World Series Poker Europa

Previewing the high-profile events at World Series of Poker Europe

With the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOP-E) currently taking place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, poker players are taking to the tables by the thousands for several preliminary events. But despite the drama of a contentious Player of the Year (POY) race led by Full Tilt villain Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, and yet another heads-up defeat for pro Allen Kessler with a gold bracelet on the line – the best is yet to come.The biannual 2017 WSOP-E schedule is highlighted by a pair of high-profile tournaments, both of which boast massive guaranteed prize pools.

 

€111,111 High Roller

Dedicated to the company One Drop, a special No-Limit Hold’em event held on Friday, November 3 which carries a €10 million guarantee. Following the model established by the WSOP proper, every initial entry will send €11,111 straight to One Drop, a charitable initiative devoted to increasing access to clean water throughout the developing world.

Making its first appearance at the WSOP-E, the High Roller for One Drop is by far the biggest buy-in tournament in series history, more than doubling the €51,000 Majestic High Roller from 2012. A few well-heeled businessmen will join pros with a bankroll to spare in this exclusive event, and judging by this summer’s $111,111 High Roller for One Drop at the WSOP in Las Vegas, they’ll be playing for an impressive seven-figure prize.

Doug Polk won his third gold bracelet in that one, bagging $3,686,865 for outlasting a 130-player field. Assuming the WSOP-E version attracts a field of similar size – and it should with unlimited re-entries – one fortunate grinder in Rozvadov will walk away with few million Euros, along with a WSOP-E bracelet for their trophy case.

 

€10,350 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event

The Main Event begins on Saturday, November 4 with the first of two starting flights. Spanning seven full days, the Main Event offers players two potential entries in total, so anybody eliminated on Day 1A can hop in Day 1B, or buy directly into Day 2.

The Main Event sports a guaranteed prize pool of €5 million, with €1 million guaranteed to the winner. At the last WSOP-E Main Event in 2015, American pro Kevin MacPhee survived a field of 313 to claim the €883,000 top prize.

It was in 2012, however, when the second coming of poker’s first major tournament made the big time. Phil Hellmuth secured his 13th career bracelet to extend his lead (now 14) in the all-time WSOP winners race while adding €1,022,376 for his third-largest lifetime cash. The “Poker Brat” is already in Rozvadov for the prelims, so he’ll surely be in attendance looking to double up on WSOP-E Main Event bracelets.