Since 2013, Harrah’s Cherokee has been a popular World Series of Poker Circuit stop. Most recently, North Carolina passed legislation allowing sports betting in the two Cherokee casinos.
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The World Series of Poker (WSOP) released the schedule for the thirteenth season of the World Series of Poker Circuit Tuesday, a schedule which features 22 tour stops in the United States plus six more international stops.
The centerpiece of the schedule appears to be Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. The WSOP Circuit season begins August 4, 2016 at Harrah’s Cherokee at the same time the 2015-2016 concludes there with the WSOP Global Casino Championship. Harrah’s Cherokee also gets two more tour stops during the 2016-2017 season, one in the middle of the season and one near the end.
- While the 2020-2021 season has yet to be announced, one of the stops will be at the Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina, the same location as in past years. That series will start on August 6 and run through August 17, featuring a $1,700 WSOP Circuit Main Event.
- (Harrah’s Cherokee photo) The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Event at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is the first major poker tournament ever held in North Carolina and it is setting.
Two new tour stops have made the schedule: Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in February 2017 and Hard Rock Tulsa in March 2017. IP in Biloxi, Mississippi isn’t quite a “new” Circuit stop, but it was off the schedule last year, so let’s count it.
As usual, every tour stop will consist of a number of $365 buy-in ring events and a $1,675 Main Event. The winners of each Circuit Main Event will automatically qualify for the season-ending Global Casino Championship. In addition, the players who earn the most points across the dozen ring events at single tour stop will be named Casino Champions and also earn entry into the Global Casino Championship. Finally, the top 50 points earners over the entire season that didn’t already gain automatic entry punch their ticket into the season finale. Players can also qualify by winning a ring event or being one of the top 100 ranked players in the previous year’s WSOP Player of the Year standings, but they must pay the $10,000 buy-in. The other automatic qualifiers get to freeroll.
2016-2017 World Series of Poker Circuit United States Tour Schedule
August 4-16, 2016 – Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
August 18-29, 2016 – Foxwoods Resorts (Connecticut)
August 25 – September 5, 2016 – Planet Hollywood (Las Vegas Strip)
September 8-19, 2016 – IP (Biloxi, Mississippi)
September 29 – October 10, 2016 – Horseshoe S. Indiana (Louisville)
October 13-24, 2016 – Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago)
October 27 – November 7, 2016 – Harveys Lake Tahoe (Nevada)
November 10-21, 2016 – Palm Beach Kennel Club (Florida)
November 24 – December 5, 2016 – Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
December 1-12, 2016 – The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles)
January 5-16, 2017 – Choctaw Durant (Dallas/Oklahoma)
January 19-30, 2017 – Horseshoe Tunica (Mississippi)
February 2-13, 2017 – Potawatomi (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
February 9-20, 2017 – Palm Beach Kennel Club (Florida)
February 23 – March 6, 2017 – Bally’s Las Vegas
March 4-15, 2017 – The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles)
March 9-20, 2017 – Harrah’s Atlantic City (New Jersey)
March 16-27, 2017 – Hard Rock (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
March 30 – April 10, 2017 – Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Omaha/Iowa)
April 13-24, 2017 – Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
April 27 – May 8, 2017 – Horseshoe Baltimore (Maryland)
May 11-22, 2017 – Harrah’s New Orleans (Louisiana)
TBD – WSOP Global Casino Championship
2016-2017 World Series of Poker Circuit International Tour Schedule
September 8-20 – Casino Campione (Campione, Italy)
September 29 – October 9 – Spielbank Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
October 27 – November 14 – King’s Casino (Rozvadov, Czech Republic)
November 3-16 – Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino (St. Maarten, Caribbean)
November 11-27 – Cercle Clichy Montmartre (Paris, France)
December 2-11 – Enjoy Conrad Punta del Este (Punta del Este, Uruguay)
By Carol Antman for Island Eye News
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort’s stunning architecture.
In 1813, the brave Cherokee leader Junaluska became a hero. He regretted it forever. Over a hundred Native Americans were recruited by him to join Andrew Jackson’s fight against the Creek Indians. Junaluska swam across the Tallapoosa River, took the Creek’s canoes and helped win the battle. Then he made the fateful move that sealed his people’s future. He saved Andrew Jackson’s life.
Jerry Wolfe, Cherokee Nation’s “Most Beloved Man” next to a statue of himself as a younger man.
“If I had known that Jackson would drive us from our homes, I would have killed him that day…” he later said. By then he’d survived the Trail of Tears, a 2,200 forced march from North Carolina to Oklahoma and two escapes that finally ended when he walked all the way home. His lineage continues near Cherokee, N.C., a 5 hour drive from Charleston, where many geographic places bear his name. His great-great grand daughter-inlaw is Faye Junaluska who perpetuates the Cherokee culture through her work as a weaver, teacher, elected leader and interpreter. Her first language was Sequoyah. Surrounded by beautiful displays at the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual in Cherokee, NC she told me the story of her childhood. She and her siblings learned the Cherokee craft of basket weaving from their grandmother Lydia Squirrel.
“You have to go into the woods, find your tree,” she explained. “It must be a white oak, walnut, blood root or yellow root tree about ten to twelve years old. You have to take the whole tree down, split the trunk, quarter it into sections, split it into strips, scrape it and dye it using the leaves, roots and bark.” It’s hard, frustrating work. “Making baskets with grandma, I threw many across the floor,” she remembered.
Cherokee art from Harrah’s extensive collection.
Now her blistered, calloused hands work competently. The shelves of the art center contain a multitude of authentic, museum quality creations that provide an antidote to the world of anonymous, disposable souvenirs.
At the Cherokee Museum nearby, I was greeted by the striking appearance of Jerry Wolfe. His long grey braid, cowboy hat, weathered face and beaded bolo necktie attracted me. In 2013 he was named the Cherokee nation’s “Most Beloved Man.”
Play blackjack tournament online free. A Cherokee basket pattern.
It was the first time since 1801 that the title had been bestowed. He was recognized by museum archivist Bo Taylor who said, “Jerry embodies everything a beloved man should embody. He’s a veteran, a warrior. Being a veteran carries a lot of weight in our culture. He’s a man who gets out and does–and he does for others. He’s selfless.”
“You might call me an active man,” Jerry demurred. I followed him to the museum’s centerpiece, a life-size statue of a young, muscular warrior in ceremonial dress wearing an antlered helmet and loincloth and holding aloft a burning ember. “That’s me,” Jerry said. His body was cast by the artist decades ago. He stood beside his younger version for a photo, a telescope of history. Interactive displays tell the story of the Cherokees from 12,000 years ago to the present by combining computer generated imagery, special effects, and audio with an extensive artifact collection.
It’s done so well that Van Romans of Walt Disney Imagineering said “The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is revolutionary in its ability to tell stories and should be a model to other museums that are struggling to engage their audience in their message.”
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I spent the night at the incongruous Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort where Ahinawake Littledave showed me around the massive 21-story building.
“There are many things to do here,” she said pointing out a state-of-the-art 3,000 seat performance hall being set up for Jay Leno, the miles of gaming tables, clanging slot machines, sedate poker rooms, various table games and ten on-site food and restaurant choices. As a full service resort, the property features a spa, shops, live entertainment and swimming pools. Ms. Littledave touted the various ways that the resort helps the community by using it as a training ground for tribal members aspiring to become managers and the twice yearly profit sharing checks that all Cherokees receive as well as scholarship, educational and health funds. An extensive collection of Cherokee art adorns the building. A rooftop garden spills into seven waterfalls representing the seven clans. Since the casino opened in 1997, “It’s a different way of life,” she noted. The occupancy rate runs about 95 percent, drawing people from all over the Southeast hoping to win big jackpots like the $200,000 winner Ms. Littledave saw or to qualify for the World Poker Tour.
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Whether you win jackpots or not, the enrichment from stopping here is invaluable. Despite the tragic and moving history, Cherokee wisdom and humor seem to endure as in this adage: “When the white man discovered this country, Indians were running it. No taxes, no debt, women did all the work. White man thought he could improve on a system like this.” Cherokee, North Carolina has lots of stories to tell.