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World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE)

The World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) was the first expansion of the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The festival made its debut in 2007 and was held in the United Kingdom, France and Germany before settling on its current home at King's Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

From three bracelet events in 2007, it has grown to 15 bracelets in 2019. Many famous names have won bracelets on the WSOPE including Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen and Chris Ferguson.

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WSOPE Locations

Over the course of its history, five venues have hosted the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) since its inception in 2008.

VenueCountryYears
Empire CasinoLondon, United Kingdom2007-10
Le Croisette Casino BarrièreCannes, France2011-12
Casino BarrièreEnghien-les-Bains, France2013
Spielbank CasinoBerlin, Germany2015
King's ResortRozvadov, Czech Republic2015-present

WSOPE 2007

Having purchased the rights to the WSOP in 2004, Harrah's Casino announced that it would partner with Betfair to bring the World Series of Poker to Europe. This was the very first expansion of the WSOP brand, with the 2007 WSOPE taking place at Empire Casino in London.

Due to the legal gambling age in England being 18, players under the age of 21 were able to compete in the WSOP for the very first time. As a result, Annette Obrestad became the youngest player to win a WSOP bracelet at age 18 years, 364 days after winning the 2007 WSOPE Main Event for £1,000,000.

YearLocationEntriesChampionCountryPrize
2007London, England362Annette ObrestadNorway£1,000,000
2007 WSOP Europe Main Event Champion Annette Obrestad
Annette Obrestad (pictured in 2017)

WSOPE 2008

After three bracelets were awarded at the inaugural WSOPE, that was increased to four the following year. The tournament was again hosted by the Empire Casino in London with several big names again in attendance. Phil Ivey final-tabled the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E and 2000 WSOP Main Event winner Chris Ferguson final-tabling the £5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha.

The 2008 WSOPE Main Event was won by John Juanda, beating a final table that included Daniel Negreanu. Ivan Demidov had made the final table of the WSOP Main Event earlier that year, and while waiting for the November Nine to resume later that year he made it to the final table of the 2008 WSOPE Main Event.

Demidov would finish third at the WSOPE, and follow that up for a second-place at the 2008 WSOP Main Event, won by Peter Eastgate.

YearLocationEntriesChampionCountryPrize
2008London, England362John JuandaIndonesia£868,800

WSOPE 2009

The 2009 WSOPE Main Event was won by Barry Shulman for £801,603. He defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up, after 'KidPoker' made it to back-to-back WSOPE Main Event final tables.

One year after Demidov's heroics, his feat of final-tabling both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Event in the same year was matched by not one but two players. Both Antoine Saout and James Akenhead made it to the final table, finishing seventh and ninth respectively.

YearLocationEntriesChampionCountryPrize
2009London, England334Barry ShulmanUnited States£801,603
Barry Shulman vs Daniel Negreanu 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event
Barry Shulman vs Daniel Negreanu 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event

WSOPE 2010

Despite being held at the Empire Casino in London, United Kingdom, it took until the fourth iteration of the WSOPE festival for an English player to win a WSOPE bracelet. James Bord accomplished that feat after winning the 2010 WSOPE Main Event.

He was roared on to victory by a partisan rail, with Bord walking away with £830,401.

Other big names to win bracelets at the 2010 WSOPE included Phil Laak, Jeff Lisandro and Gus Hansen.

YearLocationEntriesChampionCountryPrize
2010London, England346James BordUnited Kingdom£830,401
2010 WSOP Europe Main Event Champion James Bord
2010 WSOP Europe Main Event Champion James Bord

WSOPE 2011

In 2011, the WSOPE moved to France, being held at Le Croisette Casino Barrière in Cannes, France. The schedule featured seven bracelet events, with the 2011 WSOPE Main Event won by Elio Fox. He defeated 593 players to win €1,400,000 in what was the largest WSOPE Main Event ever.

Michael Mizrachi won his second career bracelet in the €10,400 NLHE Split Format, just one year after winning the 2010 Poker Player's Championship for his first.

YearLocationEntriesChampionCountryPrize
2011Cannes, France593Elio FoxUnited States€1,400,000

WSOPE 2012

The WSOPE returned to Cannes in 2012 ahead of by far the biggest WSOPE winner's story in history. Phil Hellmuth won the 2012 WSOPE Main Event for over €1m to take his WSOP bracelet tally to 13. In doing so, he became the first player to win both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Event.

"This is the best tournament I've ever played in my entire life," Hellmuth said after his victory. "I was all in for my tournament life once and that was on Day 1. He had one out."

Away from the Main Event, Antonio Esfandiari won the third bracelet of his career, and the second in the space of three months after winning the inaugural "]€1,000,000 Big One for One Drop.

YearLocationEntriesChampionCountryPrize
2012Cannes, France420Phil HellmuthUnited States€1,058,403
2012 WSOP Europe Main Event Champion Phil Hellmuth
2012 WSOP Europe Main Event Champion Phil Hellmuth

WSOPE 2013

Eight bracelets were up for grabs at the 2013 WSOPE, held at Enghien-les-Bains, France just outside the capital Paris. Among the early bracelet winners were Roger Hairabedian, who became the first French WSOPE bracelet winner and also became the first player to win two WSOPE bracelets.

Daniel Negreanu triumphed in the €25,600 High Roller for his sixth WSOP bracelet, clinching the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year in the process.

2013 WSOPE Main Event Champion Adrian Mateos
2013 WSOPE Main Event Champion Adrian Mateos

The 2013 WSOPE Main Event was won by 19-year-old Spanish player Adrian Mateos. He defeated home favorite Fabrice Soulier after a heads-up match lasting five hours.

YearLocationEntriesChampionCountryPrize
2013Enghien-les-Bains, France375Adrian MateosSpain€1,000,000

WSOPE 2015

After two years in France, the WSOPE then moved to Spielbank Casino, located in the heart of the German capital Berlin. The festival featured ten bracelet events for the first time, with 2010 WSOP Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel winning his third WSOP bracelet in the €25,600 High Roller after picking up his second in Las Vegas four months earlier.

The 2015 WSOPE Main Event was won by Kevin MacPhee. With only 313 players, this is the smallest WSOPE Main Event in history, with MacPhee winning €883,000 in prize money.

YearLocationEntriesChampionCountryPrize
2015Berlin, Germany313Kevin MacPheeUnited States€883,000

WSOPE 2017

After just one year in Germany, in October 2016 the WSOPE announced it had signed a multi-year deal with King's Casino, Rozvadov.

"I have really bought into Leon [Tsoukernik]’s vision for creating a poker-first destination in Central Europe,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart at the time. "With King’s backing large guarantees and media coverage, we believe we have found a long term home for WSOPE to replicate the scale we enjoy in Las Vegas."

2000 WSOP Main Event winner Chris Ferguson was the big story from the 2017 WSOPE, winning a sixth bracelet in the €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. In doing so, he was crowned 2017 WSOP Player of the Year.

Niall Farrell became the eighth player to clinch poker's Triple Crown with victory in the €25,000 High Roller.

The 2017 WSOPE Main Event was won by Marti Roca de Torres for €1,115,207. He defeated Gianluca Speranza heads-up to win the title.

YearLocationEntriesChampionCountryPrize
2017Rozvadov, Czech Republic529Marti Roca de TorresSpain€1,115,207
WSOP Europe King's Resort Rozvadov, Czech Republic
WSOP Europe King's Resort Rozvadov, Czech Republic

WSOPE 2018

Although it was originally announced that King's Casino would host the WSOPE again in 2019, it was announced in mid-2018 that the festival would return after just one year.

"It was a dream to host WSOP Europe and I can’t wait to do it again," said King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik at the time.

Again the schedule featured ten bracelet events, with Martin Kabrhel winning his second bracelet in the €100,000 Super High Roller after winning his first just one year earlier.

The 2018 WSOPE Main Event was won by Jack Sinclair. Former WSOP Main Event winner Ryan Riess made it to the final table, but was eliminated in fourth place.

YearLocationEntriesChampionCountryPrize
2018Rozvadov, Czech Republic534Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom€1,122,239

WSOPE 2019

The 2019 WSOPE featured 15 bracelets, the most awarded at a WSOPE in history. The schedule featured a short deck event and a €100,000 High Roller for the very first time.

Australian Kahle Burns became the first player to win two WSOPE bracelets at the same festival, matching compatriot and eventual WSOP Player of the Year winner Robert Campbell who accomplished the feat at the 2019 WSOP.

Meanwhile, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier won the second bracelet of his career in the €550 Colossus.

The 2019 WSOPE Main Event was won by Alexandros Kolonias, defeating 541 players - the second-largest WSOPE Main Event in history.

YearLocationEntriesChampionCountryPrize
2019Rozvadov, Czech Republic541Alexandros KoloniasGreece€1,133,678
2019 WSOP Europe Main Event Champion Alexandros Kolonias
2019 WSOP Europe Main Event Champion Alexandros Kolonias

WSOPE 2021

The 2021 WSOPE returns to King's Resort, Rozvadov with 15 bracelets scheduled from Nov. 19 to Dec. 8.. Nearly €12m is guaranteed across the festival with buy-ins ranging from €350 to €50,000.

WSOP Europe Schedule Released; Nearly €12M Guaranteed Across 15 Bracelets

WSOPE FAQs

Where is the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) held?

Since 2017, WSOPE is held at King's Resort, Rozvadov in the Czech Republic

When is the 2021 WSOP Europe?

The 2021 WSOP Europe takes place at King's Resort, Rozvadov from Nov. 19 to Dec. 8.

Has the 2021 WSOP Europe schedule been released?

Yes. The schedule features nearly €12m in guarantees across 15 events.

What is the WSOP Europe Main Event buy-in?

The WSOP Europe Main Event buy-in is €10,350.

List of World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Winners

YearLocationEntriesChampionCountryPrize
2007London, England362Annette ObrestadNorway£1,000,000
2008London, England362John JuandaIndonesia£868,800
2009London, England334Barry ShulmanUnited States£801,603
2010London, England346James BordUnited Kingdom£830,401
2011Cannes, France593Elio FoxUnited States€1,400,000
2012Cannes, France420Phil HellmuthUnited States€1,058,403
2013Enghien-les-Bains, France375Adrian MateosSpain€1,000,000
2015Berlin, Germany313Kevin MacPheeUnited States€883,000
2017Rozvadov, Czech Republic529Marti Roca de TorresSpain€1,115,207
2018Rozvadov, Czech Republic534Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom€1,122,239
2019Rozvadov, Czech Republic541Alexandros KoloniasGreece€1,133,678