WSOPC set to return to St. Louis in March

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The World Series of Poker Circuit will return to St. Louis at Lumiére Place Casino on March 20-31. This stop originally was scheduled for Horseshoe Cleveland, but that property was unable to provide enough space to hold the event (see the related story on Page 29). The WSOPC was at Harrah’s St. Louis until that property was sold in November 2012.

Lumiére Place will add 40 tables to the poker room for a total of 53, and 20 of those tables are expected to be available for cash games. Slot machines will be removed from in front of the poker room.

“We reviewed previous event numbers in this market, and it will be a good use of space and games,” said Jeff Babinski, vice president and general manager at Lumiére Place Casino.

This series will fall right after the Hollywood Poker Open at Hollywood Casino St. Louis and before the Heartland Poker Tour at River City.

“We believe that St. Louis has a great poker community,” Babinski said. “Just in this short time since the announcement, there has been enormous interest and excitement surrounding the WSOP Circuit tour coming back to St. Louis. If you’re a poker player, we believe St. Louis is where you’ll want to be for that 45-60 day stretch.”
How about satellites?

“Lumiére Place is currently evaluating satellite tournaments. If offered, satellite tournaments will be held during the month of February,” Babinski said.

A previously announced promotion called $100K Ultimate Poker Bankroll will begin Jan. 1. This features $50K in drawings and a $50K freeroll based on hours played in cash games.

— Don Matusofsky is our Missouri Ambassador. Email him at anteupdonm@gmail.com.