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World Series of Poker Europe returns to King’s Casino

Tue, Feb 12, 12:21pm by Staff Writer

The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) will once again be returning to King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, according to Poker News.

10 official WSOP gold bracelets will be handed out at the event, with the 10,000 euro buy-in Main Event slated to run from October 25 to 30.

King’s Casino is renowned for its top-notch amenities and plenty of action in both tournaments and 24/7 cash games, with venue staff once again looking forward to hosting the prestigious event.

“We love hosting WSOP Europe and treating the game’s best players with our one-of-a-kind hospitality,” King’s Resort owner Leon Tsoukernik said.

“We hope players who have participate in WSOP Europe come back this year, and for those yet to make it out to King’s, we strongly encourage you to make plans to join us for Europe’s richest annual live poker festival,” he said.

The WSOPE is growing in popularity, with 6,028 entries over its 10-bracelet event schedule in 2018.

This grew the prize pool to nearly 21 million euros, with the Main Event dishing out just over 5 million euros alone.

Jack Sinclair defeated a field of 534 players to win the Main Event, his first gold bracelet and more than 1 million euros. This marked his second, seven-figure score on WSOP after finishing eighth in the 2017 WSOP Main Event for US$1.2 million.

“The past two WSOP Europe’s have been our best yet in terms of entries and prize pools in the dozen years we’ve held WSOPE,” WSOP Director Gregory Chochon said.

“King’s Resort is perfectly situated and convenient for Europeans to get to and we expect the 2019 edition to continue to deliver big prize pools and participation,” he said.

Kempe leads Player of the Year

This week’s Global Poker Index Player of the Year sees Rainer Kempe rise to the top of the standings after strong performances at the Aussie Millions and Caribbean Adventure.

Kempe cashed three times at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventured, taking fourth in a $25,000 Single Day High Roller won by Sean Winter.

He then captured two titled by winning the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller, then topping the field in a $10,200 Knockout Turbo event a few days later.

His winning ways continued at the Aussie Millions, where he took first place in the A$25,000 Challenge in Melbourne, with a fourth placed finish in the A$100,000 challenge won by Cary Katz.

All of that early season momentum has seen Kempe keep ahead of Jack Salter, who currently occupied second spot.

Salter cashed three times at the PCA and another five times at the Aussie Millions, with four final tables among those finishes.

Toby Lewis was one of the players who chopped that A$25,000 Challenge with Kempe, and he added other cashes and a title of his own in the A$50,000 Challenge to help him earn enough Player of the Year points to place third currently.

Danny Tang amassed several in-the-money finishes at the PCA and the Aussie Millions (including one title) to reach number four in the rankings.

The remainder of the top 10 consists of Bart Lybaert who won an event in the Bahamas and another in Melbourne, as well as Sam Greenwood, winning of the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PCA.

Rank Player 2019 GPI POY Score
1 Rainer Kempe 1610.25
2 Jack Salter 1463.21
3 Toby Lewis 1435.53
4 Danny Tang 1207.81
5 David Rheem 1160.97
6 Bart Lybaert 1046.17
7 Sam Greenwood 997.32
8 Farid Jattin 970.31
9 Pete Chan 951.92
10 Sean Legendre 944.00


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