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Fifty anglers will compete for the $500,000 first place check, but if you ask them, the title means the most. The money will eventually be spent and gone, but the title will never go away.
The anglers qualify for the Classic in different ways; the defending champ gets the first spot. That would be Kevin VanDam. The next 36 make it by Angler of the Year points by earning them at all the Elite events during the year. The top two finishers in points from the Southern, Central and Northern Opens make up the next six spots.
Six anglers qualify through the Federation Nation Championships. The top angler in each division within the Federation Nation gets those opportunities. The last spot goes to the Weekend Series Champion and that makes up the 50 spots.