Over the course of its history, five venues have hosted the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) since its inception in 2008.
London, United Kingdom
Le Croisette Casino Barrière
Rozvadov, Czech Republic
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.