The 2023 WSOP is nearly upon us, and thousands of excited poker players will soon descend upon the Las Vegas Strip to compete in the 54th edition of poker’s richest tournament series.
The pinnacle series kicks off next Tuesday and will stretch over 50 days, culminating in the most-anticipated event of the year, the $10K buy-in Main Event.
While all the focus is on the WSOP Main Event, let’s not forget the special event that brings all the winners of the signature WSOP events together in a tournament called the “Tournament of Champions.”
The Tournament of Champions (TOC) is an invitation-only $1 million freeroll tournament that is open to the champions from the past or ongoing WSOP Circuit season. All those who win gold rings from either live or online circuit events and online or live bracelet winners, including during the WSOP Europe, become eligible for this special event.
In 2022, the event was held at the end of the series. This year, the TOC takes place in the opening week of the live series, kicking off on Wednesday, May 31, and spanning three days.
The tournament is free-to-enter but only available to those that have won a gold ring or bracelet from the 2022-2023 WSOP Circuit season. Despite being a freeroll, the winner of this signature event receives a coveted gold bracelet on top of the first-place prize.
Thus far, 960 players have qualified for the WSOP 2023 Tournament of Champions, competing for a prize pool of $1 million. This means that every player enters the tournament with an EV of over $1000.
With nearly 1000 players eligible for the glory event, it is the WSOP's largest $1 million freeroll tournament ever hosted.
Last year, the tournament was available exclusively to 570 players — of which 470 registered and took part in the freeroll. Ultimately, Benjamin Kaupp from Pennsylvania took down the event to take home $250,000 and his first bracelet. Kaupp qualified for the TOC after winning a $215 buy-in WSOP PA Online Circuit event for nearly $15,000.
Breakdown of the WSOP 2023 Tournament of Champions Qualifiers
For those interested in knowing the breakdown of the qualifiers, such as how they won their way and through which path, we have got you covered.
Of 960 players that have won a seat at the TOC event, 495 were awarded through live WSOP Circuit events, and another 15 during last year’s WSOP Europe festival. The WSOP Circuit events were held both domestically for US players as well as for international players.
|Event||No. of Qualifiers|
343 players won their way through more than a dozen WSOP US Circuits held throughout the year. The Cherokee Circuit at Harrah’s in North Carolina, in particular, has been the most favored, with 62 of them qualifying through this path. The Choctaw Durant has been the second most popular, with 43 players qualifying, followed by the Grand Victoria Circuit in Chicago, Illinois qualifying 29 players.
WSOP 2023 Tournament of Champions Live Qualifiers
|Venue||No. of Qualifiers||Type of WSOP Circuit|
|Bicycle Casino||25||US Circuit|
|Choctaw Durant||43||US Circuit|
|Council Bluffs||14||US Circuit|
|Grand Victoria||29||US Circuit|
|Isle of Capri||13||US Circuit|
|King’s Casino||22||International Circuit|
|Lake Tahoe||15||US Circuit|
|Las Vegas||17||US Circuit|
|St. Maarten||9||International Circuit|
|Star Sydney||11||International Circuit|
|Thunder Valley||25||US Circuit|
|Turning Stone||16||US Circuit|
|Unique Hotel Brazil||11||International Circuit|
|WSOP Europe||15||WSOP Europe|
The remaining 450 players are comprised of online qualifiers. The WSOP.com US network spanning four states has sent 337 players, while WSOP’s exclusive international partner GGPoker has added 82 players to the tally, and GGPoker Ontario has sent another 31.
WSOP 2023 Tournament of Champions Online Qualifiers
|Path||No. of Qualifiers||Percentage|
|WSOP NJ & NV||140||31.11%|
|WSOP USA (NJ+NV+MI+PA)||337||74.89%|
|GGPoker Ontario (Previously WSOP.ca)||31||6.89%|
|GGPoker Dot-Com + Ontario||113||25.11%|
The WSOP NJ/NV shared network has awarded 140 players a seat to the TOC, while 103 players won their seats on the ring-fenced WSOP PA platform, while 94 on WSOP MI — also operating under a segregated network.
|Platform||No. of Qualifiers|
|WSOP US Network||337|
|GGPoker Dot-Com Network||82|