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WSOP Europe Kicks Off in Czech Republic

WSOP Europe Kicks Off in Czech Republic

The 11th World Series of Poker Europe kicked off Sunday at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

There will be 15 WSOP bracelet events over the next few weeks with guaranteed prize pools topping €22 million, or roughly $24.3 million US. The series started with the €350 Opener event on Sunday and will finish with the €1-million guarantee, €550 buy-in Colossus event that finishes on Nov. 2.

Of course, the main attraction will be the €5-million guarantee No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. This year’s Main Event carries a €10,350 buy-in and will have two starting flights. Day 1A kicks off at noon on Friday, Oct. 25, and Day 1B will be at the same time on Saturday, Oct. 26. There are definitely a few other highlights, especially if you’re into some high-rolling action. This WSOPE won’t just have a €25,500 buy-in Platinum NLHE High Roller Event, it’ll also host a €100,000 Diamond High Roller NLHE Event on Oct. 23.

WSOP Europe by the Numbers

This is the third year the WSOP Europe is being hosted by the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, a tiny Czech town near the German border. Even restaurants are scarce and the biggest highlight is that it’s about two hours from Prague. But if you’re looking for an isolated poker retreat, then Rozvadov is the place to go and thousands of players flocked to the King’s Casino the last few years. In 2017, a total of 7,689 players signed up for 11 different bracelet events and 529 players signed up for the Main Event.

The total numbers dropped a bit last year, with 6,028 players over 10 events. But the Main Event grew a bit to 534 players, the second-highest in WSOPE history. The largest WSOPE Main Event was in 2011 in Cannes, France. That event drew 593 players and Elio Fox took that one down for a grand prize of €1,400,000. Fox’s win is also the largest first-place WSOPE Main Event prize.

Last year English pro Jack Sinclair took down the Main Event and won €1.12 million. This brought U.K. players up to seven WSOPE bracelets, good for second place, but still half of the 14 bracelets won by U.S. players. France rounds off the top three with five bracelets and Canada, Germany and the Czech Republic are tied for fourth with four WSOPE bracelets each.

POY Race Still Live

The 2019 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas saw a total of 90 bracelet events and hundreds of thousands of players. Every player that cashed earned some Player of the Year points and after the summer was over, there was a tight race going.

Australian Robert Campbell topped the leaderboard with 3,418.78 points. Campbell had a great summer that included two WSOP bracelets, four final tables and nine cashes. Shaun Deeb finished the summer second with 3,280.13 points. Deeb won the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year and a win this year would make him the first player to win back-to-back WSOP Player of the Year awards.

Daniel Negreanu is currently third with 3,166.24 points and is the only player to have won the POY twice already. Negreanu has yet to win a bracelet this year, but he cashed more than a dozen times in Vegas and finished runner-up in the $100,000 NLHE High Roller and the $10,000 7-Card Stud Championship. All three players are expected to be at Rozvadov and the race will definitely be something to watch as the series goes on.

Follow the Action

We’ll be following the biggest stories out of Rozvadov, but if you want live updates for every event, head on over to the WSOP live updates page. If you’re more interested in a schedule to see what events could work for you, check out the 2019 WSOPE schedule.