WSOP's Global Casino Championship seat race heating up

It’s almost the end of the line for the WSOP season.  The poker tournament series is currently at its last stop, Harrah’s New Orleans, and players don’t have many opportunities remaining to earn seats at the Global Casino Championship (GCC).  The WSOP season wraps up this month, and the GCC will be held August 7 – 9 at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. 

The GCC is an exclusive event open to those WSOP players who win seats during the regular season or who meet certain criteria.  Players who win a domestic or main event or international event, or who accumulate enough Casino Champion points at a given stop, automatically earn a spot at the table.  The top 50 winners across the domestic circuit who don’t secure a spot are also awarded a seat, valued at around $8,000. 

The GCC offers a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million.  There are potentially 128 automatic qualifiers who will join other players that put up the $10,000 rake-free buy-in.  Those that have won an open ring event or that place in the top 100 of the Player of the Year race are eligible for the buy-in. 

Last year’s GCC winner, Sean Yu, is sitting comfortably to make a return visit this year.  He could be joined by several of this year’s top performers, including Robert Hankins, Kevin Eyster, Josh Reichard and Val Vornicu.  Vornicu is coming off a monster performance, having won back-to-back circuit gold rings at WSOP Harrah’s events.  

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