circuit tournaments. The other two new locations in the schedule are Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa in Florida (Feb. 6) and Louisiana’s Horseshoe Bossier City (Feb. 27).
More Changes to the WSOP U.S. Circuit
Along with all dates on the schedule and the new locations, the World Series of Poker also revealed several changes for the new season that will certainly make the live tournaments much more exciting. The most important of them is the 50% increase in the number of players that will be guaranteed payouts. Currently, the standard percentage of the field that makes it to the money levels is 10 percent but for the new season, WSOP says that 15 percent of the field will receive cash prizes.
The 16th season will also see all stops featuring the Big Blind Ante, a format that has been adopted by more and more tournaments in the past two years. In addition, players can expect at least 12 official gold ring events at each stop and a $1,700 Main Event. As always, Main Event winners will qualify for the invitation-only Global Casino Championship. Winning a seat for the prestigious championship can also be achieved by accumulating the most points at any stop in open gold ring events, or by getting a spot among the top 50 point earners in the WSOP Circuit standings.
Several new and noteworthy features coming to 2019 WSOP.
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Main Event Seat Giveaways
$500 Hot Seat Promotion
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— WSOP (@WSOP) April 29, 2019
The guaranteed prize pool for the Global Casino Championship starts from $1 million but it will dramatically increase with the additional $10,000 buy-ins. This year, the Global Casino Championship is scheduled for August 6-8 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina and it will feature up to 132 automatic qualifiers.