WSOPE: Lights, camera, action as players return to Cannes

Almost 12 months have passed since Andrew Hinrichsen became the most recent Aussie to win a WSOP bracelet when he took out the €1000 No Limit Hold’em title at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe.

Australia will again be well represented when the sixth edition of WSOP Europe kicks-off in the stunning French resort town of Cannes tomorrow (Friday).

“We can’t wait to get back to Cannes for WSOP Europe. We truly believe 2012 is the year we accomplish our goal to make WSOPE the richest and most prestigious event on the European calendar,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said.

With seven gold bracelet events, plus an additional 69 side events and cash games, the action is expected to be non-stop, with a great mix of sun, fun and frolicking thrown in for good measure at the hotel that hosts the famed Cannes Film Festival.

Most of the biggest names in the game are expected to once again participate in 14 days of poker nirvana that is the WSOP European edition, voted as the best European poker event in 2011.

Once confined by physical space in London, WSOPE has been transformed into an autumnal festival of the game, with action spread across four distinct poker rooms, including the new dedicated salon for final tables.

The schedule this year has some very interesting events planned including a first-ever €50,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em High Rollers event with re-buys. This event has been added to start on October 2, and will play as a three-day, non-bracelet event, with registration open until the second level of play on day two.

The first two entrants verbally committing are Asian businessmen Richard Yong and Paul Phua, both who made their WSOP debuts earlier this year in the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop event in Las Vegas, where Yong made the final table.

The seven bracelet events offered include two six-handed events, the unique Mixed-Max event, a Shootout event, two Pot-Limit Omaha events, and of course the €10,000 buy-in five-day deep structured WSOP Europe Main Event kicking off on September 30.

Thanks to Barrière Poker, 100 seats have already been awarded to players for the €10,000 buy-in Main Event. Thus, players planning on participating should know there is already €1,000,000 in the prize pool (last year, the Main Event featured nearly €5.7 million in prize pool).

2012 WSOPE schedule

September 21

Event 1: €2700 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em (three-day event)

September 22

Event 2: €1100 No Limit Hold’em (two day one flights, four-day event)

September 24

Event 3: €5300 Pot Limit Omaha (three-day event)

September 25

Event 4: €3250 No Limit Hold’em Shootout (three-day event)

September 26

Event 5: €10,450 No Limit Hold’em Mixed Max (four-day event)

September 27

Event 6: €1650 Six-handed Pot Limit Omaha (three-day event)

September 29

Event 7: €10,450 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (two day one flights; six-day event)

October 2

Special event: €51,000 Majestic Super High Roller w/ Rebuys (three-day event; registration open until second level of day two; unlimited rebuys)

About WSOPE: Launched in 2007 by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, owner of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), the WSOPE is the first tournament extension of the world’s richest and most prestigious gaming event. WSOPE is now held in Cannes, France after four consecutive years in London, England. The WSOPE awards the same coveted gold bracelets that the WSOP awards annually in Las Vegas. In its first five years, WSOPE has awarded 23 gold bracelets, the first bracelets ever awarded outside the United States, of which a dozen different nations have claimed. A total of 6946 entrants have competed for $51,737,446 in prize money – more prize money than the first 22 WSOPs combined!

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