The World Series of Poker Circuit's 2015-16 season will conclude with the WSOP Global Casino Championship, set for Aug. 9-11 at Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina. There, the tournament will run concurrently with the first stop of the 2016-17 WSOP Circuit season, which begins Aug. 4.
“We are thrilled to be able to return to Harrah’s Cherokee for our season-culminating championship,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart in a press release. “It’s only fitting that we end one season and start the next at Harrah’s Cherokee, a terrific host venue and locale for poker players far and wide.”
The Global Casino Championship, formerly branded the WSOP National Championship, will see 100 players automatically qualify for $10,000 apiece for a $1 million prizepool. That number is comprised of the winners of 25 WSOP Circuit Main Event stops (19 stateside and six abroad), 25 Casino Champions who accumulate the most leaderboard points at a given stop, and 50 at-large qualifiers who accumulate the points throughout the season without winning a seat.
Additionally, for the first time in the six-year history of the event, players can buy in for $10,000 — rake-free — if they have won a ring event this season. Other players eligible to enter for $10,000 are the top 100 in the WSOP world rankings, who accumulated points through high finishes in bracelet events.
In that vein, the televised event has drawn superstars like Daniel Negreanu, who finished sixth in last year's tournament. Loni Harwood topped all-time WSOP Circuit ring leader Alex Masek for the $341,599 first-place prize.
Players looking to qualify for the event still have time. The 2015-16 season has stops remaining at Harrah's Cherokee (April 14-25), Casino Montreal International (April 20-May 9), and Harrah's New Orleans (May 12-23), as well as the currently-running stop at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.