World Series of Poker Circuit

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The World Series of Poker Circuit is a series of poker tournaments held annually at a variety of casinos since 2005 as a build-up to the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

All Championship events are competed in no limit Texas hold 'em; preliminary events may be different poker variants.

Starting with the 2011 WSOP Circuit, the Circuit National Championship was held as a closed event for participants of various circuit events.

World Series of Poker Circuit Ring[edit]

WSOP Circuit ring

Like the World Series of Poker and its prestigious bracelet, all circuit stops have preliminary events the award rings as well. Since its inception in 2005, 972 rings have been awarded. 476 of the rings have been awarded to those that have won muliple rings. Seven players have won at least five rings.

Below is a list of all poker players who have won at least five World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit rings. Through the 2014-15 season, eight players have won at least five WSOP Circuit Rings.[1]

World Series Circuit Ring Winners[edit]

Winners of 5 or more WSOP Circuit rings
Rings Player
8 Alexandru Masek
7 Chris Reslock
7 Ari Engel
6 Valentin Vornicu
5 Kurt Jewell
5 Mark Smith
5 Kevin McColgan

World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event Champions[edit]

The World Series of Poker Circuit now has 22 stops along the national tour.[2] Each stop ends with a $1,675 buy-in Main Event. Originall they were $10,000. However, it changed rapidly with each succeeding WSOP Circuit season.

2004-05 Season[edit]

Date Location Winner Prize Runner-up Other Finalists
January 18, 2005 Harrah's Atlantic City Nghi Tran $780,615 Erick Lindgren
March 2, 2005 Harrah's Rincon Chris Ferguson $655,220 Prahlad Friedman
March 23, 2005 Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Doug Lee $695,970 Jennifer Harman
May 8, 2005 Harrah's Lake Tahoe Jeff Lisandro $542,360 Phil Ivey
May 28, 2005 Harrah's New Orleans Walter Chambers $787,340 Corey Bierria
  • Antonio Esfandiari
  • Nick Mao
  • Mark Cole
  • Harry Cullen Jr
  • Imre Leibold
  • Marlon Labbe
  • Cyril Gittens

2005-06 Season[edit]

Date Location Winner Prize Runner-up Other Finalists
August 25, 2005 Grand Casino Tunica Gregg Merkow $561,175 Robert Law
  • Sonny Perry
  • Jeff Wood
  • Steve Rassi
  • Bryant King
  • Johnny Clements
  • John Juanda
  • Darrell Struck
September 16, 2005 Harrah's Las Vegas Chris Ferguson $362,088 Chade Layne
November 2, 2005 Caesars Indiana Vinny Vinh $437,760 Men Nguyen
  • Ron Hargrove
  • Sam Whitt
  • Douglas Carli
  • Bill Edler
  • Marlowe Rowe
  • John Smith
  • Clinton Keown
November 22, 2005 Paris Las Vegas Thang Pham $453,456 J. C. Tran
December 9, 2005 Showboat Casino, Atlantic City Chris Reslock $335,235 John Juanda
January 26, 2006 Grand Casino Tunica Daniel Negreanu $755,525 Bryant King
February 17, 2006 Harrah's Atlantic City Abraham Korotki $433,008 Brian Jensen
  • Steven Jacobs
  • Jody Garaventa
  • Herbet Cheng
  • Ed Corrado
  • Earnest Shepherd
  • Harry White
  • Jianhua Zhou
March 7, 2006 Harrah's Rincon Darrell Dicken $372,780 Weikai Chang
March 31, 2006 Caesars Atlantic City Jeffrey King $345,708 Rep Porter
  • Jamie Ligator
  • Ben Bianco
  • Eric Panayiotou
  • Chris Ferguson
  • Herbert Cheng
  • Mickey Appleman
  • Louie Esposito
May 11, 2006 Caesars Palace John Spadavecchia $648,320 Sean McCabe
May 28, 2006 Harrah's New Orleans Peter Feldman $532,950 Gavin Smith
  • Matt Russell
  • George Abdallah
  • Kenny Brown
  • Dana Diephouse
  • Allie Prescott
  • Benjamin Gordon
  • David Babin
June 19, 2006 Harrah's Lake Tahoe Clint Baskin $372,240 Brian Fidler
  • Tony Le
  • R. C. W. Cheung
  • Justin Scott
  • J. C. Tran
  • Joseph Dubois
  • Matt Russell
  • Jamin Stokes

2006-2007 Season[edit]

Date Location Winner Prize Runner-up Other Finalists
September 17, 2006 Harrah's Lake Tahoe Michael Arents $196,005 Jerrt Renfroe
October 4, 2006 Grand Casino Tunica Mark Smith $306,003 Manelic Minaya
  • Glyn Banks
  • Harold Mahaffey
  • Jody Stanfill
  • Jae Chang
  • Hoyt Lance
  • Ryan Lenaghan
  • Ronald Huerkamp
November 3, 2006 Caesars Indiana Chad Batista $262,002 Hoyt Lance
  • Ed Corrado
  • Hilbert Shirey
  • Douglas Carli
  • Joel Casper
  • Robert Arthur
  • William Brown
  • Thomas Fuller
December 19, 2006 Harrah's Atlantic City Rick Rossetti $368,096 Alex Gomez
  • John Racener
  • Feming Chan
  • Ken Goldin
  • Michael Bernstein
  • Ray Lin
  • Drew Gliem
  • Tam Ly
January 17, 2007 Grand Tunica Dennis Perry $563,402 Gioi Luong
  • Lance Allred
  • Larry Vance
  • Peter Martin
  • Michael Mizrachi
  • Matt Dean
  • Andi Chang
  • Elvin Simpson
February 7, 2007 Horseshoe Council Bluffs Kosta Sengos $219,576 Paul Kraus
  • Sam Von Duhn
  • Jeff Banghart
  • Doug Carli
  • Larry Vance
  • John Kincaid
  • Thadd Wolff
  • Everett Carlton
February 22, 2007 Harrah's Rincon Peter Feldman $372,780 Davidson Matthew
March 14, 2007 Caesars Atlantic City Mehrdad Yousefzadeh $488,828 John McMahon
  • Eugene Fouksman
  • Frank Vizza
  • Matt Brady
  • Rick Austin
  • David Fox
  • Grant Lang
  • Chuck Norris
April 6, 2007 Caesars Indiana Men Nguyen $238,756 Young Phan
  • Bryan Sapp
  • Tim McCarthy
  • Dennis Anness
  • Steve Boyle
  • George Lusby
  • Dean Schultz
  • Scott Fischman
May 2, 2007 Caesars Las Vegas Cory Carroll $505,176 Justin Pechie
May 23, 2007 Harrah's New Orleans Louie Esposito $516,801 Clint Schafer
  • David Fox
  • Phil Gordon
  • Anthony Longoria
  • JD Estilette
  • David McLeroy
  • Bobby Wisiak
  • Scott Mitchell

2007-08 Season[edit]

Date Location Winner Prize Runner-up Other Finalists
September 13, 2007 Grand Casino Tunica Jordan Morgan $216,852 Terry Hawkins
  • Jerry Saucier
  • Gil George
  • Glyn Banks
  • Brian Rutland
  • Jeff Cohen
  • Steve Hyvonen
  • Mark Garner
November 2, 2007 Caesars Indiana Carlos Uz $175,034 Marc Fratter
  • Vito Casullo Jr.
  • Terry Ogle
  • Chris Moore
  • Chris Viox
  • James Lindsey
  • Tom Schneider
  • Thomas Hover
November 18, 2007 Harrah's Lake Tahoe Chris Ferguson $203,649 Dustin Fox
  • Mark Bonsack
  • Sylvester Geoghegan
  • Gabriel Testa
  • Michael Banducci
  • George Saca
  • Frank Lee
  • Travis Erdman
December 5, 2007 Harrah's New Orleans Andy Philachack $247,860 Josh Arieh
  • Ted McCollom
  • David Fox
  • Leonard Pruzansky
  • Nic Gellepis
  • Bruce MacGregor
  • Philip Sparta
  • Louie Esposito
December 18, 2007 Harrah's Atlantic City John Racener $379,392 Eric Buchman
  • Feming Chan
  • Joseph Brooks
  • Thomas Fee
  • David Fox
  • Adrian Velez
  • James Nelson
  • Sam Skolnik
January 22, 2008 Grand Casino Tunica Bart Tichelman $428,210 Donald Nicholson
  • Giovanni Maracci
  • John Devia
  • Ben Sabrin
  • Mark Garner
  • Ryan Young
  • Tom Schneider
  • Jordan Rich
February 7, 2008 Harrah's Rincon San Diego North Mike Pickett $229,002 David Peters
  • Edward Sabat
  • Kenny Bedoya
  • Christian Avendano
  • Gavin Smith
  • Lee Watkinson
  • Damien Oborne
  • Jon Eaton
  • Richard Morgan
February 27, 2008 Horseshoe Council Bluffs Ben Hock $169,327 Michael Martin
  • Nicholas Manganaro
  • Bernard Lee
  • Keith Murrell
  • Samuel Shamburg
  • Dan Jensen
  • Ron Koenemann
  • Howard Wolper
March 15, 2008 Caesars Atlantic City Eric Haber $431,136 Dan Hicks
  • Sumeet Batra
  • Soheil Shamseddin
  • Steve Greenberg
  • Nick Binger
  • Scott Blackman
  • Steven Merrifield
  • Marc Morris
April 14, 2008 Caesars Indiana Wilbur Futhey $180,289 Steve Merrifield
  • Dale Poynter
  • Douglas Carli
  • Ben Hock
  • Jason Mann
  • Giovanni Marcacci
  • Jerry Martin
  • Michael Iacovone
May 1, 2008 Caesars Las Vegas Allen Cunningham $499,162 Ben Fineman
May 21, 2008 Harrah's New Orleans Nick Ceci $382,928 Timothy Miles
  • Floyd Vanderford
  • Gabe Costner
  • Jeff Tims
  • Lou Esposito
  • Chuck Kelley
  • Ed Jatho
  • Marc Fratter

2008-09 Season[edit]

Date Location Winner Prize Runner-up Other Finalists
October 14, 2008 Horseshoe Southern Indiana Samuel Oberlin $143,064 Jerry Martin
  • David Kopacz
  • Len Ashby
  • Joey Couden
  • Jamin Stokes
  • Derek Whelan
  • Dean Schultz
  • Ray Lynn
November 2, 2008 Harrahs Horseshoe Casino Hammond Steve Billirakis $208,885 Thomas Koral
  • Gary Leibovitz
  • Kyle Schertz
  • George Dietz
  • Sameer Al-Dbhany
  • Ravi Raghavan
  • Jason DeWitt
  • Dustin Woolf
November 16, 2008 Harveys Resort & Casino, Lake Tahoe Michael Binger $181,379 Ty Stewart
  • Jake Solis
  • Mike McClain
  • Tay Nguyen
  • Allen Kessler
  • Travis Erdman
  • Bill Bostick
  • Scott Clements
December 16, 2008 Harrah's Atlantic City Brent Roberts $280,940 Phillip Reed
  • Kyle Bowker
  • Robert McLaughlin
  • Allen Bari
  • Tim Kelly
  • Dwyte Pilgrim
  • Scott Zakheim
  • Rafael Camejo
February 2, 2009 Harrah's Casino Tunica Kai Landry $183,974 David Dao
  • Matthew Stout
  • Leonard Eidson
  • Jeremy Byrum
  • Mike Leah
  • Glenn Hyde
  • Brian McCoy
  • Frank Wyville
February 25, 2009 Horseshoe Council Bluffs Jesse Hale $113,020 Dennis Meierotto
  • John McDonald
  • Evan Panesis
  • Joaquin Sosa
  • Alan Engel
  • Jeff Banghart
  • Jeff Bryan
  • Jeff Daubs
March 14, 2009 Caesars Atlantic City Samuel Chartier $322,944 John Nixon
  • Francis Vizza
  • Michael Michnik
  • Alex Bolotin
  • Matt Brady
  • Jason Young
  • Chris Klodnicki
  • David Zeitlin
April 1, 2009 Harrah's Rincon San Diego Dwyte Pilgrim $125,775 Esther Taylor
  • Charles Williams
  • Christopher Tryba
  • Thao Thiem
  • Josh Prager
  • Pogos Simityan
  • John McGowan
  • John Farrell
April 30, 2009 Caesars Palace Justin Bonomo $227,692 Michael Mizrachi
  • Men Nguyen
  • Jeremiah Degreef
  • Matt Graham
  • Dwyte Pilgrim
  • Jack Schanbacher
  • Nashaat Antonious
  • Evgeny Serebryakov
May 20, 2009 Harrah's New Orleans Jean Gaspard $211,722 Billy Kopp
  • Ken Christopher
  • Steven McKoy
  • Daniel Walsh
  • Anita Vasquez
  • Justin Allen
  • Kenny Milam
  • Kurt Scheer

2009-10 Season[edit]

Date Location Winner Prize Runner-up Other Finalists
October 25, 2009 Harrah's Horseshoe Casino Hammond Daniel Livingston $291,749 Thanasi Floros
  • Christopher Gentile
  • James Mosele
  • William Schweinebraten
  • William Miner
  • Joshua Goldstein
  • Jacob Bazeley
  • Mike Parisi
November 2, 2009 Horseshoe Southern Indiana Gabriel Cook $92,430 Christopher Tryba
  • David Leonard
  • Ronald Surenkamp
  • Chase Steely
  • Harold Evans
  • Jamin Stokes
  • Steve Galey
  • Karen Hayden
November 17, 2009 Harveys Resort & Casino, Lake Tahoe Matt Keikoan $106,435 Justin Hallstrom
  • John Goodger
  • Alan Engel
  • Tommy Vedes
  • Roger Sippl
  • David Woo
  • Timothy Davey
  • John McNeilly
December 15, 2009 Harrah's Atlantic City Chris Klodnicki $215,915 Kyle Bowker
  • Grayson Ramage
  • Mukul Pahuja
  • Karp Ryan
  • Charles Furey
  • Wayne Lewis
  • Farzad Rouhani
  • Eugene Fouksman
February 10, 2010 Harrah's Casino Tunica Paul Wasicka $139,422 Larry Gurney
  • Richard Robb
  • Shane Zell
  • Carter Phillips
  • Dwyte Pilgrim
  • Matt Stout
  • Jason Thornhill
  • Jerry Saucier
March 2, 2010 Horseshoe Council Bluffs Jovan Sudar $95,455 Gerald Walter
  • Derek Masek
  • Jack Do
  • Michael Sortino
March 14, 2010 Caesars Atlantic City Roland Isra $264,715 Chris Mitchell
  • Daniel Witcher
  • Chris Klodnicki
  • Jesse Chinni
  • Grayson Ramage
  • Feming Chan
  • Konstantino Dimitroulakis
  • Richard Austin
March 31, 2010 Harrah's Rincon San Diego Bryan Devoshire $114,975 Daniel Schreiber
  • Howard Andrew
  • John Farrell
  • Ronald Segni
  • Michael McClain
  • Daniel Burke
April 15, 2010 Harrah's St.Louis Jeffrey Roper $170,814 Jason Mo
  • Gary Lambert
  • Matthew Schwarmann
  • Jordan Portell
  • Joel Casper
  • Gregory Headrick
  • Gary Bolden
  • Michael Sortino
April 30, 2010 Caesars Palace Andrew Lichtenberger $190,137 Dan Casetta
May 19, 2010 Harrah's New Orleans Fred Berger $197,584 Mike Beasley
  • Ben Keiley
  • Edward Corrado
  • Fernando Perez
  • Joel Merwick
  • Jacob Naquin
  • Chander Jain
  • Jared Ingles

2010-11 Season[edit]

Date Location Winner Prize Runner-up Other Finalists
August 31, 2010 Horseshoe Council Bluffs Blair Hinkle $88,555 Shiva Dudani
  • Dwyte Pilgrim
  • Matthew Lawrence
  • Charles Moore
  • Jack Do
  • John Wakeen
  • Daniel Biddle
  • Kevin Calenzo
October 12, 2010 Horseshoe Council Bluffs Charles Moore $98,878 Kevin Calenzo
  • John Holder
  • Michael Foster
  • Kristopher Bradshaw
  • Brian McKain
  • John Alfera
  • Jorge Solorzano-Reyes
  • Joel Merwick
October 31, 2010 Emerald Casino Warren Zackey $231,956 Melanie Banfield
  • Kyri Patsalos
  • Raj Aiyalavajjala
  • Rob Fenner
  • Maria Ho
  • Hugh Todd
  • Jason Straus
  • Muaaz Gani
November 9, 2010 IP Casino Resort & Spa Travis Lutes $95,253 Farid Nasserazad
  • Bobbie Talbot
  • Jason Cluxton
  • Yair Alon
  • Bobby Gunter
  • Jerry Monroe
  • Steven Marshall
  • John Holley
November 10, 2010 Harveys Lake Tahoe Stanley Quinn $86,789 John Mcneilly
  • Michael Traylor
  • Daniel Black
  • Drew Caseri
  • Ned Mantua
  • Donna Jetter
  • Grantland Hillman
  • Joseph Mongkoluaaree
December 22, 2010 WSOP Regional Championship - Harrah's Atlantic City Chris Bell $358,295 Chris Klodnicki
  • Ketan Pandya
  • Micah Raskin
  • Todd Terry
  • Andy Frankenberger
  • Jason Burt
  • Nicholas Mitchell
  • Seth Fischer
January 24, 2011 Choctaw Casino Resort Huy Nguyen $232,706 Traci Brown
  • Mstr Lynch
  • Jeffrey Gibralter
  • Bobby Hempkins
  • Drazen Ilich
  • Victor Haynes
  • Andrew Watson
  • Robert Cheung

WSOP Circuit National Championship[edit]

Starting in 2012, qualification for the Circuit National Championship was significantly changed. A total of 100 players now receive automatic seats in the National Championship. The winners of each Circuit main event and the highest point earner at each circuit stop receive seats, with the remaining automatic seats filled by the top points earners throughout the Circuit season who are not already qualified. Additionally, the top 100 players in the "WSOP World Rankings", a points race determined on results in open events of the previous two WSOPs, are eligible to enter. The Circuit qualifiers play the National Championship on a freeroll, while the WSOP World Rankings qualifiers must pay a $10,000 buy-in.[4][5]

The winner of the Circuit National Championship wins a World Series of Poker bracelet.

Season Winner Prize Runner-up Other Finalists
2010/11 Sam Barnhart $300,000 James Anderson
  • Joshua Evans
  • La Sengphet
  • Jonathan Poche
  • Charles Moore
  • Drazen Ilich
  • Adam Hui
  • Matthew Lawrence
  • Huy Nguyen
2011/12 Ryan Eriquezzo $416,051 Nikolas Stone
  • Huy Nguyen
  • Matt Keikoan
  • Andy Hwang
  • David "ODB" Baker
  • Sam Stein
  • Amanda Musumeci
  • Justin Gardenhire
  • David Peters
2012/13 Jonathan Hilton $355,599 Max Steinberg
  • Robert Panitch
  • Brock Parker
  • John Bowman
  • Joe Tehan
  • Nicolas Vaca-Rondon
  • Jeremy Ausmus
  • Austin Apicella
  • Pavlin Karakikov
2013/14 Dominik Nitsche $352,800 Athanasios Polychronopoulos
  • Matthew Ashton
  • Christopher Bibb
  • Tracy Doss
  • Andrew Robinson
  • Ylon Schwartz
  • Jeffrey Gunnip
  • Sean Lippel
  • Micheal Oshana

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "WSOP Players". WSOP. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ Palansky, Seth (July 14, 2014). "WSOP ANNOUNCES 2014-15 WSOP CIRCUIT TOUR SCHEDULE". wsop.com. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Paul Kitsos Dies on Flight to World Series of Poker in Las Vegas". National Ledger. June 9, 2010. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ Feldman, Andrew (July 29, 2011). "'11-'12 WSOP Circuit to feature 16 stops". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ Feldman, Andrew (July 23, 2012). "WSOP Circuit expands for 2012–13". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012.