The next stop for the World Series of Poker Europe is Paris, which will become a hotspot for professional poker players between October 12th and 25th. Most of these poker pros will buy in directly for the main event, but those who can’t afford to pay the hefty buy-in, have an alternative. It is offered to them by The Casino at The Empire and The Rendezvous Casino Brighton which runs qualifiers starting on October 5.
The satellites will run for consecutive days and those who decide to buy in will only be set back £100+£10, while the winner can secure a massive WSOPE €10,000 Main Event Package. Plenty of players are expected to participate in these qualifiers, so the organisers announced that those who finished in 2nd to 5th place will also win a €1,000 Event Package for the World Series of Poker Europe.
The structure of these satellites favours experienced players, as the starting stack consists of 10,000 chips and the blinds increase every half an hour. At the end of Day 1, five players from each casino will qualify for the final table, which will start on October 6 at 8 PM and will be hosted by The Casino at The Empire. This was also the place where the first World Series of Poker Europe was held six years ago and back then it was Annette Obrestad who won the tournament and a place in history as the youngest recipient of a World Series of Poker bracelet.
This is not the first time that the series moves to France, as it was graciously hosted by Cannes in 2011, but for the first time ever, Paris will become a pit stop for the WSOPE. The buy-in for the main event consists of €10,450 but this seemingly prohibitive amount didn’t prevent 420 players to buy in at the previous edition. As a result, the prize pool exceeded €4 million and Phil Hellmuth was the main beneficiary as he won the tournament and the corresponding paycheque of €1 million.
The poker pro is probably more enthusiastic about the fact that his victory in Cannes brought him his 13th World Series of Poker bracelet and consolidated his position at the top of the standings. As for regular poker players, the prospect of sitting down at the same tables as iconic professionals and competing for a WSOP bracelet, makes potential payouts the icing on the cake. That’s why, The Casino at The Empire and The Rendezvous Casino Brighton’s satellites are bound to attract dozens ok players.