Welcome back players to Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The last time we were here for the Season 26 Championships in October, Bryan Elliott battled and took home the title over Slade Edmonds. We had over 800 players come here and had a great weekend.
Over the next 4 days, we will crown 3 winners. On Friday (Today), is the Ceresi Cup starting at 1pm, followed by the Battle of Champions at 4pm. The 3rd winner will be of Season 27 and will be crowned on Monday May 1st.
Hundreds of players will battle it out for the $36,000 prize pool and the 1st place prize of $10,000 or a $12,000 WSOP Main Event package that includes airfare, hotel accommodations and a ticket into the 2017 WSOP Main Event this summer in Las Vegas.
Saturday (Day 1A) players (Tournament of Champions) are playing based on how many wins (up to 7) during Season 27. Players will start anywhere from 20,000 to 32,000 in chips. All levels will be 30 minutes.
Sunday (Day 1B) players (Points Championship) were invited based on the top 15% in their REGION based on participation points for playing in daily events. Chip stacks will be 20,000 to 32,000 depending where they ended up. All levels will be 30 minutes.
The top 16 players from Saturday and Sunday plus 8 “Wild Cards” will advance to Day 2 on Monday, May 1st. Those “wild cards” are from the winner of the Ceresi Cup, Battle of Champions as well as the 6 Players of the Month. Here are the six Players of the Month who have already punched their ticket into Monday: Jim Gardner (March POTM), Tim Michaud (February POTM), Kelly O’Brien (January POTM), Basil Congro (December POTM), Jake Denehy (November POTM) and Jason Kuperschmid (October POTM).
All players returning on Monday will have a starting chip stack of 100,000. Some players might have a double stack of 200,000 if they advance from Day 1a AND Day 1b.
We will start our coverage today with the Ceresi Cup and Battle of Champions. We would like you, your friends and family to follow the updates here all weekend long. Our reporter/photographer, Christopher Sevick, is returning for his 4th season and will be here all weekend long to take pictures and updates so please introduce (or reintroduce) yourself to him.
There are many OPEN tournaments that Foxwoods offers this weekend. Nearly $34,000 was won by EPT players in the OPEN tournaments back in October! Let’s see if we can crack $40,000!
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Welcome back, have fun and Good Luck!