The WSOP is back in the Czech Republic at its favorite venue, King’s Casino in Rozvadov. The WSOP Circuit events have proven to be huge successes everywhere they go and things were no different as players descended on Rozvadov. As usual, the opening event drew a large field to get the festivities off to a good start.
The first day of the Opening Event got underway last week and the players were lining up to take a shot at being named tournament champion. The total number of entries quickly increased to 346 by the time action was just getting heated.
In a Twitter post while the game was still in progress, King’s Casino said, “245 entries at Day 1b in the €300k gtd #WSOPC Opening Event, 47 qualifier for the final. total entries so far 346, total left 64. David Taborsky is the new overall chipleader with 698.500 (174,5 big blinds).”
Each buy-in cost around €299 (US$351) and 45 players took advantage of the re-buy option to continue the poker battle. The lead off event is the first in the series to offer a WSOP Circuit gold ring which, to many, is all the incentive they need to cough up the entry fee as many times as possible. Of course, the guarantee of €300,000 (US$352,998) doesn’t hurt, either. Given the significant turnout, the guarantee will certainly be exceeded.
By the time the Opening Event wrapped up, Czech player Martin Kabrhel had taken the gold ring and the top prize of $62,993. He was followed by fellow countryman Josef Gulas, who took home $38,312, and Germany’s Andreas Loesche, the third placer and $27,079 winner.
There is a long list of available games during the WSOP Circuit festival, including NLHE DeepStacks, Pot-Limit Omaha, Monster Stacks, senior tournaments, knockouts and much more. Buy-ins are modest, giving greater accessibility to players from all across Europe to flock to the casino.
The WSOP will stay at King’s Casino until October 10. When the WSOP Circuit wraps up on October 1, players will immediately be getting ready for the WSOPE festival, offering a continuation of the same poker excitement at the venue.