The World's Richest Sporting Event Expanding to Southern California

LAS VEGAS, February 17, 2005 -- The high stakes action of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), the richest sporting event on the planet, is leaving Las Vegas and coming to Southern California for the first time. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. which owns and operates the tournament, recently launched the inaugural World Series of Poker Circuit. The Circuit will include events at several Harrah's-operated casinos nationwide; its stop at Harrah's-Rincon (San Diego) from February 20 to March 2, 2005, marks the Circuit's second stop

Players who take part in Circuit tournaments - including the Harrah's Rincon events - can earn points toward the Circuit's grand finale, the World Series of Poker 'Tournament of Champions.' A $2 million, winner-take-all freeroll event consisting of the top 20 finishers at each Circuit event as well as the nine players who make the final table at the World Series of Poker's main event, the Tournament of Champions will be played in Las Vegas in September. A freeroll event is one in which there is no "buy in" - players aren't required to put up any of their own money to enter, and compete in, the tournament.

ESPN will broadcast the championship event of all Circuit events, including Harrah's Rincon - to start on February 27 - and the Tournament of Champions. ESPN's coverage of the World Series of Poker consistently earns the highest ratings of any televised poker programming.

As an added bonus, on February 26, Harrah's Rincon will host a free event open to the press and public. "Head's Up: Interview with a Poker Champion" will be a one-on-one interview with a poker superstar, covering topics such as the player's background and history, thoughts on contemporary topics, poker tips, and other issues.

The debut of "Head's Up" will feature poker legend Doyle Brunson. The program is scheduled to run from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the Oasis Lounge. Brunson will sign autographs and pose for photographs afterward in the hotel lobby. This is a rare chance to spend an afternoon with a poker legend.

Additional Circuit events and "Head's Up" events will be held at Harrah's Rio (Las Vegas), Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Harrah's New Orleans, and the annual extravaganza in Las Vegas, culminating in the world championship of poker this summer.

The 36th annual World Series of Poker will begin June 2 at the Rio, which will host all but the final two days of the tournament. The event's final two days, July 14 and July 15, will be played at the Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas, which has been home to the tournament since its inception.

The schedule for the World Series of Poker Circuit event at Harrah's Rincon is as follows:

  • February 20 - Noon - No-Limit Hold'em, $200 + $25
  • February 21 - Noon - Limit Hold'em, $200 + $25
  • February 22 - Noon - No-Limit Hold'em, $500 + $50
  • February 23 - Noon - Limit Hold'em, $500 + $50
  • February 24 - Noon - No-limit Hold'em, $1,000 + $60
  • February 25 - Noon - Limit Hold'em, $1,500 + $70
  • February 26 - 11 a.m. - L.I.P.S Ladies No-limit Hold'em, $200 + $30
  • February 26 - 1 p.m. - Mega Satellite Event, $1,000 + $60 (no re-buys)
  • February 26 - 8 p.m. - Super Satellite Event, $200 + $20
  • February 27 - Noon - Day 1 ESPN WSOP Circuit Championship, $10,000
  • February 28 - Noon - Day 2 ESPN WSOP Circuit Championship
  • March 1 - Noon - Day 3 ESPN WSOP Circuit Championship
  • March 2 - 2 p.m. - Day 4 ESPN WSOP Circuit Championship, final table coverage

Single table satellites for all events will run every day, 24 hours a day.

Super satellites to qualify for the Championship Event will run every night at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. except on February 26 (see times above).

WSOP Circuit Schedule: All events are 2 days unless otherwise noted.

SPECIAL WSOP HOTEL RATES: February 20, 2005 - March 1, 2005.

  • Stay Sunday - Thursday for $69 per night.
  • Stay Friday, February 25 for $99 per night.
  • Stay Saturday, February 26 for $109 per night.

Simply call 1-800-HARRAHS and mention Offer Code "RCPOKER" to make a reservation.

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