While most poker players are making their plans for the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this summer, some are already looking ahead and overseas to the World Series of Poker Europe coming up in September.
Harrah’s recently released the schedule for the third annual event which consists of four bracelet tournaments, including the prestigious WSOPE Main Event. The Empire Casino in London will once again play host to the event from September 17th through October 1st.
World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack expressed his excitement over the upcoming event, saying:
“The World Series of Poker Europe has quickly established itself as the most prestigious tournament outside the United States. Winning a gold bracelet is recognized globally as the top prize in the sport and we look forward to awarding four more bracelets in 2009 at the Casino at the Empire in London.”
While the event will remain by and large the same as last year, there are a few minor changes in place. The buy-in of the opening No Limit Hold’em event has been lowered from £1,500 to £1,000 and last year’s HORSE event has been replaced with a 1/2 Pot Limit Omaha 1/2 Hold’em event with a £2,500 buy-in. The Main Event begins on Saturday, September 26th with the first of two Day Ones and play will continue for five days until a champion is crowned on October 1st.
Harrah’s also revealed that this year’s WSOPE will once again be filmed and broadcast on ESPN. The network has committed to airing ten hours of taped tournament footage for poker fans within the United States. Additionally, coverage of the event will be broadcast live on ESPN360.com. For those in areas where ESPN does not broadcast, Harrah’s will be distributing coverage of the event to other television stations like Channel 4 in Britain.
The event will once again be sponsored by Betfair Poker. The online poker site will be offering a “Free Million Dollar Game” promotion in tandem with the WSOPE where players will compete online at Betfair to win one of eighteen spots in a live freeroll tournament during the Series with a $1 million cash prize.
One of Betfair’s sponsored pros, Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad won the inaugural Main Event of the WSOPE back in 2007, earning her the title of youngest bracelet winner ever at only 18 years of age. Last year’s Main Event champion was popular poker pro John Juanda who netted just over $1.5 million by outlasting an international field of 362 players. His win last fall earned the 37-year old his fourth WSOP bracelet.
For those interested in planning ahead for this year’s WSOPE, Harrah’s will be offering pre-registration for the event at the cage of this summer’s WSOP in Vegas. In addition to signing up for events, players can also lock in special rates at hotels near the Empire Casino in Leicester Square. If you are not going to make it to the WSOP this summer, you can also pre-register online at wwww.worldseriesofpoker.com.
The complete schedule for the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe is as follows:
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009
Event #1 – £1,000 + £60 – No-Limit Hold’em Day 1A (3-day event/2 start days)
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009
Event #1 – £1,000 + £60 – No-Limit Hold’em Day 1B
Monday, Sept. 21, 2009
Event #2 – £2,500 + £150 – Pot Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha (3-day event)
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
Event #3 – £5,000 + £250 – Pot Limit Omaha (3-day event)
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009
Event #4 – £10,000 + £350 – World Championship No-Limit Hold’em Day 1A (5-day event/2 start days) “Main Event”
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009
Event #4 – £10,000 + £350 – World Championship No-Limit Hold’em Day 1B “Main Event”