The 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) is well underway, and there are 10 gold bracelets and a guaranteed prize pool of over €13 million at Europe’s most popular poker festival up for grabs. It seems the WSOPE found a permanent home, as the event is once again being held at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Since 2013, the World Series of Poker Europe, previously held every two years, has now changed as the tournament takes place annually going forward at King’s Casino after an event last year drew a total of 7,689 total entries and over €25 million in prize money.
Started in 2007, the WSOPE emerged from a thriving scene in London, which resulted in the WSOP hosting its festival outside of the United States for the first time.
The tournament has always drawn many popular names from Europe’s poker scene. You may recognize a few familiar faces such as Jan Bendik and Hannes Neurauter among those on the roster. Last year’s event was an overwhelming success, with some of the highlights including Marti Roca De Torres winning €1,115,207 as well as a WSOP gold bracelet and Dominik Nitsche winning his fourth WSOP gold bracelet after taking home last year’s most expensive event, the top prize of €3,487,463, which was the biggest yet in an illustrious 10-year career.
Located in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, the King’s Casino is near the German border, between Munich and Prague, making it an ideal location in central Europe for players to travel with ease.
King’s Casino is home to the biggest poker room in Europe where the 2018 World Series of Poker tournament is currently taking place. It is set to be the biggest poker festival of its kind to date, with a massive guaranteed cash prize and 10 gold bracelets up for grabs.
“King’s Casino does everything big and first class, so we can’t wait to return to Rozvadov for the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “With €13 million in guarantees on bracelet events, plus a phenomenal cash game scene, we highly recommend you make plans to join us this fall in Europe’s best-kept poker secret.”
“It was a dream to host WSOP Europe, and I can’t wait to do it again,” said King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik. “We hope everyone who came last year comes back for our warm hospitality and generous offerings, and for those who missed out, please join us for Europe’s biggest poker event of the year.”
— WSOP (@WSOP) October 16, 2018
The first official gold bracelet event began on Tuesday, October 9th, with the €550 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold ‘em. It had eight starting flights and a guaranteed prize pool of €1 million. It was also the first of 10 gold bracelet events taking place during the tournament that is concluding on Friday, November 2nd.
After less than four hours of play, the first gold bracelet of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe went to Tamir Segal. The Israeli came in first place in the first event, the €550 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold ‘em, scooping up the title and prize of €203,820. It’s the biggest cash prize for Segal ever, and he looked rather pleased with himself after defeating Wojciech Wyrebski. The second-place prize went to a polish player, who also seemed happy to walk away with €125,966.
It looks like this year’s World Series of Poker Europe is off to a great start, and we’re excited to see how things play out in the coming days and weeks ahead. With plenty more gold bracelets still up for grabs in the upcoming events, keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks of the tournament for all the action still to come. You can view the entire World Series of Poker Europe schedule on the King’s Casino website or on the event’s official website.