Harrah's announces WSOP Circuit schedule for 2005-2006

Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. has released dates and locations for this coming year's World Series of Poker Circuit, and has expanded the series to 12 tournaments, which is more than double the amount held last year.

The 2005-2006 Circuit will be played at different Harrah's venues throughout the United States, stopping in such locales as Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New Orleans, Biloxi, Miss., and Lake Tahoe, Ca.

Originally created by Harrah's to generate interest and build brand recognition for this year's WSOP, the WSOP Circuit will begin its second season on August 11th at the Grand Casino Tunica.

Each Circuit event will boast multiple tournaments, with buy-ins ranging from a couple hundred dollars to $10,000 for the No-Limit Hold'em Circuit Championship event. As well, every circuit will host one final event, where the winner will qualify for the tour's grand finale, the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions (TOC).

The 2006 TOC is a $2 million free roll event that will be held next June in Las Vegas immediately prior to the 2006 World Series of Poker. Twenty-seven players will battle it out at the TOC, including the twelve Circuit final event champions, the nine final table players from the 2005 WSOP Main Event, and six sponsors' exemptions for a 27-player TOC shootout.

Every player who makes the TOC final table will be awarded money, with first place receiving $1 million and ninth place receiving $25,000.

The 2006 WSOP Circuit schedule is as follows:

Grand Casino Tunica         Aug. 11th - 25th
Harrah's Las Vegas          Sept. 6th - 16th
Casino Biloxi (Miss.)       Sept. 29th - Oct. 12th
Caesars Indiana             Oct. 19th - Nov. 2nd 
Paris/Bally's Las Vegas     Nov. 9th - 22nd  
Showboat Atlantic City      Nov. 28th - Dec. 9th 
Grand Casino Tunica         Jan. 5th - 26th 
Harrah's Atlantic City      Feb. 7th - 17th 
Caesars Atlantic City       March 21st - 31st
Caesars Palace Las Vegas    April 3rd - 14th 
Harrah's New Orleans        May 18th - 28th 
Harrah's Lake Tahoe         June 6th - 16th
2006 TOC at the Rio         June 28th - 29th 
2006 WSOP at the Rio        Summer 2006 

Please see Harrah's for further details.

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