The WSOP Global Casino Championship (formerly known as the National Championship)
returns to Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, near the picturesque Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.
From August 9-11, the Global Casino Championship will be played out under the lights of the ESPN cameras, with a WSOP gold bracelet up for
grabs, as well as a minimum of $1,000,000 in prize money.
This is a historic year for this tournament. For the first time ever, it will welcome players from the WSOP International Circuit events. Players from venues in Morocco, Georgia, Italy, the Czech
Republic, and other locales will join the contingent of qualifiers from the domestic WSOP Circuit.
The 2016 Global Casino Championship is both the culmination of the 2015/2016 WSOP Circuit year and a
kickoff party for next season. Harrah's Cherokee will host the first Circuit stop of the 2016/2017 season from August 4-16, and the Global Casino
Championship will be held in its midst. The full Circuit stop will feature the standard 12 ring events, including a $1,675 Main Event and a $2,200 High
Who qualifies for the Global Casino Championship
A total of 100 players will earn free seats to the Global Casino Championship. The Main Event winner at each stop of the 2015-2016 WSOP Circuit receives a
free entry, as does the Casino Champion at each stop. An additional 12 qualifiers earned their seats by winning the Main Event or becoming Casino Champion
on the WSOP International Circuit.
The rest of the automatic qualifiers are filled out from the top of season-long Circuit points leaderboard.
All players who have earned a free entry will receive a $500 travel stipend and three nights at the Harrah's Cherokee hotel (four for international
qualifiers), plus one additional night for anyone making the final table.
As in years past, the top 100 players in the WSOP world rankings have
the opportunity to buy into the Global Casino Championship directly for $10,000. The world rankings are compiled based on players' performance in WSOP gold
bracelet events in 2014 and 2015. In addition, for the first time ever, any player who won an official ring event on the WSOP Circuit this season also has
the option to buy in to the Global Casino Championship directly for $10,000. For all players who buy their seats, the $10,000 is added directly to the
prize pool (rake-free), in addition to the $1,000,000 put up by WSOP.
Players who have qualified for free seats will be contacted directly by WSOP. If you are one of the 100 qualifiers but have not heard from WSOP staff,
please contact Simone Ricci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2016 Global Casino Championship is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 9 at noon. Day 2 will resume the following day, and the final
table will be played out on the ESPN stage on Thursday, August 11.
Here is the full list of previous Global Casino Championship / National Championship winners:
2015 - Loni Harwood - $341,599
2014 - Dominik Nitsche - $335,659
2013 - Jonathan Hilton - $355,599
2012 - Ryan Eriquezzo - $416,051
2011 - Sam Barnhart - $300,000
Just steps from the Mediterranean Sea, the host hotels for WSOP Europe are world renown for their charm and comfort. When not hosting WSOP Europe, the Majestic Barrière Cannes and the Gray d'Albion are filled with film stars and dignitaries for annual events like the Cannes Film Festival. These destination resorts are sought after by people all over Europe and vacationers around the world. The WSOPE has arranged special hotel rates for poker players throughout this event. Please see below to take advantage of these offers.
*Special offer at the Hotel Majestic Barriere is buy 6 nights get the 7th free. Offer at the Hotel Gray d'Albion is buy 4 nights, get the 5th free. Reservation must be made before 30 days before arrival.
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