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WSOP Europe

As the 2013 World Series of Poker nears its end in Las Vegas, professional players; semi-pros and poker fans are getting ready for the next stop with the WSOP Europe. The WSOP Europe continues to be one of fastest growing series of tournaments. The WSOP Europe begins a two week run on October 12, in Paris.

Last year’s WSOP Europe was the site of Phil Helmuth’s record 13th bracelet victory. The WSOP-E also played a critical role in the Player of the Year (POY) race, as Helmuth took the point lead from Antonio Esfandari. Helmuth was looking to add to his impressive resume with the POY title as only Greg Merson could overtake him and only by winning the Main Event. (Merson went on to win the Main Event and the POY race, proving that anything can happen in poker.)

This year’s POY standing is tightly bunched with PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu in the lead, followed closely by David (Bakes) Baker and Tom Schneider. The WSOP Europe could be once again be a key series in the Player of the Year race.

The WSOP Europe started in London, before spending two years in Cannes. This year the WSOP-E moves to the newly renovated Casino Barriere Enghien-les-Bains.  The casino is large enough to allow all of the tournament action to take place in one room. It also features a 500 seat theatre that will be host the final tables and serve as television production headquarters. The WSOP Europe will be broadcast worldwide on ESPN and Eurosport.

The WSOP Europe will consist of seven bracelet events. Event one is the only re-entry event on the schedule. The Main Event is a 7 day event with two starting days. The €25K High Roller 3 day event starts as day three of the main event gets underway.

New to this year’s schedule is a €3K Mixed-Max Pot Limit Omaha Event.

Over four dozen side events are scheduled during the two week event as well as cash games and satellites. The Convention Center (known as “Pergola Nova”) across the street from the Casino will host the cash game and satellite action.

The full schedule for the WSOP-Europe

10/12/2013  No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry Day 1a (4-Day Event) €1,000 + €100
10/13/2013 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry Day 1b (4-Day Event) €1,000 + €100
10/14/2013 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em (4-Day Event)  €5,000 + €300
10/15/2013 Pot Limit Omaha (3-Day Event)  €1,500 + €150
10/16/2013 No Limit Hold’em (3-Day Event)  €2,000 + €200
10/17/2013 Mixed-Max Pot-Limit Omaha – Day 1 (3-Day Event)  €3,000 + €250
10/19/2013 Main Event – No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1a (7-Day Event)  €10,000 + €450
10/20/2013 Main Event – No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1b (7-Day Event)  €10,000 + €450
10/22/2013 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (3-Day Event)  €25,000 + €600