|The poker staff at Caesars
were swamped with players
waiting to register for Event
#1, a $500 + $50 buy-in no
limit hold'em tournament. Over
650 players registered for the
tournament creating a huge
rush that required Caesars
staff to setup a separate
registration area just for
Caesars Club card holders
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The World Series of Poker Circuit Tour has arrived at the newly renovated
Caesars Palace in Las Vegas which began on April 28, 2006. The poker staff
at Caesars were swamped with players waiting to register for Event #1, a
$500 + $50 buy-in no limit hold'em tournament. Over 650 players registered
for the tournament creating a huge rush that required Caesars staff to setup
a separate registration area just for Caesars Club card holders. There was a
second registration area located near the sportsbook and both lines
comprised of hundreds of poker players excited to shuffle up and deal.
Caesars setup a 6,000 square foot tournament section as well as their 8,500
square foot main poker room which featured sixty three 10-Seat tables.
There was such a strong tournout that there were alternate players waiting
for an oppurtunity to fill any seats that became available. In the end, there
was a final count of 652 players, which added up to a huge $326,000 prize
pool. First prize awarded $88,537 and the top 45 places were awarder prize
For the first time hosting a WSOP Circuit Event, Caesars Las Vegas proved to
be a popular venue. The first tournament of this Circuit Event set a new
record for attendance for any World Series of Poker Circuit Tour event held in
Las Vegas. Caesars tournament staff handled the massive crowds superbly
and the event turned out to be a complete success.
Caesars also was pleased to indroduce their new poker room manager, Vito
Casucci. Mr. Casucci was the former poker room manager at Harrah's St.
Louis and was most recently overseeing poker operations at Showboat
Atlantic City. This was a step up for him as the poker room at Caesars is
much larger than the medium sized poker room at Showboat Atlantic City.
The World Series of Poker Circuit Tour has been steadily increasing in
poularity following a stop at Paris/Bally's in Las Vegas. The Circuit Tour has
since made stops in Atlantic City before moving down south for the 2006
Grand Tunica Poker Tournament. The Jack Binion Circuit Event at Grand Tunica
holds the current record for number of registered players for an introductory
event. The final count for this event was an impressive 940 people which
created a prize pool of over $455,000.
The World Series of Poker Circuit Tour will make stops at Harrah's New
Orleans and Harvey's Lake Tahoe following the events at Caesars Las Vegas.
With the conclusion of the World Poker Tour Season 4, poker players are now
looking ahead to the World Series of Poker's 37th Annual tournament which
will be held at Rio All-Site Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. The Big Dance will take
place for 46 days from June 25 to August 10, 2006.
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