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World Series of Poker Europe Limps In

by Brendan Murray |  Published: Dec 01, 2012


By most indicators the World Series of Poker Europe 2012 was a bit of a damp squib. Numbers across the seven bracelet events in Cannes were down 30 percent to 1,831 in 2012 from 2,626 last year. Two championship events attracted less than 100 players with the pot-limit Omaha championship event numbers down by almost 50 percent. The main event saw numbers fall 30 percent to 420. British and Irish players stayed away in droves as did many French players who chose to travel to Dublin to play in a €550 buy-in shorthanded tournament rather than stay on home soil. People talk about the WSOP bracelets losing their allure now there are so many of them but this is unlikely — witness Phil Hellmuth’s joy at winning a record 13th bracelet for taking down the main event (see feature in this issue). What’s more probable is that the type and ...

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