The WSOP Global Casino Championship is getting underway today, September 13, after the company confirmed on Friday that the event will be held online and on Sunday. The World Series of Poker is playing a host to the Global Casino Championship, which is definitely an important event on the poker calendar.
With over $1 million in freerolls available, players from New Jersey and Nevada, as well as visitors to those states, will have a chance to compete for some pretty substantial prize pools starting today.
While normally, a circuit event runs from August through May, this year’s scheduled had to be jostled up a bit, as the Global Casino Championship was not confirmed until very late in the year.
The GCC reunites the top 50 players who managed to make it through the circuit and collect the most points on the leaderboards. There are more players who qualify through other events, as well. This year, we should have been at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in North Carolina, but the event had to switch to an online format instead.
The good news is that the event is still open to players who haven’t made the Top 50 Leaderboard. Anyone who has won a gold ring in any of the WSOP Circuit events this season, both domestic and international, can pay a $10,000 buy-in and turn up at the GCC.
The prize pool is set at $1 million, but additional buy-ins will also count towards the prize pool making for a great overall event.
A Few Changes in the Works for 2020
While many things happened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GCC will take place after all. Players will once again get stipends to travel to New Jersey and Nevada which are the only two states where you can participate legally in an online WSOP.com event.
Unfortunately for the event’s prospects, many international players won’t be able to enter the country as travel restriction and quarantine checks are still heavily in place. With the United States’ busy air traffic and transitions, the country has seen a meteoric rise in the number of infected cases.
Another thing to note is that many of the planned WSOP Circuit challenges had to be postponed at the end of the 2019/2020 season due to the complete shutdown of casinos in the entire country. Some events were transferred to GGPoker, which is now the new official partner for the World Series of Poker.