2011 WSOPE Set to Shatter Records in France

Cannes by Guy Lebègue
Cannes, France

With the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe set to debut in France this weekend, organizers are already predicting record-breaking numbers.

“We’re anticipating the biggest World Series of Poker Europe we’ve ever had, without a doubt,” said WSOP Communications Director Seth Palansky. “This is the fifth year of the WSOPE and players have an expectation.”

The 2011 WSOPE, which will take place in picturesque Cannes, France, from Oct. 7-20, will benefit from a much larger footprint compared to the previous location in London. 

A big part of the reason that Caesars Entertainment decided to move the series to France was because the biggest space they could find in London would only accommodate 35 tables. In Cannes there will be over 70 tables in play. 

“We looked around Europe quite a bit,” explained Palansky. “Places like Monte Carlo, Italy and even Spain were all in the discussion but this just seemed like a great fit. Cannes is a vacation destination with amazing restaurants and shops that overlook the Mediterranean.” 

This year the WSOPE will include seven gold bracelet events, including a new split tournament that offers 9-handed, 6-handed and Heads-Up action on different days, and has the potential to be one of the biggest events ever held outside of the United States.

“With seven events there’s a distinct possibility that we will reach the prizepool numbers of the first four years in this one year alone,” said Palansky.

The WSOPE will also benefit from partnering with Barriere Casinos, which have a proven track record of running various tournaments in France. Barriere has already overlaid 100 seats into the WSOPE No-Limit Hold'em Main Event.

When asked whether the WSOPE would ever return to London, Palansky didn’t rule it out completely but did mention the capacity issues.

“We’re committed to Cannes for the next couple of years,” he said. “Capacity is an issue in London and we would either have to convince the regulators it’s OK to hold an event in a non-gaming establishment on a temporary basis or a location opens up that has more space.”

Since its inception in 2007 the WSOPE has awarded over £21 million and provided such memorable winners as Annette Obrestad, John Juanda and Barry Shulman. Last year James Bord outlasted 346 players to win a first place prize of $1.2 million.

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart was understandably excited about this year’s WSOPE in Cannes will bring to the poker world.

“We are hard at work putting the finishing touches on what we know will be an unbelievable event for all players,” said Stewart. 

“The locale is the best to ever host a WSOP event and with seven gold bracelets up for grabs and 70+ poker tables in play, we are confident this destination will become an annual stop for all the game’s greats.”

PokerListings will be out in full force for the duration of the series with 2011 WSOPE live updates, news, blogs, photos and interviews straight from the floor of the Casino Barrière de Cannes Croisette and the Hôtel Majestic Barrière.

Here is the complete schedule for all seven events that will take place at the 2011 WSOPE:

Date: Tournament: Buy-in:
Oct. 7, 2011 Event 1: 6-Handed Hold'em €2680
Oct. 8, 2011 Event 2: No-Limit Hold'em €1090
Oct. 10, 2011 Event 3: Pot-Limit Omaha €5300
Oct. 11, 2011 Event 4: Shootout Hold'em €3200
Oct. 12, 2011 Event 5: No-Limit Hold'em Split €10400
Oct. 13, 2011 Event 6: 6-Handed PLO €1620
Oct. 15, 2011  
Event 7: WSOPE Main Event €10400
Oct. 15, 2011 Ladies Event NLHE (non-bracelet)  

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