One of the more intriguing tournaments of the year is the season-ending World Series of Poker Circuit Series National Championship. The WSOPC National Championship is an exclusive tournament, open to the winners of circuit series Main events as well as other qualifiers based on points earned during the WSOPC season, and last year the National Championship was opened-up to specific players who must buy-in for $10,000 if they want to compete –the Top 100 players on the WSOP POY eligible leader-board which can be found here: http://www.wsop.com/2012/circuit/national-championship-qualifiers.asp.
Considering the event is a $1,000,000 freeroll every player eligible makes the trip to the event, and with a field full of “second-tier” players the tournament is somewhat attractive to the 100 players eligible to buy-in to the tournament.
As a new tournament (the WSOPC National Championship was introduced in 2011) as well as one of the few tournaments that have strict eligibility requirements the event has undergone some serious changes in its short life, both to the structure and to where and when the tournament takes place. In 2012 the National Championship took place at the World Series of Poker, and was one of the last tournaments before the WSOP Main Event: Ryan Eriquezzo won the event, beating the field of 157 players. In 2011 the WSOPC National Championship took place just before the World Series of Poker tournament series in Las Vegas: Sam Barnhart won the tournament, defeating the 100 player field –in 2011 the WSOPC National Championship didn’t allow other players to buy into the tournament.
This year the WSOPC National Championship will be played away from Las Vegas and the World Series of Poker, taking place at the Harrah’s New Orleans from May 22-24, 2013; still just before the WSOP tournament series kicks-off in Las Vegas but quite far away for any of the 100 eligible players who may be thinking about participating in the WSOPC National Championship.
Last year all of the big names were already in Las Vegas gearing up for the WSOP Main Event, so the chance to enter a $10k tournament a few days before was very appealing, and in fact 57 of the 100 eligible players entered the tournament. With this year’s tournament taking place thousands of miles away, before the WSOP is in full swing, it’s unlikely the tournament will attract anywhere near the 57 extra entries they pulled-in in 2012.
There are a total of 100 spots in the $1,000,000 freeroll: Players who are given automatic entries into the tournament include the Main E vent champion at each WSOP Circuit Series stop, as well as the Player of the Series (or Casino Champion as the WSOPC calls them). The remainder of the spots will be filled by the top players on the WSOPC Player of the Year standings that are not already eligible. Download for free our latest Titan Poker software here.
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