WSOP Europe To Be Held Annually at King's Casino RozvadovApril 6, 2018 9:44 am
Following the 2017 WSOP Europe’s successful debut at the King’s Casino Rozvadov in the Czech Republic, the tournament series will return to the same venue again this year, with its 10 bracelet events scheduled to run from October 11th to November 2nd.
Having first launched in 2007, the WSOP Europe (WSOPE) was originally intended to alternate annually with the WSOP Asia Pacific (WSOP APAC), with the former held in odd-numbered years, and the latter in even-numbered ones. To date, however, the WSOPE has enjoyed a total of ten series, while the WSOP APAC has only been held twice (2013, 2014), before being cancelled in 2016. As a result, the organization is now concentrating its future efforts on raising the popularity of the competition in Europe, and as WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart explained in a recent press release:
“We have long searched for a great venue and host for WSOP Europe and we believe we’ve finally found it. King’s Casino has been a terrific host and with their expansion complete, we’re pleased to commit to holding WSOP Europe annually each October in Rozvadov.”
The first WSOP Europe held in 2007 featured just 3 bracelet evens, with the then 18 year-old Annette Obrestad winning its Main Event for £1 million, still making her the youngest player ever to capture a WSOP bracelet. Interestingly, the Norwegian pro would not have even been allowed to have competed in the US version of the series until she was at least 21.
Last year’s WSOP Europe subsequently featured eleven events offering more than €25 million in guaranteed prize money, with a total of 7,689 players having taken part in the festivities.
King’s Casino Rozvadov
The King’s Casino Rozvadov in the Czech Republic is situated in Central Europe, on the border with Germany, with the venue opening for business in 2003. In 2009, its owner, Czech entrepreneur Leon Tsoukernik, then shifted the focus of the casino to poker, with the first World Series of Poker Europe taking place there in 2017, before which it had moved around from country to country, including being hosted in the UK (2007-10), France (2011-13), and Germany (2015).
In addition to being a casino owner, Tsoukernik is also an avid poker fan, and is a regular at high stakes cash games, as well as an occasional participant in live tournaments. According to the Hendon Mob, the 44 year-old has cashed in seven events since 2011 for a total of $2,783,323, with his biggest score worth $1.8 million after finishing 4th at the $300,000 Aria Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas.
Expressing pride for his casino having been chosen as a permanent venue for the WSOP Europe, Leon Tsoukernik made a side reference to Allen Kessler, a US pro who has a reputation for being vocal in his criticism of those poker tournaments which he sees as not being good value for money. Last year, the player finished runner-up at WSOPE Event #6: €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha for €57,897 ($67,236), and in a tongue in cheek remark, Tsoukernik stated:
“By all measures, our inaugural WSOP Europe was a great success – even Allen Kessler was pleased. Now that King’s Casino is firmly established as Europe’s most popular poker venue, we have doubled down and have made a bigger commitment to bring WSOP Europe to Rozvadov annually.”
Last Year’s Tournament Schedule
While the 2018 schedule has yet to be finalized, a clue may be provided as to what tournaments players can expect to look forward to this year by looking at last year’s offerings at the King’s Casino Rozvadov.
Event #1: €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack
Event #2: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #3: €1,100 NLHE Super Turbo BOUNTY
Event #4: €1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed
Event #5: €550 The Colossus No-Limit Hold’em
Event #6: €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #7: €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Event #8: €1,100 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em
Event #9: €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller
Event #10: €111,111 High Roller for One Drop
Event #11: €10,300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event