We’ve emerged from our Christmas cocoons into the sunshine of the year 2022, and live poker events are gearing up to begin once more. Things might change at any time, but for now, let’s take a look at some of the live poker action we anticipate to see in the coming weeks, thanks to the omicron version of COVID-19 causing new viral infections, hospitalizations, and fatalities to spike in the United States and throughout the world.
The World Series of Poker Circuit gets back on track today with the first of 13 ring events, as well as women and senior tournaments. The Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma is hosting the whole WSOP Circuit stop through Tuesday, January 18. Except for the Main Event, which costs $1,700 to enter, all of the tournaments have buy-ins of $600 or less. It includes two beginning flights and a guaranteed prize fund of $1 million.
The WSOP Circuit has a lot of stops in January. The Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary will host events beginning January 12th. Back in the United States, the Thunder Valley Casino Circuit stop in California begins on January 13, followed by the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica in Mississippi a week later (which overlaps with Thunder Valley).
Next week, the World Poker Tour begins its new season in Florida, which has become a new poker hotspot in the United States in recent years. The WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood from Thursday, January 13 through Wednesday, January 26. The $3,500 Main Event ($3,200 + $200 + $100) is scheduled for January 21-26, with a guaranteed prize fund of $2 million.
The Seminole Hard Rock hosted the most recent WPT tournament, which was a huge success. In November 2021, the WPT Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Main Event had 1,566 entrants, a tournament record. It also had a guaranteed prize fund of $2 million, but the entries blew that out of the water, yielding more than $5 million in prize money. The $400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em event attracted 6,196 players, making it Florida’s biggest live tournament ever.