The World Series of Poker Circuit will end its 12th season with the 2016 World Series of Poker Global Casino Championship, an event scheduled for this August at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. The event will be a gold bracelet tournament and offer a $1,000,000 prize pool, taking place from the 9th to the 11th of August.
On top of hosting the Championship event, Harrah’s Cherokee also will be home to the first event of the 2016-17 season, which will take place during the championship, from the 4th to the 16th of August. The first stop of the new season will include 12 gold ring events, with such tournaments as the High Roller event with a buy-in of $2,200 plus a Main Event which a buy-in of $1,675.
Formally known as the WSOP National Championship, the Global Casino Championship marks a historic year for the tournament series as players from WSOP International Circuit tournaments will be welcomed to join in. Poker players from around the world, including Canada, Italy, Morocco and the Czech Republic, will be able to join qualifiers from the US version of the WSOP Circuit.
100 total players will go to the Global Casino Championship with a free seat, with the Main Event winner of each stop of the 2015-2016 World Series of Poker Circuit earning a free seat to the tournament event. The Casino Champion of each stop will also be given entry into the Global Casino Championship. 12 more qualifiers are able to earn seats by winning a Main Event as well as the Casino Champion during International Circuit events. The remaining automatic qualifiers earn seats based on the Circuit point’s leaderboard from the current season.
Harrah’s Cherokee General Manager and Senior Vice President, Brooks Robinson, stated that the 2015 National Championship was a blast for the venue and they are excited that the World Series of Poker is ramping up the game this year. Not only will the casino welcome players from around the world but they will also get to start the 2016-17 Circuit season. The events are a fantastic opportunity for the employees of the casino to help showcase the resort facility.
In the coming months, the WSOP Circuit has stops remaining in Iowa, Cherokee and New Orleans. The International Circuit has a stop remaining in Montreal, so a total of eight players will be added to the automatic qualifiers list. Once the Circuit is completed, there will be 100 to 200 players taking part in the Global Casino Championship with a prize pool of $1 to $2 million up for grabs.