Photo Caption: Michael Mizrachi is the top points earner on the list of 100 qualified players who can buy their way in to the WSOP National Championship for $10,000. Photo by Jay WhoJedi Newnum
We've spent the summer periodically highlighting some of the best players on the World Series of Poker Circuit who earned a seat into the $1 million WSOP National Championship freeroll. These 100 players worked hard for their free shot at a big payday, but this event is also going to reward 100 of the WSOP's best performers of the past three years with a shot at the bracelet and a piece of the prize pool as well.
The 100 WSOP Rankings qualifiers for the WSOP National Championship may not have free seats into the event like their WSOPC counterparts, but for $10,000, they can take part in the action. The elite field of 100 players is based on the WSOP World Rankings, which looks at player performance over the 2010 and 2011 WSOP.
The newly minted two-time Poker Players Champion, Michael Mizrachi, is the top points earner on the list of 100 afte rhis impressive two-year run, which included his first $50,000 Poker Players Championship victory, his Main Event final table appearance, and his 2011 WSOPE bracelet. He isn't the only $50,000 PPC winner on the list either. Brian Rast and David Bach also have an opportunity to buy-in and join the fray, as will recent WSOP Main Event winners Pius Heinz and Jonathan Duhamel.
The list of players eligible to buy-in is a veritable who's who of the poker world and they will certainly be formidable competition for the 100 WSOPC qualifiers in what is sure to be an exciting event. The tournament is scheduled to get underway on Friday, July 6th at 12pm PT. Day 2 of the National Championship runs on July 7th and the final table will return on July 11th to play down to a National Champion in front of the ESPN cameras.
Here are the 100 players who can buy-in to the WSOP National Championship on July 6th for $10,000. The list is alphabetical by last name. A list of qualifiers in order of points earned is available on WSOP.com:
1. Owais Ahmed2. Daniel Alaei3. Richard Ashby4. David Bach5. Allen Bari6. David "Bakes" Baker7. David "ODB" Baker8. Tomer Berda9. Steve Bilirakis10. Nick Binger11. Chris Bjorin12. Tyler Bonkowski13. Josh Brikis14. Shawn Buchanan15. Eric Buchman16. Joseph Cheong17. David Chiu18. Michael Chow19. Eric Cloutier20. Jake Cody21. Owen Crowe22. James Dempsey23. Jason Dewitt24. David Diaz25. John Dolan26. Jonathan Duhamel27. Tom Dwan28. Joe Ebanks29. Will Failla30. Sammy Farha31. Nicolas Fierro32. Elio Fox33. Peter Gelencser34. Sean Getzwiller35. Matt Glantz36. Ian Gordon37. Bertrand Grospellier38. Christian Harder39. Pius Heinz40. Phil Hellmuth41. Daniel Idema42. Matt Jarvis43. John Juanda44. Frank Kassela45. Eugene Katchalov46. Matt Keikoan47. Dan Kelly48. Sami Kelopuro49. Allen Kessler50. Alexander Kostritsyn51. Valdemar Kwaysser52. Mikhail Lakhitov53. Ben Lamb54. Steve Landfish55. Pascal LeFrancois56. Amir Lehavot57. George Lind58. Vitaly Lunkin59. Maxim Lykov60. Ayaz Mahmood61. Matt Marafioti62. Matt Matros63. Jason Mercier64. Michael Michnik65. Michael Mizrachi66. Robert Mizrachi67. Chris Moorman68. Scott Montgomery69. Gabriel Nassif70. Men Nguyen71. Jeff Papola72. David Peters73. Miguel Proulx74. Kirill Rabtsov75. John Racener76. Mark Radoja77. Victor Ramdin78. Brian Rast79. Jesse Rockowitz80. Eric Rodawig81. David Sands82. Mitch Schock83. Mark Schmid84. Nick Schulman85. Vladimir Shchemelev86. Martin Staszko87. Gavin Smith88. Jarred Solomon89. Jason Somerville90. Fabrice Soulier91. Sam Stein92. Steve Sung93. Josh Tieman94. Yevgeniy Timoshenko95. Sam Trickett96. Maxwell Troy97. Arkadiy Tsinis98. Jon Turner99. Tristan Wade100. Viacheslav Zhukov