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World Series of Poker Debuts Highly Anticipated 2021-2022 Circuit Schedule

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WORLD SERIES OF POKER® RELEASES THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED 2022-2023 CIRCUIT SCHEDULE

 

The World Series of Poker® is thrilled to announce the return of the WSOP Circuit (WSOP-C), following an 18-month hiatus. The popular regional poker tour will return for its 17th season on Thanksgiving Day–ThursdayNov. 25 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, NC immediately following the conclusion of the 2021 World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas. Thirteen stops have been scheduled to date, with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

The prestigious $1million freeroll will return featuring a new qualification format this season, refocused to make every event a pathway to win a highly coveted WSOP gold bracelet. Beginning with the Cherokee Circuit Event, any official gold ring winners, from either the live or online circuit events through July 2022, will qualify for the new invitation-only “Tournament of Champions” event during the 2022 World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas. 2022 online or live bracelet winners will also be eligible to compete in the new signature event.

“It’s been too long, so it’s great to see the Circuit hitting the road once again,” said Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Ty Stewart. “The WSOP-C is one of our most important initiatives, allowing regional players to experience big-time poker and providing grinders a platform to earn a living. We’re pumped up about the new ‘Tournament of Champions’ format where all our winders will come together for one event. Just win and you’re in!”

While many venues will be familiar during the 2021-22 season, new stops have already been added, including:

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  • Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Pompano Beach, FL
  • Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, NY
  • Deerfoot Inn and Casino, Calgary, Alberta Canada

The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles will be WSOP-C’s second stop beginning on ThursdayDec. 9 with the tour continuing virtually non-stop until the season-culminating stop at Harrah’s New Orleans on ThursdayMay 5, 2022.

Most WSOP-C stops will begin on Thursdays, with the four-day Main Events beginning on the second Friday of the tournament. Each stop is encouraged to add Seniors and Ladies events, where the winners will qualify to participate in the “Tournament of Champions” in Las Vegas. WSOP-C events will be played using a Big Blind Ante format, offering the same expanded starting chips unveiled for the 2019-20 season. WSOP-C stops will feature standardized tournament structures and payouts, ensuring players traveling to multiple stops will be treated in a consistent manner at each event, barring any regulatory or local law differences. All stops will release their series’ event schedules upon approval by their local regulatory body, with the guarantee that every stop will offer at least a dozen official gold ring events starting at a $250 buy-in level and will include a $1,700 Main Event.

2022 WSOP Online Circuit events on WSOP.COM will be scheduled monthly following the year-end Championship with a $250,000 freeroll scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 28.

WSOP-C schedules are subject to change and the WSOP reserves the right to make changes to all events related to the WSOP-C at any time. Please visit WSOP.com/2021/circuit for the latest news and information related to these events. Additional information on individual circuit events, including event schedules and structure sheets, can be found on each respective property’s websites or by visiting www.WSOP.com

*The WSOP-C Events and “Tournament of Champions” event are subject change, with tournament rules and restrictions to be determined. The timing, number and location of events are subject to change and all applicable gaming regulations. Additional information regarding international and online circuit events will be released at a later date.

WORLD SERIES OF POKER 2021-2022 CIRCUIT TOUR SCHEDULE

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TOURNAMENT DATES

TOURNAMENT LOCATION

1

November 25 – December 6, 2021

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Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)

2

December 4 -15, 2021

The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles)

3

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December 9 – 19, 2021

Hilton Aruba

4

January 6 – 17, 2022

Choctaw Durant (Dallas/Oklahoma)

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5

January 12 – 23, 2022

Deerfoot Inn (Calgary, Canada)

6

January 13 – 24, 2022

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Thunder Valley Casino (Northern California)

7

January 20 – 31, 2022

Horseshoe/Tunica (MS)

8

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February 3 – 14, 2022

Isle of Capri (Pompano Beach, Florida)

9

March 10 – 21, 2022

Hard Rock (Tulsa)

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10

March 17 – 28, 2022

Turning Stone Resort Casino (Verona, NY)

11

April 7 – 18, 2022

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Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)

12

April 21 – May 2, 2022

Horseshoe/Tunica (MS)

13

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May 5 – 16, 2022

Harrah’s New Orleans (Louisiana)

 

TBD – WSOP 2022

WSOP Tournament of Champions

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**More stops are expected to be added as the season progresses**

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Arizona Department of Gaming Reports $43.6 Million in Tribal Gaming Contributions for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2024

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Arizona Department of Gaming Reports $43.6 Million in Tribal Gaming Contributions for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2024

 

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) announced today $43,586,004 in tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. This amount represents an approximate 3.3 percent increase when compared to the same quarter of FY 2023.

“Celebrating yet another remarkable milestone in tribal gaming, we are thrilled to announce that Arizona has witnessed yet another record-breaking year,” said Jackie Johnson, Cabinet Executive Officer, ADG. “With a record contribution of $157.2 million to the Arizona Benefits Fund, our tribal partners have once again demonstrated their unwavering commitment to the prosperity of our state and local communities. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our tribal partners for their continued dedication and collaboration.”

The Arizona Benefits Fund receives 88 percent of tribal gaming contributions, providing significant dollars to support instructional improvement in schools, trauma and emergency care, tourism, and wildlife conservation throughout the state.

Tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the 4th quarter of the State’s FY 2024 are as follows:

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Instructional Improvement Fund/Education ………………………………………………….. $22,474,451
Trauma and Emergency Services Fund ………………………………………………………….. $10,861,632
Arizona Department of Gaming operating costs ………………………………………………. $3,308,133
Arizona Wildlife Conservation Fund ……………………………………………………………….. $3,103,324
Tourism Fund ………………………………………………………………………………………………. $3,103,324
Problem Gambling Education, Treatment and Prevention …………………………………… $735,140

FY 2024 Qtr 4 Total: Tribal Gaming Contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund….. $43,586,004

 

Per the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compacts, tribes with casinos also contribute a percentage of their Class III gross gaming revenue to cities, towns, and counties. Total tribal contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund in addition to cities, towns, and counties in the state has amounted to over $2.2 billion since FY 2004. Currently, there are 25 Class III casinos in Arizona, which ADG regulates in partnership with Arizona tribes.

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Aristocrat Gaming Unveils Official Partnership with Dallas Cowboys

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Aristocrat Gaming and the Dallas Cowboys announced a multi-year partnership naming the company an Official Partner of the Cowboys. As an Official Partner, Aristocrat Gaming will have prominent signage throughout the stadium year-round, including in-stadium, on the concourse, and in-game branding. Additional features will include in-game promotions, digital integrations, and game-day activations at AT&T Stadium.

The news of this partnership further accentuates the game-changing multi-year slot licensing agreement with Aristocrat Gaming and the National Football League (NFL). The player-favorite NFL-themed games are available to play at casinos nationwide and have demonstrated proven performance. The team-selectable feature on the games allows fans a new way to engage with their favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, both in the stadium and on the reels.

“We are proud to be the newest partner of the Dallas Cowboys, one of the world’s premier sports and entertainment organizations with a proud championed history, much like Aristocrat Gaming’s. With the success of the NFL Slots portfolio, we have been able to bring the excitement of fan-favorite teams like the Dallas Cowboys to casino floors across the country. We look forward to bringing even more innovative experiences to fans through this partnership,” Hector Fernandez, CEO of Aristocrat Gaming, said.

“The Cowboys are excited to partner with Aristocrat Gaming to bring even more ways to entertain our fans. We pride ourselves on aligning with world-class partners, and Aristocrat Gaming has been a trailblazer in the gaming industry for decades. We are thrilled to work with the Aristocrat team on activation and branding opportunities throughout the year and to have our Cowboys marks featured on their slot machines nationwide,” Chad Estis, Executive Vice President of Business Operations of the Dallas Cowboys, said.

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“As The Official Casino of the Dallas Cowboys, WinStar World Casino & Resort is ecstatic to have Aristocrat Gaming as the newest member of the Dallas Cowboys family. The top-performing NFL Slots make this partnership a natural fit and we look forward to bringing new experiences to our patrons as a result of this announcement,” Jack Parkinson, President of WinStar World Casino & Resort, said.

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Navajo Gaming Appoints John James as Chief Executive Officer

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Navajo Gaming has appointed John James as its Chief Executive Officer.

John James brings more than two decades of professional gaming and hospitality experience to Navajo Gaming. He previously served as CEO of River Rock Entertainment Authority in Geyserville California. There he exemplified his strong leadership skills by identifying and implementing innovative operational improvements to grow revenue while improving morale through thoughtful strategic direction and mentoring.

Prior to that, he led numerous tribal casinos including serving as CEO of Muckleshoot Casino Resort in Washington, CEO of Soboba Casino Resort in California, COO of Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in California, and CEO of Gila River Gaming Enterprises in Arizona. Additionally, he has served in leadership positions for Seminole Gaming Inc., Pechanga Resort and Casino, and various successful Station Casino properties.

As CEO of Navajo Gaming, John James will oversee and manage Navajo Gaming properties in New Mexico and Arizona, as well as ensure that Navajo Gaming policies and objectives are met. His three main objectives are to strengthen Navajo Gaming and the hospitality economy, return revenue to the Navajo Nation, and provide additional jobs to members of the Navajo Nation.

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“Navajo Gaming has grown to a multi-million-dollar enterprise over the past 15 years. John James brings extensive gaming and management experience and leadership qualities to lead Navajo Gaming. James has been widely recognized as the industry’s ‘best of the best’ for his exceptional strategic and positive impact. He will stimulate continued growth and success for Navajo Gaming as we remain focused on job creation and enhancing the Navajo economy,” Quincy Natay, Chairman of the Navajo Gaming Board of Directors, said.

“I am honored to serve Navajo Gaming’s team and guests under the stewardship of the board and alongside such a strong management team. Our industry is transforming rapidly and there is tremendous opportunity for Navajo Gaming to capitalize on opportunities, elevate guest experiences and solidify our reputation as exceptional destinations where memories are made,” John James said.

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