WSOP Europe begins Tuesday

Poker’s best will be headed to Europe this week, as the World Series of Poker Europe kicks off Tuesday at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

There are 10 events on the WSOP Europe schedule this year, which means there are 10 WSOP bracelets up for grabs. The entire series is scheduled to run from October 9 to November 2.

The first event, and the longest on the WSOP Europe schedule, is the €550 Colossus. The lengthy No-Limit Hold’em tournament has eight opening flights stretched out over five days.

The entire tournament is scheduled to last a week with a guaranteed prize pool of €1 million, or roughly $1.1 million US. In last year’s Colossus tournament, Matous Skorepa claimed the WSOP bracelet and €270,015 for first place, which is around $309,000 US.

Other tournaments early on the WSOP Europe schedule include Event 2: €1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Deep Stack tournament; Event 3: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed tournament; and Event 4: €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Bounty Hunter tournament.

WSOP Europe main event

This year’s WSOP Europe €10,350 main event has a guaranteed prize pool of €5,000,000 and begins on Saturday, October 27. The tournament is scheduled to run for seven days and conclude on November 2.

Last year’s WSOP Europe main event had 529 entries and was won by Spaniard Marti Roca de Torres. That was his first WSOP bracelet and only his second career WSOP cash, which earned him €1,115,207. That was just over $1.2 million US.

Also worth watching heading into the WSOP Europe are the WSOP Player of the Year standings. After this year’s WSOP in Las Vegas, Shaun Deeb was on top of the standings with 4,334.06 points. That gave him a hefty lead on Ben Yu, who sits in second place with 3,746.04 points.

Deeb has four WSOP bracelets in his career, including two he won earlier this year at the 2018 WSOP. Deeb has never won a bracelet in a WSOP Europe event, but he does have two cashes in Europe.

Yu has three WSOP bracelets, including one he won earlier this year. He’ll also be looking for his first WSOP Europe win, as well as his first WSOP Europe cash.