To many summer is the season of lazy margaritas by the pool, crazy crowded music festivals, and exotic adventures. But to a self-respecting member of the international poker community, it is the much-anticipated time for some of the world’s largest and some of the world’s longest running live poker festivals.
Just as any year for over four decades now, Las Vegas will gather together a large part of the global poker community for the 48th World Series of Poker, with the $10,000 Main Event as its highlight tournament. However, the festival will not be the only major one to take place in the city of gambling. The third edition of the Super High Roller Bowl is set to take place days before the WSOP, promising poker action of the highest quality.
Going eastwards and 2,000 miles away from Las Vegas, North Carolina will host the Global Casino Championship for a third consecutive year. The event celebrates the end of one WSOP Circuit season and the beginning of the next. It will once again draw together the players who have performed the best throughout the season.
Below you will find a little more information about three of the most exciting festivals slated to take place this summer at top gambling destinations.
Super High Roller Bowl
Super High Roller Bowl will mark the beginning of this year’s summer poker season. It is set to take place on May 28-June 1 at ARIA Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The super high roller event will feature a $300,000 buy-in fee. A total of 56 players will be allowed to enter it. As usual, entries will include some of poker’s biggest names as well as wealthy poker enthusiasts.
Participants will contend for the first-place prize of $6 million and the Super High Roller Bowl championship ring, which will be quite a piece judged by the rings awarded to the winners of the two previous such tournaments.
The first-place prize announced represents 36% of the overall prize pool of $16,800,000. Aside from the player who will be crowned victor, six more finalists will walk away with a payout, minimum cash totaling $600,000.
Here is the full list of this year’s Super High Roller Bowl participants. As it can be seen, high roller regulars such as Fedor Holz, Igor Kurganov, and David Peters will take place in the massive tournament as well as some of the players who can easily be said to belong to the group of poker legends, with Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, and Daniel Negreanu being few of them.
The iconic festival has been taking place in Las Vegas for more than four decades now and it will once again gather together poker pros, recreational players, and poker fans for a summer full of excitement.
The 48th edition of the WSOP will run from May 30-July 17. The festival’s full schedule was announced earlier this year and was promoted as one that would offer a little something for everyone attending. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will once again be home to the WSOP.
The 2017 schedule includes 74 gold bracelet events that will take place under the host venue’s roof over the announced 50 summer days. Aside from the well-established tournament formats and structures, the WSOP has introduced eight brand new events to diversify its offering for everyone who will travel to Las Vegas this summer.
There will be a $10,000 buy-in Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em event for teams of 2-4 players, a $333 online gold bracelet event with a guaranteed prize pool of $333,333, a $2,620 “Marathon” event with 100-minute levels, and a $3,333 online High Roller tournament, among several more.
The $10,000 Main Event is slated to begin on July 8. Qui Nguyen won last year’s Championship for a top prize of $8,005,310. The Colossus, an event whose first edition took place during the 2015 WSOP, will return for the 48th series. This year, it will feature a guaranteed prize pool of $8 million with a guaranteed first-place prize of $1 million for the winner.
Global Casino Championship 2017
The Global Casino Championship will mark the end of the 13th WSOP Circuit and the beginning of the series’ 14th season. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina will play host to the tournament for a third consecutive year.
The event is scheduled for August 8-10. It will feature a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million. Apart from the largest chunk of the money, the winner will also walk out with a WSOP gold bracelet.
As usual, the Global Casino Championship (previously the National Championship) will be an invitational tournament. Each Circuit stop Main Event winner and Casino Champion will be eligible to enter it. In addition, the top 50 players on the 2016/17 season US leaderboard will also receive a free entry. Circuit ring winners from the past season and the top 2016 WSOP Player of the Year players will be able to buy a seat into the tournament for $10,000.
Said El Yousfi won last year’s Global Casino Championship for a first-place prize of $343,256.