Since upping anchor and setting sail for new horizons back in 2007, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has handed out bracelets in the UK and France under the WSOPE(urope) banner.
In 2015, however, the international tour will set down inside a new venue in Berlin. Announced this week, the forthcoming incarnation of the WSOPE will get underway on October 8, 2015, and take place inside the Spielbank Berlin (Casino).
According to the event’s organizers, the decision to move away from France and settle in Germany should help generate renewed interest in the festival and create new space for additional tournaments.
Since the inaugural WSOPE went down in London eight years ago, more events have been added to the schedule and, in 2015, there will be a total of ten bracelet events on offer.
A New Low Stakes ApproachÂ
Kicking off the series on October 8 will be a â‚¬2,200 six-max event, before the first new event gets underway on October 9. Dubbed “The Oktoberfest”, the No Limit Hold’em freezeout is a nod to the trend recently adopted by the festival’s bigger brother, the WSOP.
Designed to give more players a chance to experience the magic of the WSOPE, the tournament will cost â‚¬550 to enter which will be the lowest buy-in in the festival’s history.
Mirroring this event but with a slightly different flavor will be a â‚¬550 Pot Limit Omaha tournament that kicks off on October 15.
In addition to satisfying grinders on the first rung of the poker ladder, the WSOPE’s organizers have ensured that travelling high rollers are well catered for with two big budget events.
Serving as the ultimate showdown for the series will be a â‚¬25,600 High Roller projected to welcome one of the largest fields in recent history.
Of course, beyond the peripheries and standing in the spotlight glinted like a star is the â‚¬10,450 Main Event.
Although the bracelet isn’t quite as sought after as the WSOP Main Event title, previous champions have including some of the biggest names in poker, including: Annette Obrestad, John Juanda, Phil Hellmuth and the most recent champion (2013), Adrian Mateos.
Building on Germany’s Poker Prowess
Commenting on the prospect of hosting the first WSOPE since 2013 (the festival was postponed in favor of the WSOP APAC), the organization’s Executive Director, Ty Stewart, said this will be one of the best events in the WSOP’s history.
“Berlin became a logical choice city for WSOP Europe given its proximity to all of Europe, the experienced management team at Spielbank, and the gap of time since a major poker tournament has come to the city. We believe this truly will be the best organized and contested WSOP Europe ever,” explained Stewart,
In addition to hosting a plethora of tournament action, the Spielbank Berlin (Casino) is has set aside two floors’ worth of space which means there will be room for up to 90 cash game tables.
These provisions, plus Germany’s reputation as one of the leading poker nations in the world should help to create one of the biggest festivals in the WSOPE’s 13 year history.
The 2015 World Series of Poker Europe Schedule
Thu, Oct 8th – Event #1: Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em – â‚¬2,200
Fri, Oct 9th – Event #2: The Oktoberfest No-Limit Hold’em – â‚¬550
Sun, Oct 11th – Event #3: Eight-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha – â‚¬3,250
Mon, Oct 12th – Event #4: Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em – â‚¬1,650
Tue, Oct 13th – Event #5: Mixed Event – â‚¬2,200
Wed, Oct 14th – Event #6: No-Limit Hold’em – â‚¬3,250
Thu, Oct 15th – Event #7: Pot Limit Omaha – â‚¬550
Fri, Oct 16th – Event #8: Turbo No-Limit Hold’em w/Re-Entry – â‚¬1,100
Sun, Oct 18th – Event #9: WSOP Europe Main Event — No-Limit Hold’em – â‚¬10,450
Wed, Oct 21st – Event #10: High Roller No-Limit Hold’em – â‚¬25,600