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World Series of Poker Europe Returns to Czech Republic in 2019

WSOPE 2019
King's Resort

For the third straight year the World Series of Poker Europe will take place at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

Organizers released finalized dates for the prestigious tournament series this week with an estimated 10 gold-bracelet events scheduled to run from October 15 to November 4, 2019.

The WSOPE is currently the only other tournament series in the world that awards World Series of Poker gold bracelets and offers Europeans a chance to win the vaunted trophies without leaving their continent.

Prior to WSOPE, however, is the much larger 50th Anniversary WSOP in Las Vegas. The 49-day series is set to award millions with special events such as the rake-free $500 buy-in Big 50 to kick things off.

WSOPE Main Event Scheduled for Oct. 25-30

The crown jewel of the European series remains the €10,000 Main Event and this year is no exception.

The WSOPE Main Event will run Oct. 25-30 with a prize pool expected to total in the millions. Organizers estimate they will run approximately 10 gold-bracelet events at this year’s WSOPE, including the Main Event.

This is the third year that the WSOPE has been held at King’s Resort in Rozvadov but the venue underwent a massive upgrade in the summer of 2017 that added over 1,800 square metres of casino space.

Located in the Czech Republic, near the German border, Rozvadov is roughly halfway between Prague and Munich. King’s Casino has quickly become one of the premier places to play poker in all of Europe.

“We love hosting WSOP Europe and treating the game’s best players with our one-of-a-kind hospitality,” said King’s Resort owner Leon Tsoukernik.

“We hope players who have participated in WSOPE come back this year, and for those yet to make it out to King’s, we strongly encourage you to make plans to join us for Europe’s richest annual live poker festival.”

Numbers Continue to Climb for WSOPE in Rozvadov

Over its decade of existence the WSOPE has, at times, struggled to draw huge numbers in Europe.

That hasn’t been the case at King’s Resort in Rozvadov where prize pools have been steadily increasing over the last two years.

Last year England’s Jack Sinclair, who made the 2017 WSOP Main Event final table in Las Vegas, outlasted 534 entries to win the WSOPE Main Event for €1.1 million. It was the single biggest WSOPE Main Event since 2011 when new location Cannes, France, attracted 593 entries.

The overall 2018 edition of the WSOPE attracted 6,028 entries with over €20 million awarded in prize money spread across 10 gold-bracelet events.

Here’s a look at WSOPE Main Event attendance over the years (note: there was no WSOPE in 2014 or 2016):

2007Annette Obrestad£1,000,000362
2008John Juanda£868,800362
2009Barry Shulman£801,603334
2010James Bord£830,401346
2011Elio Fox€1,400,000593
2012Phil Hellmuth€1,058,403420
2013Adrián Mateos€1,000,000375
2015Kevin MacPhee€883,000313
2017Marti Roca de Torres€1,115,207529
2018Jack Sinclair€1,122,239534

What Happens to WSOPE Beyond 2019?

The upcoming WSOPE in Rozvadov promises to be one of the biggest European poker series of the year but what happens in 2020 is already up for debate in the poker community.

WSOP parent company Caesars Entertainment signed a three-year deal with King’s Resort in 2017 and the upcoming WSOPE marks the last official year on that contract, although it could be extended. In previous years the WSOPE was held in London, France and Germany.

The WSOPE has always had trouble living up to the enormous reputation of the main WSOP series in Las Vegas that regularly awards hundreds of millions of dollars. For years poker pros and fans alike have been wondering if the series might head back to London or perhaps to a new European location like Ireland.

On the other hand, when the multi-year deal with King’s Resort was announced in 2017, it sounded like it might be a semi-permanent home for the decade-old series.

Regardless of what happens to the WSOPE, King’s Resort will remain a close partner of Caesars with smaller-circuit events already scheduled to take place until 2021.