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Everything You Need to Know About the 2014 WSOP National Championship

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This weekend, Season 10 of the World Series of Poker Circuit will culminate with the National Championship at the newly WSOP-branded Bally’s Atlantic City poker room. The fourth-annual National Championship will be recorded for future broadcast on ESPN, and will also award the year's first WSOP gold bracelet.

“We look forward to welcoming the best poker players in the world to Atlantic City and our brand new poker room at Bally’s,” said Kevin Ortzman, general manager of the property. “We are dedicated to making our new room the best in New Jersey, and are excited for players to see all the great things happening in Atlantic City with the convergence of online and land-based gaming.”

Throughout the season, players have been qualifying for the National Championship by either winning the Main Event or Casino Championship at each stop, seeing 44 total qualifiers advance. In addition, 50 players qualified via at-large bids, which come from accumulating points on the National Leaderboard. Additionally, the 100 players atop the WSOP World Rankings are eligible to buy into this event for $10,000, which will then be added to the prize pool. That means the final field will be between 100-200 players and generate a prize pool somewhere between $1-2 million.

“The WSOP National Championship is really about toasting the most consistent and dedicated players of the World Series of Poker brand,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “They have shown strong performance across our events and we’re delighted to provide a platform in Atlantic City for the first time to showcase and award these championship caliber players.”

The Main Event/Casino Champ qualifiers are:

PlayerRouteCityRingsCashedEarnings
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Jed Hoffman

Council Bluffs Casino ChampReno, NV29$54,142
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Aaron Frei

Harrah's Tunica Casino ChampLongmont, CO013$36,988
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Mike Leah

Bicycle Casino ChampToronto, ON27$68,488
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Patricia Till

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino ChampAvon, IN17$37,776
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Samuel Panzica

Horseshoe Cincinnati Casino ChampSaline, MI29$58,626
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Craig Varnell

Lodge Casino ChampFt Collins, CO16$82,743
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Andrew Merrick

Harrah's Rincon Casino ChampSan Diego, CA23$37,039
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Daniel Heredi

Cesars Palace Las Vegas Casino ChampN/A24$50,435
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Ryan Rinker

Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino ChampVacaville, CA04$90,744
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Ylon Schwartz

IP Biloxi Casino ChampAustin, TX13$29,532
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Marc Carpentier-Perrault

Lac Leamy Casino ChampBlainville, QC15$28,643
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Peter Nigh

Lumiere Place Casino ChampSt. Louis, MO03$76,981
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Richard Block

Harrah's Atlantic City Casino ChampAlden, NY14$48,215
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Robert Panitch

Lumiere Place Main EventNorthbrook, IL19$160,521
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Eric Suarez

Harrah's Philadelphia Casino ChampGlen Mills, PA13$26,288
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Sukhpaul Dhaliwal

River Rock Casino ChampLangley, BC12$41,845
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Juan Mendoza

Harrah's Cherokee Casino ChampWilmington, NC05$26,023
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Johnny Donnelly

Bossier City Casino ChampCarrollton, TX12$18,548
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Jeffrey Gunnip

Palm Beach Kennel Club Casino ChampBerkley, MI12$18,143
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Jonthan Gaviao

Harrah's Tunica Main EventGainesville, TX15$340,598
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Michael Oshana

Horseshoe Hammond Casino ChampHanover Park, IL12$73,071
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Ryan Methia

Foxwoods Casino ChampAcushnet, MA13$23,617
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Tyler Morris

Choctaw Resort Main EventTyler, TX15$392,458
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Zal Irani

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main EventChicago, IL17$120,231
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Eric Blair

The Lodge Main EventLas Vegas, NV12$160,632
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James Dorrance

Horseshoe Hammond Main EventHershey, PA12$439,785
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Shahin Edalatdju

Harrah's Rincon Main EventSan Diego, CA12$120,405
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Lincoln Milne

River Rock Main EventChilliwack, BC11$253,015
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Nipun Java

Bicycle Casino Main EventNorthridge, CA11$226,785
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Bradford Albrinck

Horseshoe Cincinnati Main EventCincinnati, OH11$221,994
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Christian Pham

Caesars Palace Main EventSt. Paul, MN11$214,332
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Jason Sandling

Harrah's Cherokee Main EventClayton, NC11$204,487
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Ruslan Dykshtein

Palm Beach Kennel Club Main EventBrooklyn, NY11$202,335
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Jason Strasser

Foxwoods Main EventNew York, NY11$186,600
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Joseph Lapinta

Harrah's Atlantic City Main EventToms River, NJ11$182,070
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Thomas Creel

Bossier City Main EventMonroe, LA11$144,537
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Daniel Harmetz

Harveys Lake Tahoe Main EventSacramento, CA11$128,699
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Charles Sylvestre

Lac Leamy Main EventSaint-Bruno, QC11$122,435
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Kyle Bowker

Harrah's Philadelphia Main EventWalton, NY11$115,920
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Martin Zenter

IP Biloxi Main EventNew Orleans, LA11$106,455
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Blair Hinkle

Council Bluffs Main EventWeatherby Lake, MO11$90,770
Chris BowenChoctaw Casino Champ12$131,224 
Tim WestHarrah's New Orleans Casino Champ19$75,815 
Bryan CampanelloHarrah's New Orleans Main Event25$190,358 

Here's a look at the 50 players that qualified by amassing enough points on the National Leaderboard:

Yossi AzulayAustin BuchananJosh EvansRobert GeoratoDarren Rabinowitz
Ari EngelBen KeelineJoseph MorneauRobert EdelsteinBJ McBrayer
Kevin McColganDaniel LoweryAditya PrasetyoNolan BurtonAlex Masek
Charles "Woody" MoorePhillip HuiMark FinkValentin VornicuChris Conrad
Ralph MasseyBernard LeeTimothy CampbellRyan TepenDJ MacKinnon
Pavlin KarakikovWarren SheavesPaul CooksonChris BibbAndrew Robinson
Brian O'DonaghueAndrew SpearsEric FieldsJessie BryantJonathan Gray
John HolleyJamie KerstetterJoseph HebdaJustin BondDavid Nicholson
Caufman TalleyFrederic RoetkerRobert IrbyCory WaalandRobert Hankins
Sean LippelArkadiy TsinisSean StevensJesse CappsJason Mayfield
Sean Small    

Also, here is a look at the 100 players atop the WSOP World Rankings that are eligible to buy into the National Championship for $10,000. Of course, not all of these players will do so. It's estimated around 30 will participate, while former WSOP champs Ryan Riess and Greg Merson have already confirmed their participation.

Daniel NegreanuPhil HellmuthGreg MersonAntonio EsfandiariDavid Baker
Jeremy AusmusJohn MonnetteMichael MizrachiMatthew AshtonPhil Ivey
Chris KlodnickiDominik NitscheMax SteinbergStephen ChidwickTimothy Adams
Konstantin PuchkovDavid "ODB" BakerRyan RiessMarco JohnsonShannon Shorr
Roland IsraelashviliTom SchneiderJoseph CheongMark RadojaJesse Martin
Andrew LichtenbergerJason MercierGreg MuellerAnthony GreggAndrew Frankenberger
Michael GathyJason KoonVanessa SelbstJonathan AguiarJared Hamby
Brandon CantuLoni HarwoodGeorge DanzerScott SeiverDavid "dpeters" Peters
Don NguyenErik SeidelAndy BlochRoger HairabedianDavid Chiu
Nick SchulmanJesse SylviaScott ClementsMatt StoutNoah Schwartz
Mike WattelCharles Nelson RobinsonKyle JuliusBrent HanksBrent Wheeler
Dan KellyJoe KuetherKeith LehrEric BaldwinBryan Piccioli
Jeff MadsenDaniel IdemaMike WatsonAmir LehavotBrian Hastings
David VamplewSteve SungErick LindgrenManig LoeserMarvin Rettenmaier
Joe CadaJacob BazeleyYuval BronshteinEddy SabatMike Matusow
Jan-Peter JachtmannAthanasios PolychronopoulosMatt BerkeyLayne FlackDaniel Alaei
Matthew WaxmanRussell ThomasRonnie BardahAdam FriedmanJeffrey Lisandro
Davidi KitaiChris DombrowskiSimeon NaydenovRandy OhelJacob Balsiger
Taylor PaurDan O'BrienNiall FarrellBrock ParkerJay Farber
John HenniganCliff GoldkindJonathan DuhamelSalman BehbehaniViacheslav Zhukov

In addition, the Bally’s Atlantic City Freeroll was held on Monday to showcase their brand new tournament room. The live tournament awarded one seat into the National Championship, which ended up going to Carl Javier. Meanwhile, Michael Wang won a $1,125 satellite into the National Championship.

Finally, the following players won their way in via WSOP.com freerolls:

FreerollWinner
WSOP NV KO FreerollTracy Doss
WSOP NJ KO FreerollStacey Kilcullen
WSOP NV Deposit FreerollDustin Restcuh
WSOP NJ Deposit FreerollEdward Bass

PokerNews will be providing daily updates on the National Championship from May 22-24, so be sure to check back then to see who will win the first gold bracelet of the summer.

*Photos courtesy of WSOP.com.

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