The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe of 2013 will be held in a historic venue—the oldest land casino in France. On Monday, WSOPE officials announced that the seventh edition of this annual event is scheduled to be held from Oct 11 to Oct 24 in Casino Barriere d’Enghien-les-Bains, which is located in front of a lake in Paris.
The casino, which has been heavily renovated recently, has a large convention facility, which makes it an ideal venue for the WSOPE. It also includes a theatre with the capacity to accommodate 500 spectators, which will be used to host televised final tables. Besides, two hotels form part of the facility.
Ty Stewart, executive director of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), stated: “Part of our vision for WSOP Europe is to mix poker and pleasure, and introduce players to some of the most exciting destinations in Europe.”
The WSOPE 2013 events schedule is yet to be finalized, but it is widely believed that the schedule will include seven WSOP bracelet events, a high rollers’ event, and a wide range of cash games, satellites, and side events. A No Limit Hold’em Main Event with a €10,000 entry fee will mark the end of the event.
The last two editions of the WSOPE were held at Cannes in France. The WSOPE was held in London from 2007 and 2010. When Phil Hellmuth Jr. won the Main Event of WSOPE 2012, he set a record by winning his thirteenth WSOP gold bracelet.
WSOPE officials hope that the Parisian location will attract a larger field of players. Enghien-les-Bains is one of the wealthiest of Parisian suburbs with a railway station that is located just 10 minutes from the Gare du Nord or the North Station.
Stewart said: “Barriere’s facilities in Enghien are amazing. And there are likely 12 million Parisians all trying to make sure “Phillipe” Hellmuth doesn’t win another bracelet on French soil. With our ideal dates scheduled to avoid conflicts for travelling players, expanded TV coverage and qualifiers planned, we expect to be back in record-setting mode in 2013.”
Regarding the venue of WSOPE 2014, Seth Palanksy, vice president (corporate communications) for WSOP, said “We’ll always be open to doing what is best to maximize prize pools for the event. So, we’re optimistic that the Paris locale will be a multi-year favourable solution, but will review it after Year 1 in Paris and remain open-minded.”