On Thursday, The World Series of Poker announced that it has begun entering into agreements with casinos/poker rooms in Italy, Morocco and Mexico to expand its WSOP Circuit. Marrakech, one of Morocco's largest cities, will host the first international Circuit event from March 7th to March 15th, 2015 at Casino de Marrakech Es Saadi (picture).
The stop will feature eight official ring events and both the Main Event champion and the Casino Champion will get entry to the 2016 WSOP International Casino Championship exclusive freeroll with a minimum one million dollar prizepool.
"It's time to emphasize the "World" in World Series of Poker and more aggressively partner with leading casino operators at the regional level," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "We know players crave a WSOP-like experience in their home market and believe our organizational expertise and unique tournament formats will bring a winning formula."
"One thing that was clear to me from my time spent in the poker industry is that the passion for poker is ever-present, but players crave value, excitement and superior organization," said WSOP Director Gregory Chochon. "These new agreements will allow us to offer meaningful year-round benefits to our casino partners while giving poker players a more direct path to reach the ultimate WSOP dream."