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The Lodge Casino to host first-ever circuit event in Colorado

PRESS RELEASE – The World Series of Poker (WSOP) will visit Colorado for the first time ever March 14-25 at The Lodge Casino at Black Hawk. The Lodge WSOP Circuit stop will include 12 official ring events, along with a host of side action. The event expects to draw approximately 1,500 players to The Lodge Casino throughout its 12-day span.

“The Lodge is incredibly excited to be Colorado’s first host for the WSOP Circuit,” said J.J. Garcia, general manager for The Lodge Casino. “With all that the Rocky Mountain region offers, we’re expecting players from throughout the country to join us for the Colorado stop. We invite the region’s best poker players to test their skills amongst the best, and look forward to bringing the WSOP experience to players and spectators alike.”

The WSOP Circuit uses a points-ranking system and rewards players participating in multiple events. One hundred WSOP Circuit players will qualify to compete for a WSOP bracelet and more than $1 million at the Southern Comfort 100 Proof World Series of Poker National Championship May 21-23 in New Orleans. The Colorado WSOP stop kicks off on Thursday, March 14, at 11 a.m. with both ring and non-ring events happening daily.

The tournament concludes with a $1,675 buy-in Main Event Championship on Friday, March 22 at 11 a.m. The Main Event will be played as re-entry, with a morning and an evening flight available to players and an additional third flight on Saturday, March 23, to accommodate the expected turnout. The final table of each Main Event flight will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Each WSOP Circuit stop Main Event winner will receive an automatic berth into the Southern Comfort 100 World Series of Poker National Championship. Automatic bids will also go to the “Casino Champion,” the player at each stop whom accumulates the most points throughout the 12-event gold ring schedule.

The Lodge Casino at Black Hawk is approximately 45 minutes from Denver. It offers plenty of dining options, overnight accommodations and parking along with scheduled bus transportation to and from Denver. For more information about the WSOP and answers to frequently asked questions, visit http://thelodgecasino.com/gaming/poker/special-promos.php.

About the World Series of Poker

The World Series of Poker is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world awarding millions of dollars in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970.  In 2012, the event attracted 74,766 entrants from 101 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and awarded over $222 million in prize money. The WSOP in December 2008 was named the 7th most admired sports brand in North America by the Turnkey Sports Survey, trailing only the older and more established NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR and PGA Tour among sports properties. In addition, the WSOP has experienced groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent in 2007 of the World Series of Poker Europe. For more information on the World Series of Poker, visit www.WSOP.com.

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