Betfair Poker have announced that they are once again presenting the World Series of Poker Europe in London this year. Between September 19th to October 1st the biggest names in global poker will descend on London for the richest and toughest tournament in Europe.
Just like last year, the event will be held across three locations, St. James (Fifty), Leicester Square (The Casino at the Empire) and Marble Arch (Sportsman). Presumably all regrouping for the final furlong again at the Empire, although that is yet to be confirmed.
"It was a clean sweep for the Europeans last year," said World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. "There are many, many talented players in the European poker community and I think it caught some of the world's best known poker players by surprise. It's safe to say the pros haven't forgotten about last year and the young guns should expect a tougher fight in 2008."
It was also a great year for Betfair Poker last time round. Not only did several Betfair qualifiers make it to the final table but two of their roster of sponsored pros, Annette Obrestad and Thomas Bihl, went on to claim the bracelets. No doubt all eyes will be on Annette this time round and on their new signing, Sorel Mizzi.
"Last year produced a fantastic tournament which exceeded all expectations," said David Yu, CEO, Betfair. "Online qualification for the 2008 event is already underway so we're expecting an even better contest this time around."
The schedule has not been confirmed as yet; however the time frame is very similar to last year, which would suggest that we are looking at potentially another £10,000 Hold'em Main Event, with a £5000 PLO and £2,500 HORSE event. It will be very interesting to see if that schedule is added to or tinkered with in any way shape or form. We will of course bring you news of the schedule as soon as it is released.
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