The schedule for the 11th World Series of Poker Europe is out with ten bracelets up for grabs, €14m in prize money, and six events allowing unlimited re-entry.
The partypoker hierarchy may be fans of ‘pure’ tournament poker, but their business partners don’t share the same enthusiasm. The King’s Resort and World Series of Poker (WSOP) have released the schedule for the 11th iteration of the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), and you had better start saving your pennies.
The Rolling Stone of Rozvadov, the Kings Resort, will be the busiest place in the poker world between October 13 and November 4, when players ring the doorbell hoping to compete for one of ten gold bracelets, €14m in guaranteed prize money, and WSOP Player of the Year honours.
The buy-ins range between €350 and €100,000 giving the impression that there’s something for everyone no matter what your home looks like beneath the streetlights, but don’t let that range fool you – this one’s for the rich and famous.
Of the ten events, six of them allow unlimited re-entry, including the €100,000 buy-in Diamond High Roller and €25,500 buy-in Platinum High Roller. 100% of the other four contests provide at least one more life should someone shove a syringe full of arsenic into your jugular.
The steam-powered locomotive standing in this particular railway station is the €10,000 buy-in, €5m GTD Main Event. Here is a reminder of the previous winners:
WSOPE Main Event winners
2007: Annette Obrestad (362 entrants) £1,000,000 first prize.
2008: John Juanda (362 entrants) £868,800 first prize.
2009: Barry Shulman (334 entrants) £801,603 first prize
2010: James Bord (346 entrants) £830,401 first prize
2011: Elio Fox (593 entrants) €1,400,000 first prize
2012: Phil Hellmuth (420 entrants) €1,058,403 first prize
2013: Adrián Mateos (375 entrants) €1,000,000 first prize
2015: Kevin MacPhee (313 entrants) €883,000 first prize
2017: Marti Roca de Torres (529 entrants) €1,115,207 first prize
2018: Jack Sinclair (534 entrants) €1,122,239 first prize
It’s the third year that the King’s Resort hosts the WSOPE, and as you can tell from the numbers, it seems like an excellent fit, although the relationship signalled the start of the ‘bust starting flight A, re-enter starting flight B,’ rule that was always going to see a hike in attendances.
Event #1: €350 ‘Opener’ NLHE €220k GTD 2-starting flights, 2 re-entries per flight – Oct 13 & 14
Event #2: €550 PLO 8-Handed €100k GTD 2 starting flights, unlimited re-entry – Oct 15 & 16
Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event NLHE €550k GTD 2 starting flights, single re-entry – Oct 16, 17 & 18
Event #4: €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter – €200k GTD €300 bounty, unlimited re-entry – Oct 17
Event #5: €1,650 PLO/NLHE Mix – €200k GTD, unlimited re-entry – Oct 19
Event #6 €25,500 Platinum High Roller NLHE – €1m GTD unlimited re-entry – Oct 20
Event #7: €2,200 PLO 8-Handed €200k GTD unlimited re-entry – Oct 21
Event #8: €100,000 Diamond High Roller €5m GTD unlimited re-entry – Oct 23
Event #9: €10,350 WSOPE Main Event €5m GTD 2 starting flights, bust A can re-enter B – Oct 25 & 26
Event #10 €550 Colossus NLHE – €1m GTD 9 starting flights, and one re-entry per flight – Oct 28, 29, 30, 31, Nov 1 2
What’s your opinion on the decision to create a schedule with so many opportunities to re-enter events once busted?