This year’s event marks the first time that the WSOP will visit the Czech Republic. King’s Casino in Rozvadov offers a beautiful new location for Europe’s premier event.
Each of the tournaments promises a signature WSOP bracelet to the winner. The only exception is the very last event on November 7th – a €25,000 buy-in high-roller event. Players can also accumulate points towards WSOP Player of the Year standings through this series.
The main event for this series is a €10,350 buy-in no-limit hold’em clash. The guaranteed prize pool for this event is a whopping €5,000,000.
Other notable events include the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop, which carries a €10,000,000 guarantee, and its cousin, the €500,000 guarantee €1,111 Little One for One Drop. Both tournaments pay a portion of their prize pools to the One Drop Foundation, the nonprofit water initiative founded by Guy Laliberte.
The series will also offer three Omaha events, including a hi/lo event. Given the popularity of Omaha in Europe (rivaling hold’em), it is likely that these tournaments will have large fields.
Finally, the Colossus tournament will run in this series as well. This €550 buy-in tournament offers ten starting flights for players to chase a bracelet and a €2,000,000 guarantee.
A chance for King’s Casino to shine
The venue for the event, King’s Casino, is in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, a town situated on the German border. It might seem strange to locate such a prestigious event in a small town like Rozvadov.
However, the casino has chosen to focus on its poker room as a central feature, and boasts over 160 poker tables in its “Poker Arena.” In fact, a recent renovation and upgrade may push that number higher – the addition is placing 1,800 more square meters of gaming space.
The casino’s positioning as Europe’s largest and best poker room is the result of its founder, Leon Tsoukernik. Though the casino opened in 2003, its shift towards poker has generated massive attention from the poker community – none more so than its hosting of WSOPE.
How to get to King’s Casino
First things first you’ll need to get a good transatlantic flight from the U.S. to Europe. Since you can’t fly to Rozvadov direct, you’ll need to fly to either Prague, Nuremberg, or Munich, all of which are two-hours away from Rozvadov by car. Conveniently, the casino runs a shuttle service from all three cities’ airports, and this option is likely the best choice for out-of-town players.
However, players may also drive themselves to the venue, if they like. Driving from Prague is a straight shot down the D5/E50, so that is probably the easiest route.
How to qualify for the WSOP Europe?
If you live outside the U.S., the best way to gain entry to the Main Event is to play through 888poker, which is the official sponsor for the WSOP in Europe. The poker site offers a €13,000 package for as little as 1₵, which provides the entry fee, 5 hotel room nights, and other goodies.
While online qualifiers are not specifically listed yet on WSOP.com in Nevada or New Jersey, we expect the sites to add opportunities to qualify for WSOP Europe events very soon. Be sure to get signed up for either so you’re ready for action.
King’s Casino will also run live satellites for the big events, so it is definitely worth your while to plan a fun trip to Rozvadov and worry about winning a seat once you get there.
All in all, it should be a terrific series and a splashy return to prominence for WSOPE. If you can make it to the Czech Republic next month, check it out!