The upcoming World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) tournament will take place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The WSOP recently confirmed that the WSOPE stop has been made bigger than ever with the addition of four new events, providing a greater opportunity for players to win a highly-coveted gold bracelet.
Players can now take part in a new Super High Roller event with an entry fee of €250,000, offering nosebleed action on October 16.
The WSOPE has also added two new mixed games, one with a buy-in of €2,500, and another with an entry fee of €25,000. The two new mixed games events include the variations of Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, Razz, Omaha, and Triple Draw both guaranteeing €250,000 and €1,000,000, and taking place on October 17 & 21 respectively.
The last addition is a second Short Deck event with a buy-in of €2,500. It takes place on October 24, offering €250,000 in guarantees. A week before it, a higher buy-in €25,000 Short Deck event will also take place, with €2,500,000 up for grabs.
The new schedule has slanted away from the mostly no-limit hold’em festival, as only eight out of the 15 events are purely NLH.
As a result of the latest additions, players will now compete for a much bigger prize pool and will be able to make the best out of their trip to Rozvadov. WSOP Vice President Jack Effel said this would have not been made possible without the efforts of King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik and his team who partnered with the WSOP back in 2016.
This year’s WSOPE is a high-action poker affair running more than three weeks on October 13 to November 4. This is the first time that the festival is awarding 15 bracelets.
The festival kicks off with a €250 Opener No-Limit Hold’em, with €220,700 in total prize pool. Other formats featured in the schedule include Pot-Limit Omaha, Turbo Bounty, and PLO/NLH mix.
From October 28 to November 2, players can take part in not just one, but nine €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold’em events, each carrying €1,000,000 in guarantees.
Among the highlights of this year’s WSOPE are the high roller events which boast massive guarantees of at least €1,000,000. The new €250,000 Super High Roller alone offers €5,000,000 in total prize pool and while many would raise their eyebrows for this surprising addition, they can try to go over the past two editions of the WSOPE where the €100K events managed to attract a significant number of entries.
€5,000,000 in guarantees is also up for grabs at the €10,300 Main Event, which was won last year by Britain’s Jack Sinclair after outlasting a field of 534 players to take home more than €1 million as top prize.
The upcoming WSOPE at King’s Casino, Rozvadov will award a total of €22,472,250 to the winners. Those who are into smaller-stakes action can enter into events at the WSOP Circuit series which takes place on September 26-October 14, with 15 Circuit rings on offer.
WSOP Player of the Year Race
The addition of four new events to the WSOPE schedule means more chances for players to earn points for the Player of the Year leaderboard.
The controversial Chris Ferguson had a great run in the WSOPE in Rozvadov which led to him lifting the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year trophy. He managed to win his sixth bracelet in Europe in a PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better, in addition to finishing in the money in six more events. Ferguson also cashed in 17 events in Las Vegas on the same year in what had become a huge and successful comeback for the controversial poker pro.
Ferguson was among the most admired and respected poker pros during the poker boom, but his superstar status faded away when he became embroiled in the Full Tilt Poker scandal back in 2011. He was among four individuals accused of using hundreds of millions of customer’s money for their own interest. The site has since become insolvent. The case was dismissed, but the poker pro never issued an apology.
Robert Campbell, who captured two bracelets during the 50th edition of the WSOP is currently the frontrunner in the WSOP POY race. Shaun Deeb is in second place as he tries to defend the title. The rest of the Top 5 includes Daniel Negreanu, Dan Zack and Phil Hui, the winner of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.