Philadelphia-area poker pros Jamie Kerstetter and Amanda Musumeci are both chasing freeroll seats in the $1 million World Series of Poker National Championship.
The field for the national championship, being held on July 6 at the Rio in Las Vegas, will include 100 free seats with 66 of those seats going to the top 66 points-earners in WSOP Circuit events. Players who qualify to be invited into the tournament but who do not earn free seats are required to pay a $10,000 buy-in. The national championship is being held just before the WSOP Main Event, and will be a bracelet event.
So far, both Kerstetter, of Bensalem, and Musumeci, of Northeast Philadelphia, are among the top 66 qualifiers and they’re chasing more points at a WSOP Circuit event at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs in Iowa.
At that Council Bluffs tournament, Kerstetter has two cashes so far — a fourth-place finish for more than $13,000 in a $1,080 buy-in no-limit hold’em event and a 17th-place finish for $695 in a $350 buy-in no-limit hold’em event.
Musumeci has a seventh-place finish for almost $2,000 in the same $350 buy-in tournament. Those cashes earned both women points on the leaderboard.
The Iowa WSOP Circuit series continues through April 10. There are three more tournaments on the Circuit schedule, which ends in May. Next is Harrah’s St. Louis, then Harrah’s Chester and the final one is at Harrah’s New Orleans.
Photo: Jamie Kerstetter (left), Amanda Musumeci (right). Kerstetter Facebook.