World Series of Poker Europe

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The World Series of Poker Europe , or WSOPE for short , is the first expansion of the World Series of Poker . It was the first time that poker tournaments outside of the United States were established under the WSOP brand.


Since 1970 poker players have had to travel to Las Vegas to compete in the World Series of Poker . Although the WSOP tournaments also take place elsewhere, the main tournaments, at which the winners receive bracelets , were held exclusively in Las Vegas. At the first WSOPE, held in London in 2007, a WSOP bracelet was awarded outside of Las Vegas for the first time.


In 2004 Harrah's Entertainment acquired the rights to the WSOP brand. Harrah's London Clubs International (LCI) later acquired the rights. LCI operates three casinos in London - Fifty , Leicester Square and The Sportsman . After acquiring the casinos, Harrah's set out to bring the WSOP brand to Europe. European casinos have a different atmosphere compared to American casinos. Jeffrey Pollack, the WSOP commissioner, pointed out that the WSOPE has a unique flair. So you shouldn't be surprised if a jacket was compulsory at the tables . If James Bond were to host a poker tournament, Pollack believed it could look like the WSOPE. "

The WSOPE has been exposed to intense competition, as many major poker tournaments have already established themselves in Europe. Pollack assumed, however, that the global fame of the WSOP and the WSOP bracelets meant there was a realistic chance that the WSOPE would quickly catch up. When it comes to marketing, Harrah's didn't just rely on its own reputation and that of the WSOP. On July 5, 2007, Harrahs announced the collaboration with UK-based company Betfair . Betfair is one of the largest online gaming companies in the world. The alliance relies on the good reputation of Betfair in Europe and is the most far-reaching cooperation between an online and an offline casino.

Due to the change in law in the United States in 2007, the WSOP could no longer do business with online gambling companies. As a result, online qualifiers for the WSOP were taboo in the US. The WSOPE is not subject to any such restrictions. The United Kingdom Gambling Act of 2005 allows legally regulated online poker providers. Furthermore, the age limits for gambling are different in the United Kingdom and the United States. This means that younger players can also take part in the WSOPE.

Since the casinos in the UK are smaller than those in Las Vegas, the number of WSOPE participants was limited. As a result, the field of participants consists of more top poker players and fewer amateurs. For example, the WSOPE sat at a "Starting Table" 2007 players like Tony Guoga , Andy Bloch , Jeff Madsen , Jennifer Harman and Brandon Adams. Allen Cunningham , Gus Hansen , Marcel Lüske and Justin Bonomo met at another “Starting Table” . Four out of five finalists at the first final table of the 2007 WSOPE had previously won a WSOP bracelet. In 2007, four of the five finalists in the first WSOPE tournament had already won a WSOP bracelet. The first ever WSOPE bracelet went to Thomas Bihl . No previous bracelet winner took part in the second final table, the bracelet went to Dario Alioto . At 18 years and 364 days, Annette Obrestad was the youngest player to win a WSOP bracelet in the 2007 WSOPE Main Event.

In 2008 the WSOPE was supplemented by a fourth tournament and took place in the Casino at the Empire in London's Leicester Square . A remarkable thing happened at the 2008 WSOPE when Jesper Hougaard became the first poker player to win both a WSOP bracelet and a WSOPE bracelet that same year. The main WSOPE tournament featured greats such as Iwan Demidow , John Juanda and Daniel Negreanu . Demidow's participation in the WSOPE final table was particularly noteworthy, as he was already one of the “November Nines” at the time and was a player at the final table of the main WSOP tournament in November 2008 . Therefore, there was a chance that the same player could win both major tournaments. Even if this did not happen, Demidow was the first player to sit at the final tables of both main tournaments.

The WSOPE 2008 main tournament was won by John Juanda , making it his fourth bracelet. Theo Jørgensen , who made it to the final of the main WSOPE tournament in 2007, won his first bracelet in the £ 5,000 pot-limit Omaha event . Sherkhan Farnood sat at a special final table as four out of six contestants ( Ivo Donev , Howard Lederer , Phil Ivey and Jeff Lisandro ) combined nine WSOP bracelets. The 2008 WSOPE also marked a technological advance with the first use of the Mobile Hole Card Camera . In previous tournaments, viewers could only watch the hole cards at certain tables. In 2008, a special camera enabled the broadcast teams to move around freely and broadcast the game at neighboring tables at the same time.

The 2009 WSOPE took place from September 17th to October 1st at the Casino at the Empire in London. A total of four bracelets were awarded, in the events of £ 1,000 No-Limit Hold'em , £ 2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha , £ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha and £ 10,000 World Championship No-Limit Hold'em (Main Tournament) . The sports broadcaster ESPN announced in advance that it would include ten hours of coverage of the WSOPE in the WSOP 2009 program.

The fourth World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) was held from September 14th to 28th, 2010 . Five bracelets were played. The venue for the tournament was the Casino at the Empire in London.

In 2011 the WSOPE was held for the first time in the Majestic Barrière and Le Croisette Casino Barrière in Cannes . From October 7th to October 20th, seven bracelets were played. The WSOPE results have been taken into account for the Player of the Year award since 2011 .

In 2012 the WSOPE took place in Cannes. Another seven bracelets were played from September 21st to October 4th. The main event was won by Phil Hellmuth , who became the first player to win the main event of the WSOP and the WSOPE.

For the first time at the venue Enghien-les-Bains , eight bracelets were played from October 11 to October 25, 2013. Since 2014 the WSOPE has been held in alternation with the WSOP Asia Pacific , so that the next WSOPE was not held again until 2015.

In October 2015 the WSOPE took place in Germany in the Spielbank Berlin . A total of ten different main tournaments were offered in which bracelets could be won. The tournaments had entry fees from 550 to 25,600 euros.

After negotiations with the management of the World Series of Poker , a decision was made in 2015 to host WSOP tournaments at King's Resort in Rozvadov . Accordingly, Rozvadov became the venue for circuit tournaments in the period from 2017 to 2021 and the WSOPE 2017 , 2018 and 2019 .


# year city Tournaments Main Event
Attendees winner origin Prize money
1 2007 United KingdomUnited Kingdom London 3 362 Annette Obrestad NorwayNorway £ 1,000,000
2 2008 United KingdomUnited Kingdom London 4th 363 John Juanda United StatesUnited States 0.£ 868,800
3 2009 United KingdomUnited Kingdom London 4th 334 Barry Shulman United StatesUnited States 0.£ 801,603
4th 2010 United KingdomUnited Kingdom London 5 346 James board United KingdomUnited Kingdom 0.£ 830,401
5 2011 FranceFrance Cannes 7th 593 Elio Fox United StatesUnited States 1,400,000
6th 2012 FranceFrance Cannes 7th 420 Phil Hellmuth United StatesUnited States € 1,022,376
7th 2013 FranceFrance Enghien-les-Bains 8th 375 Adrian Mateos SpainSpain € 1,000,000
8th 2015 GermanyGermany Berlin 10 313 Kevin MacPhee United StatesUnited States 0.€ 883,000
9 2017 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Rozvadov 11 529 Martí Roca de Torres SpainSpain € 1,115,207
10 2018 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Rozvadov 10 534 Jack Sinclair United KingdomUnited Kingdom € 1,122,239
11 2019 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Rozvadov 15th 541 Alexandros Kolonias GreeceGreece € 1,133,678

Web links

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Individual evidence

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