WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship Returning to Cherokee, NC

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Harrah’s Cherokee will host the WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship this August (WSOP photo)

For the third straight year the best players from the WSOP Circuit are going to be spending a few days in Cherokee, NC chasing down a WSOP bracelet, a big pay day and some ESPN screen time at the end of the summer.

The World Series of Poker announced that the 2017 Global Casino Championship will be held at Harrah’s Cherokee August 8-10 and will once again have a guaranteed $1,000,000 prize pool. This marks the third consecutive year that the WSOP Circuit season-ending event will be held in Cherokee.

“The growth of the World Series of Poker Circuit over the last year has been astounding,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We are reaching new players in the United States and around the world and it’s great to have them square off against one another in this one-of-a-kind event. We’re thrilled to be back at the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee once again, which has always been a great host for this prestigious event.”

There are 122 free spots reserved for players who qualified during the 2016-17 WSOP Circuit season. Any player who won a WSOP Circuit Main Event and the Casino Champion from each stop earn automatic entry. The remaining 50 open spots go to the top WSOP Circuit leaderboard point earners that do not already have a seat.

The top 100 players in the WSOP Player of the Year rankings from 2016 and any player who won a WSOP Circuit gold ring event during the 2016-17 season can buy in to the GCC for $10,000. The $10,000 is added to the prize pool with no rake removed.

The relatively remote location of the Cherokee property is unpopular with some players, but the field size has remained relatively constant since the move. Having the event there also allows organizers to kick off the new WSOP Circuit season at the same time.

Last year Said El Yousfi traveled from Morocco and won the 2016 Global Casino Championship and $343,256. In 2015Loni Harwood beat out 121 players to win the 2015 WSOP Circuit National Championship, the predecessor to the Global Casino Championship, and $341,599.