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


Cherokee, NORTH CAROLINA – March 10, 2020 – The World Series of Poker Circuit concludes its 16th season at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina this August with the 2020 Global Casino Championship.

The three-day tournament is scheduled for August 11-13, 2020. This will be the sixth 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 World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

The Global Casino Championship is set to take place during the Harrah’s Cherokee August Circuit series, which is part of the 2020-21 WSOP Circuit season. The series is scheduled to start Thursday, August 6 and run through Monday, August 17. The series will feature a $1,700 Main Event and a full schedule of additional ring events, satellites, and side events.

The Global Casino Championship is the culminating event to the 2019-2020 Circuit season. It will include up to 154 automatic qualifiers. Of the potential 154 automatic qualifiers, up to 120 players will have qualified on the domestic tour and up to 34 on the International tour.

“The Global Casino Championship is one of poker’s most exciting events and we’re happy to have it back for the sixth year in a row,” said Regional Sr. Vice President and General Manager Brooks Robinson. “We’re thrilled to see WSOP events continue to thrive and will keep working hard to make sure Harrah’s Cherokee remains as one of the top stops on tour.”

For both the domestic and International WSOP Circuit, the Main Event winner at each stop of the 2019-2020 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. Currently, the player in the 50th spot in the standings has accumulated 167.5 points, and six full stops still remain. Last year the cutoff to earn a seat to the Global Casino Championship was 210 points.

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 2020 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 2021 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 2019 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 2019.  Those eligible can be found here.

For the fifth consecutive year, any player who won an official gold ring event on the WSOP Circuit in the 2019-2020 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 2020 Global Casino Championship still have time to do so internationally as well. The International Circuit has six stops remaining this season on three different continents with each stop awarding two seats to the 2020 Global Casino Championship.

The remaining 2019-20 schedules are as follows:




Harrah’s Atlantic City

March 5 – March 16, 2020

Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles)

March 7 – March 18, 2020

Hard Rock Tulsa

March 11 – March 23, 2020

Bally’s Las Vegas

March 19 – March 30, 2020

Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Omaha/Iowa)

March 26 – April 6, 2020

Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)

April 8 – April 20, 2020

Horseshoe Tunica

April 23 – May 4, 2020

Harrah’s New Orleans (Louisiana)

May 7 – May 18, 2020

WSOP Global Casino Championship

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

August 11-13, 2020

Aug. 6-17 (2020-21 Circuit)






KING’S RESORT, Rozvadov, Czech Republic

March 5 – March 23, 2020


March 26 – April 6, 2020


April 9 – April 19, 2020

DEERFOOT INN & CASINO, Calgary, Canada

May 6 – May 17, 2020


May 18 – June 1, 2020

CASINO DE MARRAKECH, Marrakech, Morocco

May 30 – June 7, 2020


June 11 – June 21, 2020

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 13 official events in 12 days, including a $1,700 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. Official WSOP Circuit events range in buy-in from $250-$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 2019-20, the WSOP Circuit season consists of 35 stops in the United States, two online-only series, plus 17 International stops. The 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 13 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 top15 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 50 years to 1970 – the famous World Series of Poker. This marks the 16th 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 52 stops, the WSOP Circuit visits 14 U.S. states and 15 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

ABOUT HARRAH’S CHEROKEE CASINOS - An enterprise of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. The Casino has over 3,000 games. The property also features over 1,100 hotel rooms, the Le Fu Men gaming area, 10 restaurants, the luxurious 18,000 square foot Mandara Spa, nine retail shops and the 3,000 plus seat Event Center. In addition to the 56-acre property, guests have privileged access to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian-owned Sequoyah National Golf Club. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is also home to the UltraStar Multi-tainment center which features 24 bowling lanes, an arcade, and 3 bars. Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel is located near Murphy, North Carolina. The Cherokee County, NC facility features over 1,000 games, The Food Market, Landing Cafe and a 300-room, full service hotel. Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel hosts the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center which features 16 bowling lanes, an arcade, and bar.

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