If you’re anything like us, you’ll have had your eyes firmly glued to the action of the World Series of Poker Global Casino Championship. This isn’t just any typical poker competition – there are 26 stops in the US alone and 17 international circuit stops, with players winning big every night of the competition. Let’s take a look at what’s taken place so far…
Championship route and winners
The action kicked off back on August 2nd at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina with a four-day $365 No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Flight, which offered four starting flights and a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000. Local crowds rejoiced as North Carolina local, Bradley Mercer, took home healthy winnings of $121,495. Mark Merritt and Abraham Kahsay from neighbouring Georgia took home $75,103 and $57,585 respectively. Overall, 290 players cashed in the competition.
The circuit rounded up August in Connecticut, before heading back down south for September, first to Mississippi, to Thunder Valley in California, to Hollywood Florida and Louisville Southern Indiana. Big winners in Mississippi were Dustin Stewart from Biloxi who took home $40,000 in Event #1 $365 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry, and Richard Radford from Douglasville take home in Event #8 in the $365 No-Limit Hold-em Monster Stack event. Kyle Cartwright was the biggest winner in the Magnolia State, taking home $118,332 in the Main Event.
Into October the action of the Global Circuit hit Horseshoe Hammond in Chicago and Harveys in Lake Tahoe. In Chicago the $1,675 Main Event, with its £1milllion guaranteed prize pool produced some real winners! Blake Battaglia secured first place with a whopping win of $332,020. He was followed by Jeff Banghart, Royce Matheson and James VanZant, who took home $205,755, $151,005 and $114,101 respectively.
At the start of November, the poker action moved to Oklahoma, Las Vegas and back to North Carolina. In Oklahoma Trung Pham won $105,550 in event #2 of the competition, the $365 No-Limit Hold’em. Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas watched on as Fernando Galvan secured $247,160 in the Main Event, followed by Corey Hochman in second place with $152,734. The action in North Carolina is underway at time of writing, and there are some sizeable prize pools still to play for. The four-day Main Event, with its guaranteed prize pool of , kicks off on Friday December 1.