The 2012/2013 World Series of Poker Circuit is more than two-thirds complete, and only six stops remain before the third annual National Championship at Harrah’s New Orleans from May 22-24, 2013. What's more, through 13 stops (the numbers aren’t in for Caesars Atlantic City), 53,847 entrants have participated on the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit and generated $29,191,518 in prize money, putting the Circuit on pace to become the richest and most attended season in its nine-year history.
On May 21, this season’s sponsor, Southern Comfort 100 Proof, will host an official welcome party in New Orleans, coinciding with completion of the last WSOP Circuit stop of the season. Once that stop’s Main Event and Casino Championship are determined, the 100 qualifiers — composed of 20 Main Event champions, 20 Casino Championship winners, and 60 point qualifiers — will be determined, and they will be joined by up to 100 players (eligibility based on their performances in 2011 and 2012 open bracelet events) who opt to buy in for $10,000.
The field will then compete for $1 million in prize money fronted by the WSOP, plus any additional buy-in money from the 100 eligible players, and an official WSOP gold bracelet at a nationally televised finale, which will air on ESPN on July 30, 2013 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET.
Last year’s National Championship attracted 157 players and saw a $1,570,000 prize pool up for grabs. Walking away with the $416,051 first-place prize and gold bracelet was Ryan Eriquezzo, who qualified for the event by winning the 2011-12 WSOP Circuit Caesars Atlantic City Main Event.
Here’s a look at the players who are currently qualified for this year’s National Championship:
|Joseph McKeehan||Caesars Atlantic City Main Event Champion|
|Christopher Leong||Caesars Atlantic City Casino Champion|
|Jonathan Tamayo||Palm Beach Kennel Club Main Event Champion|
|Sam Panzica||Palm Beach Kennel Club Casino Champion|
|Jeff Fielder||Choctaw Durant Main Event Champion|
|Andrew Robinson||Choctaw Durant Casino Champion|
|Baptiste Chavillaz||Bicycle Casino Main Event Champion|
|Nathan Bjerno||Bicycle Casino Champion|
|Ryan Stevenson||Harrah’s Tunica Main Event Champion|
|John Holley||Harrah’s Tunica Casino Champion|
|Jonathan Chehanske||Harrah’s Rincon Main Event Champion|
|Valentin Vornicu||Harrah’s Rincon Casino Champion|
|Adam Teasdale||Harrah’s Atlantic City Main Event Champion|
|Brandon Fish||Harrah’s Atlantic City Casino Champion|
|Cary Marshall||Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event Champion|
|Daniel Gilmer||Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino Champion|
|John Crncic||River Rock (Vancouver) Main Event Winner|
|Sandra Wong||River Rock (Vancouver) Casino Champion|
|Josh Williams||Horseshoe Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Winner|
|Mike Leah||Horseshoe Hammond Casino Champion|
|Dan Heimiller||Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event Winner|
|Jonathan Taylor||Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino Champion|
|Quan Nguyen||Bossier City Casino Champion|
|Jeff Gibralter||Bossier City Main Event Champion|
|Kyle Cartwright||IP Biloxi Main Event Winner|
|Cory Wood||IP Biloxi Casino Champion|
In addition to the qualifiers, players who earn enough points on the National Leader Board will qualify for the National Championship. Here’s a look at the 10 top point earners who are primed to qualify for the National Championship:
|Charles “Woody” Moore||155||0||9||$48,636|
Finally, 100 players are eligible to join the National Championship. Among them are Phil Hellmuth, Greg Merson, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Ben Lamb, Jason Mercier, Chris Moorman, Antonio Esfandiari, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Phil Ivey, Vanessa Selbst, Barry Greenstein, Andy Bloch and Maria Ho. The entire list can be viewed by clicking here, but needless to say, it could turn out to be a star-studded affair.
If you haven’t qualified yet, fear not. There are still a half dozen more stops remaining:
|March 14-25, 2013||The Lodge at Blackhawk outside Denver, Colorado|
|March 27 - April 8, 2013||Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut|
|April 4-15, 2013||Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina|
|April 11-22, 2013||Horseshoe Council Bluffs in Iowa|
|April 25 – May 6, 2013||Harrah’s Philadelphia|
|May 9-20, 2013||Harrah’s New Orleans|
*Lead photo courtesy of Foxwoods.