The Grand Final of the World Series of Poker Circuit has finally been set for New Jersey in May.
One of the most renowned poker series held under American gambling laws is the World Series of Poker Circuit, currently in its tenth season. It all ends in a spotlight at the WSOP National Championship between May 22 and 24 at Bally’s Atlantic City Casino in New Jersey. There’s a seven-figure prize pool to contest and a gold bracelet in the final event.
However, there are still five Circuit stops on the calendar leading up to the Final. These include stops in Philadelphia, North Carolina, Iowa, New Orleans, and Iowa. Each stop will add two more seats to the Final event – one for the Casino Champion, and one for the Main Event winner at each Circuit event.
Altogether, there are twenty two stops this season, which means 44 people will qualify automatically for the big bang in New Jersey. 50 additional seats will be earned by at-large bids thanks to gathering the most points during the 22 stops of the WSOP Circuit.
Only 6 seats are still up for grabs
The total number of seats for the big Final is 100, and WSOP has announced how to win the remaining 6. WSOP will host National Championship seat freerols at their online poker sites in the United States in both New Jersey and Nevada. The winners of both tourneys will grab a seat.
World Series of Poker Circuit Tour Final announced
•The much-anticipated poker bonanza takes place in New Jersey in May
•The American poker room at Bally’s Atlantic City will host the finale
•$1,000,000 in guaranteed prize pool
Participation requires only 1 deposit during the month of April. Upon making a deposit, players will get a freeroll ticket for either New Jersey event held on May 17th, or Nevada freeroll scheduled for May 10th. The American poker rooms in both states will also host identical number of knockout tourneys online from April 20 until May 3, offering 1 more seat the Finals from each state.
In order to qualify for them poker enthusiasts need to win one of the fourteen consecutive night tournaments in the series. 14 seats will form the “Knockout Series Champions Freeroll” on May 4th, the winner of which gets to go to New Jersey for the big Final.
This leaves us with only 2 more seats. They will be awarded at the Bally’s Atlantic City itself. The first one can be won in a live tourney freeroll on May 19, while the second one is up for grabs to the winner of the $1,125 “last-chance” NLHE event held over two days.
Comments from the organizers
Kevin Ortzman, general manager of the Atlantic City property, commented: “We look forward to welcoming the best poker players in the world to Atlantic City and our brand new poker room at Bally’s. We are dedicated to making our new room the best in New Jersey, and are excited for players to see all the great things happening in Atlantic City with the convergence of online and land-based gaming.”
WSOP Executive Director, Ty Stewart, had the following to add: “The WSOP National Championship is really about toasting the most consistent and dedicated players of the World Series of Poker brand. They have shown strong performance across our events and we’re delighted to provide a platform in Atlantic City for the first time to showcase and award these championship caliber players.”
Who else can play?
100 players who will win their way into the WSOP Circuit Final are not the only ones who can participate. The first 100 poker pros on the WSOP World Rankings will be able to buy-in for $10,000, if they want to that is. Their $10,000 will be added to the prize pool without any rake, and they will sure make welcome additions to the $1,000,000 guaranteed by the WSOP.
Altogether the final count of participants will be somewhere between 100 and 200 players, and the prize pool can go all the way up to $2 million. Naturally, the event will be filmed by ESPN and will become part of their annual WSOP programs.
The previous Circuit Tour was the largest series in its history. Almost 80,000 participants have joined the tables throughout the tour with an average payout of $197,535 for the Main Event winners.