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World Series of Poker championships announced

Mon, Apr 8, 9:49am by Staff Writer

The World Series of Poker announced last week that it has set the World Series of Poker Circuit season-ending Global Casino Championship for August 6 to 8 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina.

Harrah’s will host the venue for the fifth year in a row according to Flush Draw and is a curious decision, given it doesn’t have the clout of other, more established poker rooms.

The World Series of Poker has changed that though and put the venue on the map.

It is also a venue for two separate World Series of Poker Circuit tour stops during the 2018-19 season.

It is located in the far southwestern corner of North Carolina, about a three hour drive west of Charlotte and very close to the Tennessee border.

It is one of the only casinos and poker venues within any sort of reasonable drive of Atlanta and is very much a regional casino.

The Global Casino Championship is the culminating event of the World Series of Poker Circuit season and is an invite-only tournament.

There are multiple ways a player can automatically quality.

They can win the Main Event at a United States or international World Series of Poker circuit stop.

They can also claim the casino champion title at a domestic or international circuit stop, or finish the 2018-19 circuit season in the top 50 on the leaderboard.

The Casino Champion is the player at a tour stop who earns the most points based on their performance across the stop’s twelve “ring” events.

As many as 132 players will be automatic qualifiers for the Global Casino Championship, but it is almost a certainty that there will be overlap in that group, so numbers will be below that.

A Main Event winner could also be the Casino Champion at that location.

A Casino Champion could very likely end up in the top 50 on the leaderboard.

If a Main Event winner or Casino Champion does end up in the top 50, then the number of leaderboard automatic qualifiers will be reduced by one.

Not everyone who qualifies will take part though.

Incentives for players to include accommodation

As an incentive to get as many people playing as possible, the World Series of Poker is awarding all automatic qualifiers a $500 travel stipend and a free night stay at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

All international players and those who make the final table will get an extra hotel night. This is in addition to the entry into the championship.

Everyone who finished in the top 100 of the 2018 World Series of Poker Player of the Year rankings and anyone who won a World Series of Poker Circuit ring event, but did not meet the automatic qualification criteria is also eligible to play in the Global Championships, but must pay $10,000 buy-in.

There are still four domestic World Series of Pokier Circuit stops remaining, so there is still time for players to qualify.

Those events are at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs that ended last weekend, Harrah’s Cherokee this week, Horseshoe Tunica at the end of April and Harrah’s New Orleans in May.

The current cutoff for the World Series of Poker Circuit leaderboard is 165 points.

Aaron Messmer holds the 50th spot with two rings and seven cashes this season.

Stephen Buell also has 165 points, but he is listed in 51st place.

I haven’t found information on tiebreakers, but it looks like the tiebreaker is total money earnings on the season.

Messmer has $160,595 while Buell has $41,298.

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