WSOP Circuit to Close Season Online in America

Canadian poker players and fans of all stripes have missed many poker opportunities thus far in 2020 and will miss more. The coronavirus pandemic shut down all casinos and poker rooms in the US, Canada, Europe, and most places around the world two months ago. Many of them have yet to reopen. And when they do, poker may be the last of the games to restart.

Players have also missed some of their favorite events and chances at lucrative tournaments and titles. Canadians generally attend the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas each summer in significant numbers, but that entire 101-event series – the 2020 WSOP – is now postponed until later in the year.

The WSOP did put some of its Circuit events online, which made them available to Canadians. But anyone who qualifies for the season-ending WSOP Global Poker Championship will now have to decide if they will travel to New Jersey or Nevada to play the event online this year.

Many decisions lie ahead. Let’s lay out what we know.

WSOP Circuit Season Finale Online

The WSOP usually doesn’t do a season finale, but everything changed this year.

So, starting next week, the WSOP will offer its WSOP Circuit Online Season Finale at It will consist of 12 official WSOP gold ring-awarding events, as follows:

  • Event 1 on June 3: $215 NLHE Kickoff ($100K GTD)
  • Event 2 on June 4: $320 NLHE ($100K GTD)
  • Event 3 on June 5: $250 NLHE Turbo Deepstack ($100K GTD)
  • Event 4 on June 6: $500 NLHE Big 500 ($150K GTD)
  • Event 5 on June 7: $525 NLHE Monster Stack ($200K GTD)
  • Event 6 on June 8: $320 NLHE Freezeout ($100K GTD)
  • Event 7 on June 9: $1K NLHE 6-Max High Roller ($150K GTD)
  • Event 8 on June 10: $215 NLHE ($100K GTD)
  • Event 9 on June 11: $320 NLHE ($100K GTD)
  • Event 10 on June 12: $320 NLHE Monster Stack ($100K GTD)
  • Event 11 on June 13: $320 NLHE Double Stack ($150K GTD)
  • Event 12 on June 14: $525 NLHE Main Event ($300K GTD)

The kicker is that players must be located in New Jersey or Nevada in the United States. Players can also compete from Delaware, but they cannot win seats to the Global Poker Championship.

The double-kicker is that the border between the US and Canada is still not open for casual travel.

WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship

Speaking of this event, it typically runs after the summer WSOP. This year, it had been scheduled to take place at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina in August.

Since there are no guarantees that poker tournaments will be up and running by August or September of this year, the WSOP is taking its Global Casino Championship online. It will, again, only be available on for players located in New Jersey and Nevada.

The tournament is a $1 million freeroll. All players who won a WSOP Circuit Main Event during the 2019-2020 season anywhere in the world also won a seat to the Global Casino Championship. All players who won the title of Casino Champion at any of those WSOPC stops also won seats.

In addition, the top 50 players on the WSOP Circuit events leaderboard will win seats. That list will be final after the aforementioned WSOP Circuit Online Finale in June. (It should be mentioned that every player who wins any gold ring event in that series will win a seat to the Global Casino Championship.)

What makes the Global Casino Championship even more enticing is that others can buy in. All players who won a WSOP Circuit ring in the 2019-2020 season but didn’t win a seat can buy in for $10K. And anyone who finished in the top 100 of the WSOP Player of the Year rankings can buy in for $10K. There is no rake and $1 million added to the prize pool, so many players choose to buy in if they are eligible to do so.

Trekking to the US

The Global Casino Championship is scheduled for on September 13. If the border is open by that time, Canadians who qualify for the tournament should be able to travel to Nevada or New Jersey and play online from there.

The WSOP Circuit’s international tour did stop in Canada once during the 2019-2020 season. It hosted its Circuit series from August 22 through September 2, 2019, at the Playground Poker Club. The winner of the $1,100 buy-in NLHE Main Event was Joe Pellegrino of Bradford, who won $300K and a seat into that Global Casino Championship. The Casino Champion title for that series was Tu Kham Tran.

There may be other winners from Canada, depending upon the results of the WSOP Online Super Circuit Series playing out on GGPoker. It was a chance for international players to get more Circuit action, and Canadians were allowed to play.

The entire series consisted of 595 tournaments, but there were only 18 that were actual WSOP Circuit ring-awarding events. Many of the tournaments will wrap up this weekend, including the Main Event.


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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