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World Series Of Poker Europe Starts Friday

Poker Players Invade South Of France For 2011 WSOP Europe

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The French Riviera city of Cannes usually evokes images of expensive shopping, luxury vacations, celebrity sightings, and of course, the annual Cannes Film Festival. From tomorrow, it will also become associated with the World Series of Poker Europe as the highly anticipated festival pulls into the Casino Barrière de Cannes Croisette for its French debut.

This is the first time that the WSOPE has been held outside of London and with the move comes a few changes. The hop across the English Channel ensures a currency change from sterling to euro, the festival itself was moved forward from September to October, and it is said the new facility will allow for double the capacity with a planned 75 concurrent poker tables.

Most importantly, the number of bracelet events has increased from five to seven plus there will also be two non-bracelet events; the €550 buy-in ladies event and the Caesars Cup.

Here is the WSOP Europe 2011 schedule:

Event #1 Friday, Oct 7: six-handed no-limit hold’em (three days) — €2,680 buy-in
Event #2 Saturday Oct 8: no-limit hold’em (five days) — €1,090 buy-in
Event #3 Monday Oct 10: pot-limit Omaha (three days) — €5,300 buy-in
Event #4 Tuesday Oct 11: no-limit hold’em shootout (three days) — €3,200 buy-in (new)
Event #5 Wednesday Oct 12: no-limit hold’em split format (four days) — €10,400 buy-in
Event #6 Thursday Oct 13: six-handed pot-limit Omaha (three days) — €1,620 buy-in
Event #7 Saturday Oct 15: WSOPE main event championship (five days) — €10,400 buy-in
Saturday Oct 15: no-limit hold’em ladies event (non-bracelet, one day) — €550 buy-in
Wednesday Oct 19: Caesars Cup (non-bracelet, team event, one day) — Freeroll

As seen above, a €1,620 buy-in three-day six-handed pot-limit Omaha event and a €3,200 buy-in three-day no-limit hold’em shootout have been added to this year’s schedule. The £10,350 High Roller heads-up event from last year has become a €10,400 buy-in no-limit hold’em split format. The four-day event will start off nine-handed, change to sixhanded on the second day, and on days three and four players will go heads up.

The €10,400 buy-in main event kicks off on Oct. 15 and runs for five days (it ran for six last year). James Bord became the 2010 champion after he beat 346 players in London for the first-place prize of £830,401. In 2009, Card Player publisher Barry Shulman took home the title after beating Daniel Negreanu in a dramatic heads up for the £801,603 top prize.

New poker champions may be born over the next two weeks, or perhaps the more experienced pros will be successful in adding to their bracelet collections. Stay with Card Player throughout to find out who the seven players worthy of a WSOP bracelet are, and of course whether or not the Americas can take revenge for their loss versus Europe the last time the Caesars Cup was held, in 2009.