Circuit Finale to Award WSOP Gold Bracelet and $1,000,000 Million+ Prize Pool

Cherokee, NORTH CAROLINA – March 8, 2018 – The World Series of Poker Circuit concludes its 14th season at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina this August with the 2018 Global Casino Championship.

The three-day tournament is scheduled for August 7-9, 2018. This will be the fourth consecutive year Harrah’s Cherokee will play host to the prestigious season-ending event. The tournament will feature a minimum $1 million guaranteed prize pool and award the winner a WSOP gold bracelet.

The Global Casino Championship (previously known as the National Championship) is set to take place in the middle of the Harrah’s Cherokee August Circuit series, which officially kicks off the 2018-19 WSOP Circuit season. The series is scheduled to start Thursday, August 2 and run through Monday, August 13. The series will feature a $1,675 Main Event and a High Roller tournament.

The Global Casino Championship is the culminating event to the 2017-2018 Circuit season. It will include up to 128 automatic qualifiers. Of the potential 128 automatic qualifiers, up to 102 players will have qualified on the domestic tour and up to 26 on the International tour.

“Harrah’s Cherokee is excited to continue to be a part of this summer tradition,” said Regional Vice President and General Manager Brooks Robinson. “The Global Casino Championship is a truly special event for us to welcome players from around the country as well as from around the world!”

For both the domestic and International WSOP Circuit, the Main Event winner at each stop of the 2017-2018 season receives a free entry, as does the Casino Champion at each stop.  In addition, the top 50 players on the season-long leaderboard for the domestic WSOP Circuit earn an automatic entry. Last season, the bubble for earning a season-long automatic entry was 147.5 points. It is expected to be higher this season since there are four more stops on the domestic Circuit than last season.

The standings of the season-long point’s race can be found on the Circuit leaderboard.  

The last chance to earn points toward qualifying for the 2018 Global Casino Championship is at the Harrah’s New Orleans stop in May. Any stop after that, including the Harrah’s Cherokee August Circuit, will award points to the 2019 Global Casino Championship.

All players who have earned an automatic entry will receive a $500 travel stipend and three nights at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, plus one additional night for anyone making the final table or for international participants. 

The top 100 players in the WSOP Player of the Year rankings from 2017 also have the opportunity to buy into the Global Casino Championship directly for $10,000.  The rankings are compiled based on players’ performance in WSOP gold bracelet events in 2017.  Those eligible can be found here.

For the third consecutive year, any player who won an official gold 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 looking to earn a seat to the 2018 Global Casino Championship still have plenty of time to do so. The domestic WSOP Circuit still has 7 full stops remaining in the 2017-18 season. The stops left include Atlantic City, Tulsa, Planet Hollywood, Omaha/Council Bluffs, Cherokee, Baltimore and New Orleans. The International Circuit stops remaining on this season’s schedule include Czech Republic, France, Italy and Russia.

The three-day 2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship No-Limit Hold’em tournament will get underway at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 7 in the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center with all eligible players.

“Ten years ago we only had 12 Circuit stops and they were all in the U.S. We’re proud to have grown it to 39 stops in 11 different countries and the Global Casino Championship at Harrah’s Cherokee exists to put the best of the best in the same room to see who comes out on top,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We’ll continue to work hard to make the World Series of Poker the biggest and best poker tournaments to play all around the world.”

The remaining 2017-18 schedules are as follows:




Harrah’s Atlantic City

March 8 – March 19, 2018

Hard Rock Tulsa (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

March 15 – March 26, 2018

Planet Hollywood (Las Vegas)

March 22 – March 26, 2018

Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Omaha/Iowa)

March 29 – April 9, 2018

Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)

April 12 – April 23, 2018

Horseshoe Baltimore (Maryland)

April 26 – May 7, 2018

Harrah’s New Orleans (Louisiana)

May 10 – May 21, 2018

WSOP Global Casino Championship

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

August 7-9, 2018

Aug. 1-13 (2018-19 Circuit)




March 1-19, 2018

KING’S CASINO, Rozvadov, Czech Republic

March 16-25, 2018


March 25 – April 9, 2018

CASINO CAMPIONE (Campione, Italy)

May 13-29, 2018


Circuit schedules are subject to change.  Stops may be added or removed. For more information on individual circuit events, including event schedules and structure sheets, can be found at each property website or by visiting 

*The WSOP Circuit Events and culminating championship are subject to tournament rules and restrictions. The timing, number and location of events are subject to change and all applicable gaming regulations.  Eligibility for the Global Casino Championship is not guaranteed. Requirements and rules must be adhered to and Caesars has final and sole authority to determine eligibility.


The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Events are a series of poker tournaments hosted throughout the United States beginning in August each year, and culminating the following May.  The Global Casino Championship, a qualifying tournament with a $1,000,000 prize pool provided by WSOP and televised on ESPN awards the victor a WSOP gold bracelet. WSOP Circuit Events are designed to give the recreational and amateur player an opportunity to participate in the WSOP experience at a more affordable price point and with less of a time commitment than the traditional WSOP in Las Vegas. Each stop features 12 official events in 12 days, including a $1,675 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. Official WSOP Circuit events range in buy-in from $365-$5,300 and award a prestigious WSOP gold ring to each victor.  These poker tournaments are designed to reach a winner within two playing days, with some events even structured to complete in one day. In 2017-18, the WSOP Circuit season consists of 26 stops in the United States, plus 13 International stops. The 26 U.S. stops are all tied together by a cumulative points system that awards points based on finish in individual events. The winner of each stop’s Main Event (the only three-day structured event) gains automatic entry into the season-ending WSOP Global Casino Championship, as does each stop’s Casino Champion – the person who accumulates the most points throughout the 12 official events at a stop.  Two players at each stop earn automatic entries into the season-ending championship, with the remaining players being made up of at large qualifiers whom have accumulated the most points throughout the U.S. Circuit season. Players who finish within the top ten percent of the field are typically awarded prize money on an escalating scale until there is one player who has captured all the chips.  That victor wins the largest share of the prize pool, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and points towards championship qualification. For International Circuit Events, those are closed-loop events, awarding two automatic entries at each stop, one for the Main Event champion and one for the Casino Champion. The WSOP Circuit Events are an offshoot of the longest-running, largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, dating back 48 years to 1970 – the famous World Series of Poker. This marks the 14th year the WSOP Circuit Events have been held.  They were initially established by Caesars Entertainment (then Harrah’s Entertainment) after its purchase of the WSOP brand in 2004 as a way to bring the WSOP experience to Harrah’s-owned properties throughout the U.S. In the inaugural season (2004-05), the WSOP Circuit featured five stops – Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, San Diego and New Orleans. Now, with 39 stops, the WSOP Circuit visits 13 U.S. states and 12 international cities.  Cumulatively, these events feature more players participating in it than the Las Vegas version of the WSOP.  Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc., (CIE) owns the WSOP and the WSOP Circuit Events.  For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at


An enterprise of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. The Casino has 150,000 square feet of gaming space, and offers traditional table games such as black jack, roulette and craps. The property also features over 1,100 hotel rooms, the Le Fu Men gaming area, 10 restaurants, the ESSENCE Lounge, the luxurious 18,000 square feet Mandara Spa and seven retail shops. In addition to the 56-acre property, guests have privileged access to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation-owned Sequoyah National Golf Club. For complete details please visit

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