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WSOPE Adds Two Events as Player of the Year Battle Looms

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The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe just got a little more interesting.

Organizers have decided to add two events to the schedule, bringing the overall number of events at the series up to 13. Interestingly, both new events are Mixed Game tournaments, which should provide a little more motivation for professionals who don’t specialize in No-Limit Hold’em.

The first new event is a €2,500 buy-in 8-Game Mix on October 16 with a €250,000 guaranteed prize pool while the second is an enormous €25,500 buy-in Mixed Games Championship on October 21 with €1 million guaranteed.

There’s a little extra attention on this year’s WSOPE as the Player of the Year race is as heated as it’s ever been with Australian Robert Campbell holding down first place with 3,418 points. Right behind Campbell, however, are bitter rivals Shaun Deeb (3,280 points) and Daniel Negreanu (3,166 points). A strong performance at the WSOPE could push either player over the top.

The 2019 WSOPE will take place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, from October 15 to November 4.

Negreanu, Deeb Gunning for History

WSOP Player of the Year has always been a huge badge of pride among poker pros even though there has been little financial incentive in the past.

Some of the biggest names in poker have won the hotly contested title since its inception in 2004, including Allen Cunningham, Erick Lindgren, Jason Mercier, Chris Ferguson and Greg Merson.

This year’s race is particularly interesting as both Daniel Negreanu and Shaun Deeb are chasing their own piece of history.

In Negreanu’s case, he’s going for a record third POY title. He won the title in 2004 and again in 2013. He’s planning to document the drive for three in his popular Vlogs on YouTube and will provide an inside look at King’s Casino in Rozvadov.

Negreanu is also planning on selling some of his buy-in action to fans. He did this for fans over the summer to great success.

Meanwhile, Deeb, an undisputed multi-table tournament master, is the reigning POY champ. No poker player has ever won POY titles in back-to-back years.

WSOPE didn’t even factor into POY voting until 2011. Proponents have argued this adds extra intrigue to the European series but critics believe it was done merely to boost numbers for WSOPE. Many players believe POY should be decided during the summer in Las Vegas.

WSOPE Offers 13 Events, Millions in Prizes

The World Series of Poker Europe may fall well short of the enormous Vegas schedule but there are some compelling events on this year’s schedule.

The series features a €550 Colossus with nine starting flights that are sure to be a favorite among low-stakes players thanks to the massive €1-million prize pool.

High-stakes players will also have plenty to keep them busy with a €100,000 NLHE High Roller Event and a NLHE €10,350 Main Event. Both events will feature a hefty €5-million guaranteed prize pool.

Perhaps the main thing that’s lacking from the schedule is games beyond Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha. The two Mixed Tournaments that the WSOP added this week are, in fact, the only non-Hold’em or PLO tournaments.

Regardless, there are more than enough tournaments for any of the players in the thick of the POY race to make a huge score and lock up the trophy. In fact, Daniel Negreanu did exactly that in 2013 when he won the last possible tournament he could enter in Europe to snag POY for the second time.

Last year, Englishman Jack Sinclair won the WSOPE Main Event title for $1.29 million.

Here’s a complete look at the 2019 WSOPE schedule:

DateEventBuy-in
Sun, Oct 13thEvent #1: €350 Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A€350
Mon, Oct 14thEvent #2: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight A€550
Mon, Oct 14thEvent #1: €350 Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B€350
Tue, Oct 15thEvent #2: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight B€550
Wed, Oct 16thEvent #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A€1,350
Wed, Oct 16thEvent #4: €2,500 8-Game Mix€2,500
Thu, Oct 17thEvent #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B€1,350
Fri, Oct 18thEvent #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C€1,350
Fri, Oct 18thEvent #5: €25,500 Short Deck High Roller No-Limit Hold'em€25,500
Sat, Oct 19thEvent #6: €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em€1,100
Sun, Oct 20thEvent #7: €25,500 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em€25,500
Sun, Oct 20thEvent #8: €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em Mix€1,650
Mon, Oct 21stEvent #9: €25,500 Mixed Games Championship€25,500
Tue, Oct 22ndEvent #10: €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha€2,200
Wed, Oct 23rdEvent #11: €100,000 Diamond High Roller No-Limit Hold'em€100,000
Fri, Oct 25thEvent #12: €10,350 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A€10,350
Sat, Oct 26thEvent #12: €10,350 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B€10,350
Mon, Oct 28thEvent #13: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A€550
Tue, Oct 29thEvent #13: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B€550
Wed, Oct 30thEvent #13: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C€550
Thu, Oct 31stEvent #13: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight D€550
Thu, Oct 31stEvent #13: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight E€550
Fri, Nov 1stEvent #13: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight F€550
Fri, Nov 1stEvent #13: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight G€550
Sat, Nov 2ndEvent #13: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight H€550
Sat, Nov 2ndEvent #13: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight I€550