The World Series of Poker Circuit will make its seventh stop on a 26-event 2017-2018 schedule at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond for a 12-day run Oct. 12 through 23.

The 14th season of this international poker spectacular was named the “Best Poker Tour” in the country earlier this year, and justifiably so, what with a point system tied to the famed WSOP gold bracelet awards and culminating in a $1-million plus global casino championship.

“We are very proud of what the WSOP Circuit has become and how it has performed for our partner casinos who have come aboard,” said WSOP executive director Ty Stewart. “Players know they get a consistent structure and schedule at each stop, plus the opportunity to win big prizes as well as their seat into the million-dollar free-roll with a WSOP gold bracelet up for grabs.”

Horseshoe Hammond’s veteran poker room manager, Michael Soto, oversees one of the most popular and well-attended stops on the tour. The expertise he brings to tournament play, coupled with his knowledge of what players expect from a tournament experience, makes this perhaps the most anticipated event of the year in Midwestern poker circles.

“We are expecting around 10,000 participants during this year’s WSOPC and looking forward to paying out over $4-million during our 12-day event,” Soto said. “We will have players visiting from all across the United States and some international locations as well due to our proximity to Chicago and our beautiful property.”

Each of the 26 international tournaments features “12 Rings in 12 Days”, meaning that the champion of the 12 events will each be awarded a gold ring symbolic of victory in one of the most prestigious poker events in the world. The official gold ring events start with buy-ins at the $365 level which makes it affordable for recreational players.

There’s even a chance for the coveted WSOP gold bracelet, which is reserved for champions during the annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It is awarded to the winner of the Global Casino Championship which will be held when the current tour is completed.

“The WSOP brand is the most recognized poker brand globally,” Soto said. “Having the WSOP Circuit events throughout the United States and internationally allows players to experience this great brand at the local level.

“At our property, we run WSOP Circuit Main Event promotions that give the ordinary poker player a shot at playing on the biggest poker stage in the world.”

BONUS ROUND-UP

BLUE CHIP: The second annual “Salute to Our Veterans” fundraiser held earlier this year netted $26,000 to benefit post-traumatic stress disorder programs at five local agencies. Representatives from the agencies were on hand to accept their checks in a ceremony held last week, including Porter-Starke Services ($5,000), LaPorte Veterans Court ($3,000), Operation Combat Bike Saver ($6,000), Housing Opportunities ($6,000), and Empowering Patriots ($6,000). “We would like to thank the community for supporting our veterans and the families affected by PSTD,” said Jack Elia, Blue Chip assistant general manager, who created the local benefit with LaPorte attorney Douglas Biege. “Our local agencies do important work every day to help those who serve our country.”

FOUR WINDS: Kudos to the employees of the three Four Winds Casino destinations in Michigan for setting up a donation fund to support ongoing hurricane relief efforts. The company has agreed to match the donations up to $25,000 with a minimum donation of $10,000. Participating employees agree to a payroll deduction with all money collected going to the American Red Cross. “We know that many Native Americans are living in these hurricane regions and are suffering as they begin to rebuild,” said John P. Warren, chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. “It’s our duty as fellow tribal citizens to support them and others who are facing this crisis, so when these hurricanes hit, our employees are eager to help.”

HARRAH’S JOLIET: Blackjack tournaments will return by popular demand every Tuesday in October. Registration will take place on tournament days from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. or until the spots are filled. Rounds will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The top three finishers from each week’s competition will receive a seat in the finale and the top six will be awarded a cash prize. The finale will be held on Oct. 31 with the champion taking home $5,000 in cash.

HORSESHOE: The finale of the month-long $50,000 Monopoly Drawing promotion will be held Saturday (Sept. 30). The top prize is $5,000 is cash. Total Rewards members must activate the entries that they have accumulated at the promotional kiosks from 5 until 9:45 p.m. Hourly drawings will be conducted from 6 to 10 p.m. The grand prize will be awarded at 10:30 p.m. The first 1,000 guests to visit the promotions desk starting at 5 p.m. will receive a complimentary Monopoly game T-shirt. As an added bonus, winners who are logged into the play by Total Rewards app will receive an additional $100 in cash.

MAJESTIC STAR: The Gary property is ready for Halloween with the $23,000 “Haunted Hot Seat” promotion scheduled every Tuesday during the month of October from 4 until 8 p.m. One slot player will be selected every half hour to win up to $1,000 in Promo Cash from the promotional cauldron. Nine Majestic Rewards players club members each day of the promotion will share up to $4,600 in Promo Cash.

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