15 more bracelets to win
The World Series of Poker Europe 2023 will take place at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic and will begin with a three-week festival where 15 gold bracelets will be awarded. The main event of the 14th edition of WSOP Europe is scheduled to begin on November 10th.
When the schedule was announced in JulyLeon Tsoukernik, owner of King’s Resort and poker fan, said: “We are delighted to continue hosting the most prestigious tournament series in Europe and to offer even higher guaranteed prize pools and new exciting events this year.”
Unlike the traditional World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, every event at WSOP Europe has a guaranteed prize pool. A total of 14 million euros is guaranteed for the 15 bracelet events.
Today begins with Event #1: €350 2023 No-Limit Hold’em Opener, which comes with a €1 million prize pool. The first of six take-off flights will take place on Wednesday. Day 1B is the only tournament scheduled for tomorrow, while Day 1C shares Friday with Day 1D and the first of three flights of Event #2: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Max.
I want to set more records
The 2022 WSOP Europe Main Event was the largest in history with 763 participants and generated a prize pool of €7,248,500. Omar Eljach won the tournament and received his first gold bracelet and first prize of €1,380,129.
“The enthusiasm for poker has increased significantly following this year’s Main Event in Las Vegas,” Ty Stewart, executive director and senior vice president of the WSOP, said this summer. “We are not content with setting twelve new records. We expect the WSOP Europe to capitalize on the momentum and break its Main Event record again this year as players from around the world try their luck in the world’s richest and most prestigious sport.”
And if the trend continues, the WSOP Europe will break records along with the other events. This summer’s Main Event in Las Vegas broke the nearly two-decade-old record with 10,043 players and a prize pool of $93,399,900. The previous record of 8,773 was set in 2006. The 2022 WSOP Main Event was just over 100 away from setting a new mark, but it would have been broken this year anyway.
One difference between the traditional Main Event and the WSOP Europe Main Event is that the Las Vegas edition is a freezeout, while the WSOP Europe version allows one re-entry per player.
In the first few years, attendance at the WSOP Europe Main Event remained fairly consistent, as the tournament had attendance in the mid-300s. In 2011, the number rose to nearly 600 before slipping each year until 2015, bottoming out at 313. Attendance has grown every year since then, and considering what happened at the WSOP in Las Vegas and the general enthusiasm for live poker since the COVID-19 19 19 closures, expect a fantastic turnout at King’s Resort this year.