Over the nine years of its existence the World Series of Poker Europe has always played second fiddle to its bigger, more prestigious Vegas cousin.
After starting with a bang in London in 2007 when an 18-year-old Annette Obrestad stormed to the Main Event title, the WSOPE had seen its numbers dwindle from year-to-year before finally taking a hiatus in 2015.
Things are expected to be different in 2017.
Returning after a two-year break the 2017 WSOPE is debuting at its new home, the King's Casino in Rozvadov, and is set to be the biggest on record.
“With €18 million in guarantees," says WSOPE Director Gregory Chochon, "we expect to see the largest fields and prize pools for our European offshoot.”
Also included this time around: 14 full days of free live streaming provided by the WSOP and King's Casino.
Non-Stop WSOP Action from Now Till November
With a new WSOP Circuit series also arriving next week that means seven straight weeks of live WSOP action at King's to come.
With €3 million in guarantees and 14 official gold ring events it's no slouch, either. But it's the allure of the 11 gold bracelets, starting with an €1,100 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em event on Oct. 19, that are expected to draw in the crowds from across Europe.
“We’re so excited for WSOP Europe to begin,” said King’s Casino Owner Leon Tsoukernik. “Our new hotel tower is up and running and we have more than 160 poker tables ready to be filled with poker players from all over the globe."
Live updates for every event will be available as usual on WSOP.com along with an ambitious schedule of live streams. A full 14 days of streams with hole cards and commentary (on the usual 30-minute delay) will be provided.
Check the streaming schedule below:
Oct. 23 – €1,100 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em – 2pm local/8am ET
Oct. 25 – €1,100 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em – 11pm local/5pm ET
Oct. 26 – €550 Pot-Limit Omaha – 2pm local/8am ET
Oct. 28 – €1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed -- 2pm local/8am ET
Oct. 30 – €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha -- 2pm local/9am ET
Nov. 2 – €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller -- 2pm local/9am ET
Nov. 3 – €111,111 High Roller for One Drop – Day 1 -- 2pm local/9am ET
Nov. 4 – €111,111 High Roller for One Drop – Day 2 -- 1pm local/8am ET
Nov. 5 – €111,111 High Roller for One Drop – Final Table -- 2pm local/9am ET
Nov. 6 – €10,000 Main Event – Day 2 – 12 noon local/6am ET
Nov. 7 -- €10,000 Main Event – Day 3 – 12 noon local/6am ET
Nov. 8 -- €10,000 Main Event – Day 4 – 12 noon local/6am ET
Nov. 9 -- €10,000 Main Event – Day 5 – 12 noon local/6am ET
Nov. 10 -- €10,000 Main Event – Final Table – 12 noon local/6am ET
The Main Event and High Roller for One Drop will also be taped for television and air at a date to be determined.
Check the full schedule for the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe here. Start your qualifying for full WSOPE packages starting at just 50 cents on 888poker.