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2016 Global Championships

Global Casino Championship 2016 - WSOP Circuit

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 Roller.


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


Event Dates

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

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