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The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has announced a mini-version of its Vegas bracelet festival with the WSOP Europe to run from October 19 to November 10, right after the fall WSOP Circuit stop.
To be hosted at the Kings Casino, Rozvadov for the first time, the festival features 11 bracelet events with a guaranteed prize pool of €17,000,000, making it the one of the highest in the region, according to WSOP officials.
Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director spoke about the venue, “WSOP Europe has struggled to find a permanent home since debuting in 2007 because we could never really find the venue or partner to replicate what we have in Las Vegas.”
The man who played the vital part in securing that venue is Leon Tsoukernik, an entrepreneur who built the King’s Casino in 2003, after acquiring land in the Czech Republic way back in 2002 and transforming it into a ‘Felt of Dreams’, one of the most popular poker destinations in eastern Europe.
“I’m so proud that that the WSOP Europe is coming to King’s,” Tsoukernik declared. “I started off with a dream and my dream has come true and I hope poker players have their dreams come true too when they see the sheer size and facilities of King's.”
Conveniently situated on the border close to Prague and Munich, Rozvadov has already become a hit with top pros and big tournaments already being hosted at King’s Casino. These include the World Poker Tour (WPT), PokerStars and 888poker live topurnament stops among others.
In February this year, Indian poker site PokerNinja became the first to fly a large contingent of 43 players as part of its India Series of Poker (ISOP) promotions to the venue.
The luxurious casino, one of the largest in Europe has 160 poker tables and will soon open a 250-room 5-star hotel providing visitors a truly international experience.
It is against this exclusive backdrop that the first bracelet-events festival in the Czech Republic will debut this fall.
Tsoukernik, remarked that, “With the awarding of WSOP gold bracelets, we have brought a huge piece of Las Vegas to Europe and we aim to deliver Vegas standards with this event too.”
Echoing the sentiment, Stewart said, “We are bullish in this becoming the European equivalent of the WSOP in Las Vegas, something we have always dreamed of doing when we first began our foray into Europe a decade ago.”
The extravaganza will begin with the WSOP Circuit running from September 28 to October 19, followed by the WSOP Europe with a total of 84 events across 44 days; the latter alone has a guaranteed prize pool of €17,000,000.
Kick-starting the first of the 11 bracelet events at the WSOP Europe will be the €1,100 buy-in Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em €500,000 GTD on Thursday, October 19 at 2pm local time.
There will also be a €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold’em (€2,000,000 GTD) with 10 starting flights beginning October 27.
High-stakes players will have a €111,111 High Roller for One Drop, (€10,000,000 GTD) with a cap of 111 players on November 3.
The series will end with the final table of the €10,300 Main Event (€4,000,000 GTD) on Friday, November 10.
Full Schedule of WSOP Europe11 Bracelet Events –
Written by: Shyamala Gauri