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CLEVELAND — Clevelanders will get to use the go-to phrase “there’s always next year” in a new way.

The city was replaced as host of a scheduled 2014 World Series of Poker Circuit Tour stop.

Organizers decided the space at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland “will not be sufficient for the guest experience the property and the WSOP both desire and require.”

Marcus Glover, the general manager of Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, released this statement:

“After exhausting every reasonable option, Horseshoe Casino Cleveland and the WSOP organization have determined that the property is unable to host the WSOP Circuit Event originally scheduled for this spring. WSOP was able to find an alternate Midwest venue and the Circuit will return to St. Louis March 2014. The ability to provide an optimal experience for our loyal poker guests – as well as our non-poker customers – was primary to this difficult decision. We are fully committed to finding a way to accommodate a future WSOP Circuit stop in Cleveland. We particularly appreciate the understanding of our guests and will continue to seek opportunities to further enhance the poker experience at Horseshoe Cleveland.”

Lumiere Place in St. Louis was chosen in lieu of Cleveland.

Two automatic seats in the season-ending WSOP National Championship will be awarded there.

The National Championship will be held in Atlantic City in May.

3 comments

  • George Valachi

    My guess is we were passed over because of those embarrassing Brums. Told this city years ago to get rid of that joke. And as Joe Banner says, “Oy vey, not one penney for a good player or coach”.

  • Jamie

    The Horseshoe has dropped the ball again, they don’t care about poker players because they don’t make the kind of money they do from slots players. What I think they fail to understand by doing something to get this event here, they will see a influx of players that will also play table games and slots. They can remodel the 4th floor for this tournament. I have heard they need approval from OCC but they have had 2 years to get that approval. Its a joke this is by far the worse casino in Ohio and possibly worse in the surrounding states when it comes to poker players, surrounding casinos have much better structured tournaments and have a poker series with 1-2 week long tournaments ranging in buy in amounts and game types. I have gotten more offers from Hollywood casino in Columbus than I ever have from Cleveland and I have only played 2 tournaments there, I have played table games, slots and many sessions of poker at Cleveland and all I get is 15% off Vegas hotels. Columbus has offered free slot play, table game play and free roll tournament.

  • Tammy

    Jamie, you are 100% correct. I no longer go to the Cleveland poker room but have begun to travel to Columbus. Columbus is a beautiful casino with great tournaments, lots of offers and most of all; it is spacious and comfortable to play there. I have been to casinos all over the country and this is the most poorly run casino on all fronts. I did reach out to the new Cleveland poker room manager before making the switch. She is very nice and willing to accommodate but unable to make any of the changes necessary to make the poker room successful. The worst part is that now that Cleveland has been dropped from the WSOP list; it is a minimum of 5 years before they can even reapply to be part of the tour (WSOP rules). Once again, Cleveland has managed to screw up something that could have been great. Between our failing sports teams, the lake of proper use of the lakefront, the death of the flats and our lack of real casino, this city is a joke.

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