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  1. [caption width="640"] Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is playing host to the WSOP Global Casino Championship.[/caption] This August, after making stops across the US and beyond, the WSOP Circuit returns to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina, where the season’s top players face off for the 2015-2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship and their shot at the minimum $1 million prize pool. The event, formerly known as the WSOP National Championship, runs August 9-11 and awards at least $1 million in prize money along with a coveted WSOP bracelet. This season marks the first time that International Circuit players are eligible to play for the championship. Winners from stops in Italy, Georgia, Morocco, the Czech Republic and others will be among the event’s qualifiers. Who’s Invited WSOP Circuit Main Event winners from each of the 2015-2016 stops earned a free seat into the tournament. The Casino Champion, or overall leaderboard points winner, of each venue also scores a free entry. The top 50 players on the Circuit leaderboard who did not win a Main Event seat or Casino Championship also receive free entry to the event. Those lucky enough to lock up a free seat will be treated to three nights' lodging at Harrah’s Cherokee and receive $500 for travel expenses. International qualifiers will automatically get four nights in the hotel, with an extra night being awarded to players who make the final table. There are still some automatic seats available. The 2015-16 WSOP Circuit schedule has four stops remaining; Council Bluffs, Cherokee, Montreal and New Orleans. Players can also continue to accumulate leaderboard points through the end of the New Orleans event. The top 100 players on the WSOP world ranking leaderboard - based on points earned during 2014 and 2015 World Series of Poker, WSOP Europe and WSOP APAC - can buy into the event for $10,000. Some of the players who are eligible to buy in are 2015 WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and former #1 ranked online player Paul Volpe. For the first time in the event's history, it's also allowing players who won a Circuit ring during the season to buy into the event as well. Each $10,000 entry fee is added on top of the $1 million prize pool put up by the WSOP. 2016-2017 Season Launch While the Global Casino Championship signals the end of the 12th WSOP Circuit season, it also coincides with the launch of the 2016-2017 season. Harrah’s Cherokee is hosting the first stop of the new season from August 4-16, while it simultaneously plays out the previous year’s championship. The Harrah’s stop features 12 ring events and includes a $1,675 Main Event and a $2,200 High Roller tournament. "The 2015 National Championship was a blast for us and we’re excited that the World Series of Poker is ramping up the game this year," said Brooks Robinson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s Cherokee. "Not only do we get to welcome in players from around the world, but we also get to help kick off the 2016-17 Circuit season. It really is a fantastic opportunity for our employees to help showcase the resort." Last year, Loni Harwood took the top spot in the 2015 National Championship, banking the $341,599 first-place prize. German grinder Dominik Nitsche took first in the 2014 championship for $335,659, with Jonathan Hilton taking home a $355,599 payday for his 2013 win.
  2. [caption width="640"] Harrah's Cherokee will host the WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship this August (WSOP photo)[/caption] 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.
  3. [caption width="640"] Sean Yu closed out the WSOP Global Casino Championship in dominating fashion and beat a field of 124 to win the 6,941 first place prize. (WSOP photo)[/caption] Sean Yu started his journey to the World Series of Poker Global Casino Championship last September by winning the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Planet Hollywood along with $170,000. The ring Yu won was his second and Thursday, he took down his first career WSOP bracelet along with $296,941 for winning the $1,000,000 guaranteed GCC in Cherokee, North Carolina. The most-accomplished players at the official six-handed final table for Yu to duel with were Dylan Linde and Jason Mercier, who found themselves eliminated within 10 hands of each other. Linde came into the final table as the short stack and on Hand 28, was busted out by Alexander Lakhov. Lakhov opened the button and Linde shoved for 186,000. Josh Reichard moved all-in from the big blind, and Lakhov got out of the way. Linde’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] trailed the [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] of Reichard and the [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="2d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="5h"] board confirmed Linde’s exit. Mercier got in his last 325,000 in against Yu and was on the rail shortly after. Yu raised in the cutoff to 27,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"] and was ahead of Mercier’s button shove [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. A queen flopped but Mercier did not improve further and was out in fifth. With the blinds up to 8,000/16,000, Reichard felted his second opponent in Jesse Cohen. Cohen moved all in on the button for 312,000 with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"] and Reichard called from the small blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. Reichard had a straight by the turn and Cohen was eliminated in fourth place. Despite picking up that pot, Reichard did not last much longer and had to settle for the bronze medal on Hand 54. Yu opened on the button to 35,000 and Lakhov called from the small blind. Reichard three-bet to 110,000 in the big blind and both of his opponents called. Lakhov checked the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"] flop and Reichard bet 180,000. Yu was the only caller and the [poker card="3d"] came on the turn. Reichard bet 245,000 more and Yu stuck with him to the [poker card="4c"] river. Reichard jammed for 391,000 and Yu called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"] to pick off Reichard’s [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"], sending him to the rail. Yu started heads up play with a sizable chip lead over Lakhov and wrapped up the tournament on the 61st hand of play. Lakhov raised to 35,000 on the button and Yu defended his big blind to see a [poker card="jd"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"] flop. Yu check-called for 35,000 and the [poker card="9c"] turned. Yu checked again and Lakhov bet 90,000. Yu called and the [poker card="5c"] hit the river. Yu checked with Lakhov betting 160,000. Yu put Lakhov all in and Lakhov called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jc"]. His top pair was no good against the flush of Yu [poker card="tc"][poker card="3c"] and Yu officially claimed the GCC title along with the bracelet. Final Table Payouts Sean Yu - $296,941 Alexander Lakhov - $183,527 Josh Reichard - $130,498 Jesse Cohen - $94,459 Jason Mercier - $69,624 Dylan Linde - $52,724
  4. [caption width="640"] Scott Stewart on Day 1C of the 2017 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event[/caption] Just six weeks ago, Scott Stewart was at the center of the poker universe, playing Day 7 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. Now he’s one of 300+ players packed into a ballroom at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles on Day 1C of theWorld Poker Tour Legends of Poker. It’s a stark contrast that isn’t lost on the five-time WSOP Circuit ring winner. “This table hasn’t been the most fun, but it’s starting to lighten up,” said Stewart, who lives just 15 minutes away in Long Beach. “This is the first time I’ve ever played this WPT specifically, I seem to always have something going on, even last year I was excited to play it and I got so sick I couldn’t get out of bed.” Stewart eventually busted the WSOP Main Event in 13th place for a career-best $535,000 score. Looking back on the whole experience, Stewart just remembers the fun he had getting that deep. “I remember most the final three tables, that was when things were really starting to pick up. My dad and my sister flew out, some of my friends came and I just had a blast,” said Stewart. “Adrenaline took over, because I was fatigued, it was true, but it wasn’t affecting my cards or anything.” Even with life-changing money on the line, Stewart says the fun came from the other players not taking the moment too seriously. Or maybe it was the beer. Or some combination of those two things. “Nobody was too serious yet, even the last couple of levels of Day 5. We all ended up drinking beer, having fun,” said Stewart. “I always had a good time at my tables, it was never the serious tables, even going down from 27 to 18, everyone was playful.” Playing the final two tables of the Main Event is something every poker player dreams of having the opportunity to do. Falling just four spots short of the final table though is the inverse nightmare. With some time to review everything that happened, Stewart does have some things he wish he could do over. “There is one hand where I do regret bluffing off a bunch of my chips. I made a big call with A-4 and then I moved tables and the first hand I played, I bluffed off a bunch. I went back to 3 million instead of 12 million, so that was maybe the only regret,” said Stewart. Thanks to a combination of his fun approach to the game and his USA headband he wore on the ESPN broadcasts, Stewart became a bit of a fan favorite and he knows when the hour-long episodes begin airing on ESPN in the coming weeks, people are going to be reminded of exactly how much fun he was. “When the coverage comes out, I played some funky hands, a couple were kind of crazy, I don’t regret that, that’s kind of how I play - I try to acquire a lot (of chips),” said Stewart. “I don’t think I’ve had more fun in a tournament that you always a hundred big blinds plus. I got a little creative and then I got caught a couple of times.” After the WSOP Main Event wrapped up, Stewart found himself headed to Cherokee, North Carolina for the WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship. “The top 50 (Circuit) players make it and was 49th, so I just got in there,” said Stewart, who failed to cash in that event. He did play to $365 buy-in ring events while he was there and picked up a couple of smaller cashes before taking down the $2,200 High Roller event for $63,399 and his fifth ring. The ring events weren’t the only thing that made Cherokee an appealing stop for him though. “I have a lot of friends that go out to that, that I’ve made over the years and it seems like, everyone that makes that tournament. A couple of people that I travel with, we all go out there and it all turns into one big fun part,” said Stewart, who found some extra-curricular activites to do when he wasn’t at the tabels. “We did tubing out there, the pool at Cherokee is really nice, we had some activities from somebody who lives up in Asheville, went to a couple of breweries, did a lot of fun stuff.”

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