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World Series of Poker Circuit -- Eastern Regional Championship Begins Sunday

Card Player will Feature Live Updates from the $10,000 Regional Championship at the Harrah’s in Atlantic City

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Jim AndersonThe second $10,000 Regional Championship on the World Series of Poker Circuit schedule will begin on Sunday, December 19 at the Harrah’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Card Player will be there to bring you all of the action from the tournament in live updates, chip counts, and photos from this marquee event on the WSOP Circuit tour.

This Eastern Regional Championship is the second of four such events that will lead up to the WSOP Circuit National Championship that will take place in May 2011 in Las Vegas. The first Regional Championship took place at the Hammond Horseshoe circuit stop near Chicago and Jim Anderson was crowned the champion of the Midwest region. He topped a field of 226 players and took home $525,449 in prize money. He also grabbed a seat in the National Championship, as did his fellow final-table contestants. The two other WSOP Circuit Regional Championships will take place in 2011 in the West (Harrah’s Rincon – Mar. 27-30) and in the South (Harrah’s New Orleans – May 19-22).

The Harrah’s Atlantic City stop has been a staple of the WSOP Circuit tour since its inception and it once again closes out the 2010 schedule for major tournament poker. This year the stakes a little higher with a $10,000 event in the mix and multiple contenders in the 2010 Card Player Player of the Year race are expected to attend, including Thomas Marchese (leader), Dwyte Pilgrim (second), and Sorel Mizzi (third). There are 1,887 POY points separating third from first and 1,162 points between second and first (NOTE: Jim Anderson took home 1,380 points for his win in at the Eastern Regional in Hammond, Indiana).

The WSOP Atlantic City tournament series has attracted strong numbers so far, including a record-breaking no-limit hold’em tournament that kicked things off on Dec. 4. The tournament consisted of 1,250 players and it was the largest poker tournament ever held at the Harrah’s Atlantic City property. Christopher Rivers topped the field to turn his $350 buy-in into a $64,566 payday. The $1,650 no-limit hold’em main event attracted 352 players on Dec. 12 and the eventual champion was Matthew Waxman, who was awarded $117,797 in prize money along with a seat in the WSOP Circuit National Championship.

Be sure to tune in when cards get into the air at 11 a.m. EDT on Sunday, Dec. 19 in the $10,000 WSOP Circuit Eastern Regional Championship. Here is a look at the full tournament schedule:

Sunday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.: Day 1 (play 11, 60-minute levels)
Monday, Dec. 20, noon: Day 2 (play 9, 75-minute levels)
Tuesday, Dec. 21, noon: Day 3 (play down to 9 players)
Wednesday, Dec. 22, noon: Final Table