World Series Of Poker Returning To Harrah’s Cherokee

Starting in May, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) will continue on its circuit to crown an eventual winner. Coming up on the schedule for the WSOP will be 12 days of events at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina.

This stop is late into the circuit. The WSOP began in late July of 2022 at Choctaw Durant in Oklahoma and will finish in late May of this year at Caesars Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana.

From Thursday, May 4, until Monday, May 15, the WSOP will call the city of Cherokee home and the poker room at Harrah’s Casino its place of work. Hundreds, potentially thousands, of amateur and professional gamblers will converge with hopes of winning large prize pools and continuing their gambling careers.

Since poker is one of the most popular North Carolina casino games, the tournament should attract plenty of attention.

So, what events will transpire? Which games will be played, and when will they take place? What are the prize pools? Let’s dive into all of the details of this major North Carolina poker tournament.

Harrah’s Cherokee World Series Of Poker tournament details

There is a wide range when it comes to buy-in amounts for the WSOP events at Harrah’s Cherokee. At the lowest, the buy-in for participating is $250 for the women and senior stages. The highest buy-in will be $2,200 for the Main Event. Most buy-in amounts are between $400 and $600.

The Harrah’s Cherokee stage of the WSOP will feature different variations of Texas Hold ‘Em, including many No-Limit Hold ‘Em stages and No-Limit Hold ‘Em Monster Stack events. In addition, Harrah’s Cherokee will also host Pot-limit Omaha as well as both women’s and senior tournaments.

Prize pool amounts will vary depending on the event, and many of the prize pools are aggregated into further stages. Some have been accumulated over the entire WSOP season so many of these are simply a piece of the larger pie.

Still, a lot of money is at stake even if this is only a portion of players’ totals. The grand prize for the World Series of Poker is $1.5 million, but there are also prize pools as low as $10,000.

Back in February, there were 1,703 entries at Harrah’s Cherokee to participate in the circuit event. The total prize pool was $2.3 million, and the top prize from that individual stage was just short of $400,000, totaling $393,753. This time, those numbers could climb even higher.

WSOP tournament schedule of events at Harrah’s Cherokee

This stop on the WSOP Circuit will take place over 12 days. There will be a total of 24 events as follows.

The first three days will be mostly filled with a few different Texas Hold ‘Em events

  • Day 1: Features a one-day No-Limit Big 30k Stack event before the first flight, Flight A, of the No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em event.
  • Days 2 and 3: Feature No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Flight B, Flight C and Flight D.
  • The last event of Day 3 is a one-day No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament.

The following three days have a more diverse set of events

  • Day 4: Begins with a one-day Seniors Event before finishing the day with the first leg of the $1,100 No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament.
  • Day 5: One-day No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em 6-Handed Event followed by another one-day No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em event.
  • Day 6: The first day of the two-day No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Monster Stack Flight A event. And the first of two days of the Pot-Limit Omaha tournament.

The last six days are stacked with all sorts of Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments

  • May 10: No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Monster Stack Flight B.
  • May 11: Flight A of the Main Event and another one-day No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em event.
  • May 12: Ladies Event, Flight B of the Main Event, and another one-day No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em event.
  • May 13: Flight C of the Main Event and the last straight-up No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament.
  • May 14: Final Seniors Event, a No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em High Roller Event with a $2,200 buy-in. And a No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Turbo Event.

Things end on May 15 with the No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Last Chance Big 30k tournament.

Where the WSOP circuit stands entering North Carolina poker tournaments

By the time WSOP makes its way to Harrah’s Cherokee, 24 previous stops on the World Series of Poker circuit will have already been completed.

There is still one more tournament before the stop at Harrah’s Cherokee. That will be at Horseshoe Casino Tunica at the Tunica Resorts in Mississippi.

That leaves just two stops remaining on the WSOP circuit – as of right now. And that is the stop at Harrah’ Cherokee and the final stop at Caesars Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana.

Photo by: John Locher, File / AP Photo

About the Author

T.J. McBride

T.J. McBride is a writer and reporter based in Denver who covers the Nuggets as a beat writer. He regularly contributes to NC Sharp on issues surrounding the online gambling market. His byline can be seen at ESPN, FiveThirtyEight, Bleacher Report and others.