LAS VEGAS – June 17, 2019 – The WSOP International Circuit gets underway next month in Sochi, Russia (July 19-28) with a total of nine events on tap before the end of the year. Additional stops for the 2020 portion of the calendar will be announced in the future.
For the first time ever, Mexico joins the Circuit, with a planned stop from October 11-21, 2019 at the Cintermex Convention Center in Monterrey, Mexico, just a two hour drive from Texas with a dozen U.S. airports providing direct flights into Monterrey.
Like the U.S. domestic circuit, the International track will feature two qualifiers per stop for the WSOP Global Casino Championship. A Main Event winner and the Casino Champion will each win automatic entry into the season-culminating event, in addition to the gold WSOP Circuit ring and prize money from that event. The International and U.S. tours collide in the season-culminating Global Casino Championship in the summer of 2020 at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. There are no “at-large” qualifications on the International stops, and the International portion is expected to contribute around 36 qualifiers to the Global Casino Championship.
International stop players have two ways to qualify for the 2019-20 Global Casino Championship (1.) win a Circuit Main Event (2.) win a “Casino Championship,” which is defined as the player at each stop who accumulates the most points throughout the gold ring schedule at the international stop. Each of these players will receive a “free roll” seat into the culminating event and be combined with the U.S. Domestic circuit qualifiers, which includes 50 at large point qualifiers, plus the 70 qualifiers that garner a seat via automatic qualification methods.
“Our partner casinos have done a terrific job bringing the WSOP brand and experience to their properties,” said WSOP Director Gregory Chochon, who leads the WSOP’s international efforts. “The WSOP International Circuit continues to grow internationally with more demand from additional properties to host these prestigious events.”