Days after the end of the WSOP, the 2019-2020 World Series of Poker Circuit is also complete after the WSOP Global Casino Championship was held the first time online on WSOP.com, which players could access from either Nevada or New Jersey.
The event had been moved online this spring in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely limited the ability to play live tournament poker.
A new WSOP Global Casino Champion
The Global Casino Championship got underway on Sunday and after 11 hours of play, AJ Kelsall was the winner, finishing on top to win a $275,632 first-place prize and his first gold bracelet after a field of 130 accomplished players.
Players qualified for the event by winning a WSOP Circuit Main event or finishing as a “Casino Champ,” who was determined to be the best player in a given WSOP Circuit stop. Alternatively, players qualified by finishing in the top 50 in the WSOP Circuit leaderboard.
Players also had the option of buying into the tournament for $10,000 if they had finished in the top 100 of the WSOP Player of the Year race.
Kelsall earned his entry as an “at-large qualifier” after finishing 4th on the leaderboard with 30 cashes. Kelsall also won two WSOP Circuit rings, adding to his victory from 2015. Before winning the tournament, Kesall had accumulated $1 million in lifetime WSOP winnings, which account for a large portion of his $1.7 million in live tournament winnings.
Notable players cashing in the event included Daniel Negreanu (9th – $26,643), Mike Matusow (10th – $22,898) and Brian Altman (16th – $17.869). Poker fans can watch Matusow’s deep run in the tournament below:
Ryan Eriquezzo was the defending champion of the event, taking home the bracelet and a $279,431 first-place prize last August. Eniquezzo also won in 2012. Other notable winners of the event, which has run since 2011 include Warran Sheaves, Sean Yu, Said El Yousfi, Loni Harwood, Dominik Nitsche, Jonathan Hilton and Sam Barnhart.
What’s next for the WSOP Circuit?
The 2020-2021 WSOP Cirucit schedule would normally be well underway but due to COVID-19, live tournament poker is at a virtual standstill. The occasional tournament is being held but poker rooms that are open are focusing on cash games at the moment.
As a result, the WSOP Circuit is currently on hold for the moment with no dates yet revealed for the next season. If live tournament continues to be difficult, it’s quite possible WSOP Circuit events could be moved online.