What is the ‘TOC’?
‘TOC’ stands for ‘Tournament of Champions’. It is a poker contest run by the World Series of Poker, and is officially known as the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions.
The event is open by invitation only, and the players are leading poker professionals who are eligible through their wins in WSOP events, and who are voted to play by the fans.
The World Series of Poker is the world’s leading poker tournament series, with the largest prizes and the best calibre of players. Many of the players rated highest on the Global Poker Index got their place on the list by winning WSOP events. In main series tournaments, players are free to request entry and can take part simply by registering and buying in. Players compete for cash prizes and also for the prestigious World Series of Poker bracelets, which are the contest’s preferred trophies for successful players.
Players who perform well in WSOP events and become champions of their particular game become eligible to take part in the TOC, or Tournament of Champions – a side contest in the World Series which is open by invitation only. The TOC is an all-star event with a limited number of places, and players must be asked to join in order to take part. Many of the players in the TOC are in the game because the fans voted for them, with a few additional places taken by outright winners or by the sponsor’s picks.
There is no fee to enter the contest itself, although there may well have been fees in the games preceding the TOC which lead to qualification. Prizes for the event usually exceed $1 million. The event has been running since 2004 and has taken place in Las Vegas each year since then. It is often streamed live for spectators to enjoy and broadcast on cable poker channels.