Poker fans around the world are spoiled for choice right now with the European Poker Tour (EPT) London Main Event approaching a thrilling conclusion, the EPT London High Roller in full swing and later today the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe festival kicks off in Paris.
At 6 p.m local time, the first of eight WSOPE events — seven of which are bracelet events — commences when the €1,100 No Limit Hold’em Ladies Event opens its doors and prepares to award the first WSOP bracelet in the French capital. Some of the world’s best female players are set to turn out for the opening event, including Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree.
From October 11 through October 25, the Casino Barriere d’Enghien-les-Bains hosts a €1,100 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry event, the popular €5,300 Mixed-Max event and a €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha tournament. Also on the schedule are a €2,200 No Limit Hold’em event, the first-ever Mixed-Max Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, the €10,450 Main Event and a €25,600 High Roller.
The Mixed-Max events see players start at full ring tables and, as each day progresses, the tables are reduced to six-max and then finally heads-up. No other poker festival has attempted to use this exciting format with Pot Limit Omaha, but it should be a fantastic spectacle.
At the 2012 WSOPE, it was Phil Hellmuth who stole the headlines when he won his 13th WSOP bracelet in the WSOPE Main Event, becoming the only player in history to have won a WSOP and WSOPE Main Event. Hellmuth topped a talented final table that was the home to Sergii Baranov, Stephane Albertini, Joseph Cheong, Christopher Brammer, Paul Tedeschi, Stephane Girault and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier.
Hellmuth has already declared he is heading Paris in an attempt to defend his title, and if you believe Hellmuth’s hype, he should have no problems in doing so.
PokerNews’ Rich Ryan is in Paris and when he is not feasting on the fine Parisian cuisine, Ryan will bring you some superb feature pieces from the 2013 WSOPE so be sure to keep your browsers locked to UK & Ireland PokerNews for the next two weeks.