The World Series of Poker Europe

The 2008 WSOPE championship event is just around the corner. The poker action kicks off on 19th September with a new £1,500 no limit Hold’em event which has been added to the tournmant.

2008 WSOPE schedule

Event 1, 3 days: 19 September , 2008 – £1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1A

Event 2, 3 days: 22 September 2008 – £2,500 H.O.R.S.E.

Event 3, 3 days: 24 September 2008 – £5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Event 4, 5 days: 27 September 2008 – £10,000 World Championship No-Limit Hold’em

"If James Bond were hosting a poker tournament it may look like the World Series of Poker Europe" – Jeffrey Pollack

WSOP Expansion

The World Series of Poker tournaments might just be expanded to include other casinos owned by Harrahs Entertainment in locations such as South Africa and Egypt – extending the event’s worldwide appeal to avid poker players around the globe.

2007 WSOPE Winners

2008 will welcome the second annual World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), which enjoyed a successful debut in September, 2007.

Players competed in 3 events, all held at London Club International’s (LCI’s) The Casino at Leicester Square, which opened in April 2007. The tournament will be remembered in poker history as the young Annette Obrestad celebrated her victory in the £10,000 No Limit Hold’Em Event, becoming the youngest player in history to win a WSOP bracelet. For the first time outside Las Vegas, a World Series of Poker bracelet was awarded to a female European teenager!

2007 World Series of Poker Europe Final Results

Event Number

Event

Winner

Prize

1

£2 500 World Championship H.O.R.S.E.

Thomas Bihl

£70 875

2

£5 000 Pot-Limit Omaha

Dario Alioto

£234 390

3

£10 000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em Championship

Annette Obrestad

£1 000 000

World Series of Poker Europe History

The WSOPE is the first phase in the international expansion of World Series of Poker tournaments.

This coincides with Harrah’s Entertainment looking to advance the World Series after buying the rights to the Series in 2004.

The company decided to expand the World Series of Poker franchise into Europe after buying LCI, which operates Fifty, Leicester Square and The Sportsman casinos around London.

Because of the difference in style between American and European casinos, WSOP Commissioner, Jeffrey Pollack, said before the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe that it would have a "style and flair both unique and appropriate to the setting."

There are already many major poker tournaments in Europe, but Pollack cites the prestige of winning a World Series of Poker bracelet as a major drawcard for the WSOPE.

In 2007, Harrah’s announced an alliance with a major online gaming company in the largest ever agreement between an online and offline gaming company.

In the same year, American laws prohibited the WSOP from accepting money from online gambling companies, meaning it cannot recognise qualifiers from online events anymore. However, the World Series of Poker Europe will not be bound by the same laws.