Posts Tagged ‘World Series of Poker National Championship’
by Bridget Wright | Published: Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Currently in its 10th season, the World Series of Poker Circuit will culminate at the recently WSOP-branded renovated Bally’s Atlantic City poker room with its fourth-annual National Championship. Running from May 22-24, the tournament will award a WSOP gold bracelet to the winner, and be recorded for future broadcast on ESPN.
“We look forward to welcoming the best poker players in the world to Atlantic City and our brand new poker room at Bally’s,” said Kevin Ortzman, general manager of the property. “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.”
Throughout this year’s WSOP season, players have been qualifying for the National Championship. Winners of the Main Event or Casino Championship at each stop were awarded automatic qualification, which has seen 34 total qualifiers advance so far. Ten more have yet to be determined; the total will end up being 44.
In addition, 50 players will qualify via at-large bids, which come from accumulating points on the National Leaderboard. Six final seats were still left unaccounted for, and the WSOP announced on Tuesday how those will be awarded.
1. WSOP National Championship Seat Freeroll – two seats will be awarded on WSOP.com websites in both Nevada and New Jersey through online freerolls on May 10 and May 17 respectively. To participate in the freeroll, players must simply make a deposit during the month of April. Once a deposit is made, players will receive a freeroll tournament ticket.
2. Knockout Series – two more seats will be awarded on WSOP.com in Nevada and New Jersey through mirrored knockout tournaments online from April 20 to May 3. To qualify, players may enter any of the 14 consecutive nightly tournaments in the Knockout Series and walk away the victor. The 14 individual tournament winners will each then be free-rolled into the 14-person Knockout Series Champions Freeroll taking place on May 4, with the winner of that freeroll earning the WSOP National Championship seat.
3. Bally’s Atlantic City Freeroll – to showcase their brand-new tournament room, Bally’s will host a live tournament freeroll on Monday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. that will award one seat.
4. $1,125 “Last Chance” Qualifier – one seat will be awarded in a two-day qualifier at Bally’s Atlantic City on Tuesday, May 20. The tournament will also see the winner take home the lion’s share of the prize pool.
Also, the WSOP’s World Rankings top 100 players are eligible to buy into the event for $10,000. Any buy-in amount will be added to the prize pool, which means the final field will be somewhere between 100 – 200 players and have a prize pool between $1 -2 million.
“The WSOP National Championship is really about toasting the most consistent and dedicated players of the World Series of Poker brand,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “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.”
For those players wanting to qualify for the National Championship the “old-fashioned” way, there are still five circuit stops left in the season. The remaining 2013/2014 WSOP Circuit schedule includes:
- Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina): April 3 – 14, 2014
- Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Iowa): April 10 – 21, 2014
- Harrah’s Philadelphia: April 17 – 28, 2014
- The Lodge Casino at Black Hawk (Colorado): April 24 – May 5, 2014
- Harrah’s New Orleans: May 8 – 19, 2014
The National Championship is bound to be an exciting one, and many people’s first chance to see the new and improved casino area at Bally’s Casino.
If you’re interested in getting an entry to the tournament from either a circuit stop or through online poker, hone your skills at Bovada Poker. They even have WSOP qualifying events!
by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
It is an incredibly busy week in the world of Poker with European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker Circuit events taking place around the globe.
Paul Klann leads Canadian Spring Championship
Paul Klann has a substantial chip lead heading into Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship taking place at the Playground Poker Club.
Klann currently has 1,793,000 in chips with forty-four players remaining and is in an excellent position to win his second WPT Title this season after winning the World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic earlier in the year.
Klann and World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic Winner Ravi Raghavan were two of few big names to advance to the third day of the tournament with leading poker pros such as: Jeff Madsen, Huck Seed and Matt Salsberg all eliminated before the end of the day.
Day three of the Canadian Spring Championship kicks off shortly and we will keep you up to date with all the action.
Dan Smith Takes Early Chip Lead in EPT Grand Final
Dan Smith is the chip leader after the opening flight of the Pokerstars Monte Carlo European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.
Only fifty-three players managed to survive the opening flight of the tournament and Smith (136,500) currently holds a narrow chip lead over Pablo Fernandez (135,900), Freddy Deed (133,900), Arlo Dotson (127,100) and Jake Cody (119,000).
EPT officials will be hoping the second flight draws more players as the 108 players that took part today was down 163 players on the same stage of the tournament last year.
The second flight of the Main Event is underway and features a number of leading players including Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen and Vanessa Selbst.
Chris Reslock Breaks World Series of Poker Circuit Record
Veteran Chris Reslock has become the most successful player in World Series of Poker Circuit history after capturing his seventh Gold Ring in the $365 No-Limit Hold’em event at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
Reslock won his sixth ring in the $580 No-Limit Hold’em event earlier in the week and has now vaulted past Alex Masek as the all-time Gold Rings leader.
Reslock will have an opportunity to add to his collection of Rings when he takes part in the World Series of Poker National Championship at the end of May.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Blair Hinkle has outlasted a field of 367 players to win the World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event for the second time in three years.
Hinkle picked up the first place prize of $121,117 and scored an entry into the World Series of Poker Circuit National Championship that will be held at Harrah’s New Orleans on May 22nd.
The twenty-seven year-old was delighted to make history as the first player to win the same World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event twice.
“Coming into the final table, my mom mentioned storylines for the reporters and I thought this would be a good one so I tried to make it happen,” Hinkle joked.
Hinkle played well throughout the tournament but found his biggest competition came from his brother Grant – himself a World Series of Poker bracelet winner.
“It sucked playing against Grant,” Hinkle said.
“Obviously we don’t want to play against other good players let alone each other, because we don’t soft play each other.
“We got into some pretty big hands.”
Hinkle eventually outlasted his brother but still faced a tough task to win the tournament at a final table that included past WSOP circuit winners Mark Bonsack, Sterling Savill and Lance Garcia.
“I have to be honest, going into the final table I wasn’t exactly sure I was going to make it too far,” Hinkle said.
“It looked like a tough final table and I was glad to continue moving forward and then win.”
The Missouri native could not explain why he has had so much success at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs event.
“Maybe it’s that my brother lives in Iowa or my girlfriend went to Iowa State,” Hinkle said.
His second WSOP circuit victory improved Hinkle’s already stellar tournament record, which now includes two WSOP Circuit Rings, a World Series of Poker bracelet and two second place finishes in the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic.
Hinkle will return to the World Series of Poker Circuit for the National Championship in just over a months’ time.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
Joseph McKeehen produced one of the most dominating performances in the history of the World Series of Poker National Circuit to win the Main Event Championship at Caesars Atlantic City yesterday.
The twenty-one-year-old crushed the field of 540 players to win the first place prize of $174,147 as well as a World Series of Poker Circuit Gold Ring.
McKeehen dominated the tournament from start to finish and by the start of the final table had well over the half the chips in play.
A modest McKeehen admitted that he had his fair share of good luck during the tournament.
“I had everything go my way, that’s for sure,” McKeehen said.
“What really helped was when I would get pocket aces, someone else would get a hand almost as good, and that’s really critical because you need to get paid off when you get big hands.”
Despite winning $174,147 McKeehen does not plan on playing poker fulltime and is determined to finish his math degree at Arcadia University.
“I’m not sure what I will do, but I am going to keep playing poker as long as things go well,” McKeehen said.
“I enjoying math, I like to solve problems
“If not, I might get into statistics or something like that.”
At only twenty-one years of age McKeehen has already put together a very impressive poker resume.
He has over thirty cashes to his name as well as a victory in the $ 2,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Event at the 2012 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure.
McKeehen had a brief stint at the 2012 World Series of Poker and said he can’t wait to go back in 2013.
“When I went out to the World Series at the end of last year it wasn’t at all what I was expecting,” McKeehen said.
“It was much bigger than I envisioned and even more impressive.
“I can’t wait to get back, but first, my focus is going to be on the National Championship.”
Without a doubt McKeehen will now be on everybody’s radar heading into the World Series of Poker National Championship.
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