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WSOP Circuit celebrating New Year's in Los Angeles

18 Nov 2011

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- For those without New Years plans this year, don’t worry. For those that had them, it may be time to change them.

That’s because the WSOP Circuit and the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles are joining forces for the first time for an official WSOP Circuit stop at the famed venue in Southern California from January 1-12, 2012.

There will be 12 official ring events on the schedule and a total of 34 different poker tournaments being contested, all beginning January 1, with the entire event running through January 19.

“With the WSOP Circuit Tour breaking records at every stop, it was finally the right time to come to LA for a signature mid-season event,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We’re pleased to enter a multi-year agreement with the Bicycle Casino for what is certain to be one of our largest annual events.”

The 2011-12 schedule now includes 17 official tour stops and they all count towards the $1,000,000 National Championship freeroll tournament. The WSOP National Championship will be part of the WSOP taking place at the Rio in Las Vegas in the summer of 2012. A total of 100 players will participate in the Championship, two from each Circuit stop (34), plus the remainder coming based on ranking points accumulated at official WSOP events. For all WSOP Circuit information, please click here:

The Bike offers 150 poker tables in its smoke-free poker room which features a comfortable 100,000+ square feet of space to provide players the utmost of comfort.

Structures and payouts for all ring events at The Bike will be consistent with all other WSOP Circuit events in order to keep the continuity and consistency for players travelling to multiple stops on the tour. Noted poker tournament director Mo Fathipour will serve as the event’s poker tournament operator.

The Bicycle Casino stop marks the first time the WSOP has offered a WSOP-branded event in the Los Angeles market.

“The process of bringing the World Series of Poker to Los Angeles has been a long time in the making, and we are very pleased with the finalization of our partnership,” stated Hashem Minaiy, the Bike’s Managing Partner and CEO. “Players have wanted to play a WSOP event in L.A. where poker has always been king, and the Bicycle Casino is considered a key venue for players worldwide.”

Circuit schedules are subject to change. For more information on individual circuit events, including event schedules and structure sheets, can be found at each property website or by visiting

The schedule for The Bike WSOP Circuit stop can be viewed by clicking the following link:

The fifth stop of this year’s WSOP Circuit season is currently underway at Harveys Lake Tahoe, and the 2011-12 Circuit is off to its best start ever. After a stop at Harrah’s Atlantic City in December, the WSOP Circuit will make its LA-debut at The Bicycle Casino to ring in the New Year on January 1.

The WSOP Circuit runs non-stop in 2012, with 11 consecutive events over five months from January 1 through May 21 in New Orleans.

The unofficial motto of this year’s WSOP Circuit Tour is “12 Rings in 12 Days.” Each WSOP Circuit stop has been retooled to encompass a total of 12 official WSOP gold ring events over 12 consecutive days, and offers players non-stop poker action at the regional level.

Each stop includes a $1,600 buy-in Main Event Championship. For the first time ever, this tournament will be played as a re-entry, with a morning and an evening flight available to players. Unique to this year’s LA WSOP Circuit Tour event, many of the events will be streamed live on

All WSOP Circuit buy-ins are priced between $300 and $1,600 in order to allow as many players as possible to participate and the opportunity to make poker history by winning a WSOP gold bracelet.

Each WSOP Circuit stop Main Event winner will receive an automatic seat into the National Championship. Automatic bids will also go to the “Casino Champions” at each participating venue. A Casino Champion is defined as the player at each stop whom accumulates the most points throughout the 12-event gold ring schedule.
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