Global Casino Championship Kicks Off at Harrah’s Cherokee on August 8

The WSOP Global Casino Championship with a guaranteed $1-million prize pool, one of this summer’s hottest poker events, is just a day away. The tournament is summoning its participants tomorrow, August 8, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina.

Unlike other WSOP events, this particular is an invitation-only one. The tournament is aimed to gather together the Main Event winners and the Casino Champions from each Circuit stop. The players occupying the top 50 positions on the season leaderboard also receive a free entry into the tournament. In other words, there are a total of 122 players who are joining the Championship’s field automatically.

The top 100 players on WSOP’s 2016 Player of the Year ranking can also enter the upcoming tournament. However, they will have to pay a buy-in of $10,000 in order to be able to compete. Circuit ring winners from throughout the series’ 2016/2017 season will also be able to join, yet again in exchange for a $10,000.

As mentioned above, the tournament is slated to kick off on Tuesday at noon local time at Harrah’s Cherokee. The event will span over three playing days. The official final table will be played on Thursday, August 10, when the champion will be crowned.

The Global Casino Championship marks the end of the WSOP Circuit’s Season 2016/2017 and the beginning of the 2017/2018 one. Harrah’s Cherokee has thus become the opening stop of the new season. Action kicked off at the popular casino on August 2 and several lucky players have already battled it out to coveted gold rings. The first WSOP Circuit festival for this season is set to run through August 16.

There will be 12 gold rings up for grabs over the course of the Cherokee stop and the festival will be concluded with a $1,675 Main Event, just as usual. There will be multiple other playing options for visitors.

Said El Yousfi topped the field of last summer’s Championship. The player won the event after defeating a field of 126 entries and a heads-up battle against Yasin Ahmady. Yousfi collected $343,256 for his performance.

Female poker pro and WSOP Circuit regular Loni Harwood won the tournament in 2015, when it was known as the National Casino Championship. The player, who boasts three WSOP Circuit gold rings, two WSOP gold bracelets, and more than $1.6 million in overall WSOP earnings, beat a field of 121 other players to scoop the National Casino Championship title.

Her share of the prize pool totaled $341,599. Here it is also interesting to note that Harwood defeated none other but nine-time gold ring winner Alexandru Masek heads-up. Masek occupied the top of the all-time gold ring ranking for quite some time with his nine pieces. His accomplishment was bettered by Maurice Hawkins this spring, when he won his tenth gold ring at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

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