Nearly 1,200 entered the circuit event that began Oct. 24 at the new $500 million casino in Indiana

Nearly 1,200 players entered the World Series of Poker circuit event that began Oct. 24 at the new $500 million Horseshoe casino in Indiana, just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago

The first No-Limit Hold ’em $345 buy-in circuit event drew 1,187 entries, which was close to the record 1,345 entries for a WSOP event at Horseshoe Tunica casino in 2006.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better turnout for Chicagoland’s first-ever World Series of Poker circuit event,” said Rick Mazer, Indiana regional president and general manager, Harrah’s Entertainment. “We are absolutely thrilled.”

World Series of Poker at Horseshoe has a total of thirteen tournament events, with buy-ins ranging from $300 up to $5,000 for the no-limit Hold’ em finale. The winner of the $5,000 championship will win cash plus a seat to the World Series of Poker Main Event, valued at $10,000, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in summer 2009.

Events continue through Nov. 2, when the final table event will be held.