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World Series of Poker Europe

A grand entrance, and a style of play re-evaluation

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Nov 27, 2009


In late September, almost every great poker player on the planet descended upon the Empire Casino in London to try to win millions of dollars and a WSOPE (World Series of Poker Europe) bracelet. The poker world pretty much unanimously agreed that each of the four WSOPE bracelets would count as a coveted WSOP bracelet, and almost every great poker player wants bracelets, baby! The main event had a £10,000 buy-in, approximately $16,000, and first-place prize money was more than $1 million. I pulled my usual shenanigans and rode 10 blocks through the heart of London in a chariot, dressed as Caesar! It was pretty weird, and way over the top, to be riding through the streets with double-decker busses whizzing by, thousands of people on the streets snapping photos and wondering what was going on, and paparazzi running alongside me. Yes, I did feel a bit stupid, and I ...

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