Hundreds of poker players, both amateur and professional, will descend upon the South Shore in coming days for the annual World Series of Poker Circuit Event at Harveys Lake Tahoe.
The event is the sixth in 22 similar events taking place around the U.S. and Canada through May leading up to next year’s World Series of Poker Main Event. The WSOP Harveys Circuit Event includes nearly 40 poker tournaments over 12 days. Many of the events offer coveted World Series of Poker rings as prizes. Winners of each circuit event’s main event receive an automatic seat in the Circuit National Championship.
“One of the best parts of the Circuit is the road to the National Championship, but this year that trip will have a different final destination: Atlantic City,” according to a blog post on www.wsop.com announcing this year’s circuit events. “After the success of this year’s Championship event in New Orleans, the WSOP Circuit is going to continue to spread its wings and award the first-ever gold bracelet in New Jersey.
“Grinders can earn their way into this prestigious event one of three ways: They can win one of the 22 Circuit Main Events, they can earn Casino Champion honors at one of the 22 Circuit events, or they can secure one of the 56 at-large bids based on points accumulated throughout this season, just like reigning champ Jonathan Hilton did.”
The final day of the Harveys circuit event coincides with the conclusion of this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. The “November Nine,” the nine players left in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship, will reconvene Nov. 4 and play until an overall champion is crowned. The poker players have beat out 6,343 opponents and are competing for a top prize of more than $8.3 million.
The nine players include J.C. Tran, who competed at the Harveys event last year.
“The chip leader entering final table play in November, Tran is a 36-year-old poker professional from Sacramento, California,” according to www.wsop.com. “Tran has 44 previous WSOP cashes, two WSOP gold bracelets and a WSOP Circuit ring amongst his $1,843,946 in WSOP earnings. He is the most decorated player remaining in this field and he will start with more than eight million chips in front of his nearest competitor.”
ESPN plans near-live two day coverage of the Las Vegas finale. The nine players return on Monday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m., according to www.wsop.com.