Europe scheduled for September
by Ryan McLane, Casino City
London will play host to a European version of the
World Series of Poker two months after the conclusion of the 39th
annual Las Vegas Series.
The WSOP Europe is a three-event series that begins
on Sept. 6 and ends with a $19,600 (10,000 pounds) Main Event. London
Clubs International will host the events at their Fifty, Leicester
Square, and Sportsman casinos.
Each tournament winner will receive the traditional
WSOP gold bracelet.
The bracelet carries the same prestige as the Las
Vegas awards, according to WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. The
bracelet design is not finished, but it will have the word "Europe"
prominently displayed. All performances in WSOP Europe will count
towards overall WSOP records.
"The World Series of Poker Europe will have
a unique identity, style and flair, but will remain true to the
38-year tradition and heritage," WSOP commissioner Jeffrey
Pollack said in a press release. "This new tournament has been
designed with European players in mind, but registrants from every
country are welcome."
The WSOP Europe is intended to compliment the American
version by running after the summer's American series, Pollack said.
Currently, the plan is to have the WSOP Europe follow the Las Vegas
tournament on an annual basis.
Unlike the Texas Hold'em heavy Las Vegas WSOP, the
European version will prominently feature H.O.R.S.E and pot-limit
Omaha in addition to the Main Event.
The H.O.R.S.E. tournament begins on Sept. 6 in the
Leicester Square Casino, which officially opens on April 1 and will
be the centerpiece of WSOP Europe.
The Pot-Limit Omaha tournament will be played at
the Leicester Square Casino on Sept. 8 and the No-Limit Hold'em
Main Event is set to start at all three casinos on Sept. 10.
Players will be consolidated on Sept. 13 and play for the WSOP Europe
Main Event Championship at the Leicester Square Casino.
Pollack said his office is planning to continue
expanding the WSOP brand to other parts of the world, but no definite
plans have been announced.
"Our goal is to breathe life into the WSOP
brand on a year-round basis," Pollack said. "We are not
starting a tour. Our thing has been and always will be, staging
ultra prestigious poker events."