The World Series of Poker ESPN Circuit Tour
The World Series of Poker ESPN Circuit Tour was introduced in 2005 in an attempt to spread the World Series of Poker brand across the United States.
Harrah’s Entertainment and ESPN sought to use the World Series of Poker as a drawcard for the staging of five high-profile televised tournaments at some of Harrah’s casinos in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City in New Jersey, New Orleans and San Diego.
The World Series of Poker Circuit continues to grow in popularity. Last year it comprised 11 tournament stops at nine different Harrah’s casinos across the US, adding cities such as Indiana and Tunica, Mississippi to the circuit.
The World Series of Poker ESPN Circuit Tour uses a points system to determine player standings, with the top 100 gaining entry into a $2 million freeroll tournament.
The circuit climaxes at the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas with top points earners gaining entry. To earn a place at the tournament tables for individual events, players must post a buy-in of $10 000.
Each tournament stop on the World Series of Poker ESPN Circuit Tour includes several events with buy-ins ranging from a few hundred dollars to $5 000 for the No-Limit Texas Hold´em Circuit Championship. The winner of each Circuit $5 000 buy-in finale is awarded a cash prize and a seat in the $10 000 buy-in No-Limit Hold´Em World Championship at the 2008 World Series of Poker at The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.