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Other big names like Maurice Hawkins, Daniel Lowery and Oklahoma’s own Will Berry, the returning champion, are expected to take part in the tournament. Berry, from

Now in its eighth year, the WSOP circuit culminates at the Global Casino Championship ( formerly the national championship). The GCC is an exclusive, invitation-only event with a minimum prize pool of $1 million. At each stop on the circuit, which includes the Tulsa event, the main event winner earns a free seat to the GCC. The player with the most points in

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Anyone who has never visited Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa will be blown away by what is arguably one of the best poker rooms in the area. The

This year’s circuit event has buyins ranging from $65 at the low end to $2,200. Anyone bringing money to the table is welcome to join for a chance at that championship take home, as well as all the other chances to win.

the 12 official open-ring events during each circuit stop also earns a seat. They’ll join the top 50 players and other qualifiers on the season-long leader board. In addition, another 100 players from the 2017 WSOP player-ofthe-year race each have the right to buy in to the GCC for $10,000. Any ring winner from the 2017-2018 season also has that right.

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“Last year we created a players' lounge, close to the tournament area,” says Long, “where players could sit and relax between playing. They can order drinks and food and watch the ongoing action through live television feeds on big projector screens.”

Norman, Okla., is one of the WSOP circuit’s fastest rising stars. Seeing him sitting at this year’s final table would be no surprise.

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The tournament’s director for this WSOP circuit event has little doubt it will be another tremendous event because Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is ready to provide entrants with little perks they may not be expecting.

room is non-smoking. Sixteen televisions, three of which are a whopping 80 inches of HD goodness, are mounted for perfect views. Fourteen fantastic tables strategically placed around the room make it a spacious experience, which any card player will attest is quite comfortable, because bystanders don’t have to invade anyone’s personal space as they play. Considering that poker players can potentially sit for hours and hours, Long says that little things like the complimentary bottles of water, unlimited snacks and being able to charge personal devices are important elements.

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first impression, and it showed during the tournament.”

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