WSOP Europe Finds New Home In Rozvadov for 2017 & Beyond
London. Cannes. d'Enghien-les-Bains. Berlin.
The World Series of Poker Europe - the first global expansion of the WSOP brand that began in 2007 - has been fairly well travelled over the past 9 years.
Wherever its been, since 18-year-old Annette Obrestad's stunning £1,000,000 win in the first WSOPE in London the series has seen plenty of highlights -- although in past years has fallen a bit off the radar as a series of note.
Last year's event in Berlin, in fact, had some of the lowest numbers in its history. Which is likely a big part of the reason the WSOP announced this week it has signed a new multi-year deal with the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
10 Bracelet Events in 2017, 2019; Circuit Events Until 2021
The announcement came down this week that the WSOPE will have a "permanent" home for the near future - at least until 2019.
Already Europe's largest and best poker room, the King's Casino will host the WSOPE in both 2017 and 2019 with 10 gold bracelet events in each and €5,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools.
Both events will be held in the Fall.
The deal also includes two WSOP Circuit Events per year in 2018 and 2020 (one in the Fall, one in the Spring) and one WSOP Circuit event a year (in the Spring) in 2017, 2019 & 2021.
Las Vegas Style Space a Big Reason
A massive expansion of the King's Casino and its surrounding properties is also underway with plans to be finished by next year's event.
“We are honored to be holding such prestigious WSOP bracelet events," said King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik.
"By the time of the WSOPE next year people will discover an all-new version of the King's Casino. Not only are we adding 1,800 square meters of Las Vegas-style casino space with 40 more poker tables, we are opening an amazing new hotel with 218 additional rooms.
"The first three floors of the new building will be a four-star hotel while the fourth floor will be a five-star one with 18 luxury suites to accommodate even the most demanding of guests. The last floor of the new complex will be home to a fully-equipped wellness center with Jacuzzis, saunas, massage rooms and a fitness center."
World Series of Poker Executive Director Ty Stewart says the capacity of King's was a big reason they decided to lock in a long-term deal:
“I have really bought into Leon’s vision for creating a poker-first destination in Central Europe. The existing set up already reminds me of the Amazon Room at the Rio and it’s only going to get bigger.
"When the new hotel and the renovations are complete, and considering the way Leon and staff cater to poker players, this is going to be a very comfortable environment for a large festival such as ours.
"With King’s backing large guarantees and media coverage, we believe we have found a long term home for WSOPE to replicate the scale we enjoy in Las Vegas.”
Filmed for Television, Central to All Europe
Another couple of reasons to expect the WSOPE to draw well in the coming years?
Included in the deal is a broad and widespread plan for content distribution during events and each WSOP Europe Main Event will be filmed for television. All other events will have live updates and live stream coverage.
King’s Casino Rozvadov is also right near the German border between Prague and Munich, making it very easy for Europeans from all over the continent to come play poker.
The exact schedule of events is currently being planned and will be released at a later date. For more info, check WSOP.com.