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Officials announce dates for WSOP Europe
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. announced today that the WSOPE will take place Sept. 19 to Oct. 1 this year. The schedule of events is still being finalized, but like those of the inaugural WSOPE in 2007, they will take place in London at Fifty, The Casino at the Empire and Sportsman locations.
"We look forward to again serving as hosts for this prestigious event," said Michael Silberling, London Clubs International COO. "A first class tournament at our first class properties promises to bring out the best poker players in the world."
David Yu, CEO of Betfair, the World Series of Poker Europe's primary sponsor, said last year's events produced a fantastic tournament that exceeded all expectations.
The inaugural WSOPE featured three events: £5,000 H.O.R.S.E., £5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha and £10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event.
The H.O.R.S.E. event was won by Thomas Bihl, from Germany, and Dario Alioto from Italy took down the Pot-Limit Omaha event.
However, it was the 19-year-old Norwegian Annette Obrestad who made the biggest impression in London as she won the Main Event. Not only did it make her the youngest WSOP bracelet winner, she was also the first female to win a £10,000 WSOP event.
"It was a clean sweep for the Europeans last year," said WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. "There are many, many talented players in the European poker community and I think it caught some of the world's best known poker players by surprise. It's safe to say the pros haven't forgotten about last year and the young guns should expect a tougher fight in 2008."
According to Yu, online qualifiers for the 2008 WSOPE are already available at Betfair Poker.
For as little as $5+50¢, players at Betfair Poker can work their way up to the WSOPE Main Event satellites that will award two $23,000 prize packages that include the buy-in for the London Main Event as well as money for travel and accommodation.