Sean Yu has won the final event of this year’s WSOP Circuit and the last bracelet to be awarded within the US this year. Montreal’s Playground Poker will once again host the World Cup of Cards. Quasi-legal live poker rooms have been popping up in Texas. And more.

A Bracelet’s Worth 100 Rings – Yu

After Sean Yu won the WSOP Global Casino Championship on Thursday, he told tournament reporters that it felt 100 times better than a win on the regular circuit. The bracelet he got for his achievement (along with $296,341 in cash) is the last one which will be awarded in the US this year, though there is still the WSOP Europe coming up in November.

The Global Casino Championship marks the end of the WSOP Circuit season, and is provided as a freeroll for all ring-winners from the season. The top 100 from the previous year’s WSOP Player of the Year and the previous season’s ring winners are also invited, but have to pay a $10,000 entry fee to participate.

Naturally, the invitational format makes for a tough field, and Sean Yu’s final table opponents included the likes of Dylan Linde and Jason Mercier.

Quick Hitters

– Following a successful first run last year, the “World Cup of Cards” is back at Montreal’s Playground Poker Club, starting today. It consists of 36 events, including many novelty formats, and features over $6 million in guarantees.

– As someone instrumental in uncovering and reporting on wrongdoings of the pre-Black Friday era, Haley Hintze at FlushDraw has some thoughts about Phil Hellmuth’s decision to tuck his involvement with the notorious UltimateBet away in an appendix of his “Poker Brat” autobiography.

– Steve Ruddock reports that live poker rooms have begun popping up in Texas, hoping to exploit a loophole in the wording of the state’s ban on gambling establishments.