Schedule for 2012 WSOP Europe unveiled

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Mar 11, 2012 Posted in Tournament News, WSOP News | No Comments »

For the second straight year the World Series of Poker Europe tournament series will take place in Cannes on the French Riviera (a far better locale in the fall than dreary old London), and in 2012 the WSOP Europe will award seven bracelets according to the schedule released on Thursday by the WSOP.

After a successful first-run in Cannes in 2011 (after the WSOP Europe moved from its home in London, England for the first time in its history) Cannes looks to be the new home for Europe’s most famous tournament series, and the WSOP is looking to expand upon last year’s success by moving the series up a few weeks, when Cannes is still a tourist hotspot.

In a press release issued on the WSOP.com website WSOP vice president Ty Stewart stated: “We have moved up the schedule a couple of weeks to take better advantage of the great weather and all Cannes has to offer. Ask anyone who attended last year. This tournament is now a certified major championship and the experience is second to none. The media is already speculating on 1,000 players for the Main Event and we will be ready for them.”

Echoing Stewart’s comments was Alain Fabre, the CEO of the host Barrière Croisette Casino who said, “We are pleased to welcome back this event to the Cannes Barrière resort. The first edition of the WSOPE in Cannes was a great success, an award winning event that we took great pride in. We look forward to hosting the players again and will strive to make this ‘festival of poker’ even more fabulous.”

Here is a look at the 2012 WSOP Europe schedule, courtesy of the WSOP website:

* 9/21-9/23: Event 1 €2,500 + €200 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em

* 9/22-9/25: Event 2: €1,000 + €100 No Limit Hold’em (two starting days)

* 9/24-9/26: Event 3 €5,000 + €300 Pot Limit Omaha

* 9/25-9/27: Event 4 €3,000 + €250 No Limit Hold’em Shootout

* 9/26-9/28: Event 5 €10,000 + €450 Mix Max Hold’em Championship

* 9/27-9/29: Event 6: €1,500 + €150 Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha

* 9/29-10/4: Event 7: €10,000 + €250 buy-in WSOPE Main Event (two starting days)

Last year, American Elio Fox defeated poker superstar Chris Moorman to win the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event. Other players who made very deep runs in the 2011 WSOPE Main Event were Shawn Buchanan (6th place), Jake Cody (7th place), Patrik Antonius (9th place), Arnaud Mattern (10th place), John Duthie (18th place), and Erik Seidel (21st place).

Other WSOP Europe bracelet winners in 2011 included:

* Phillipe Boucher — Event #6: €1,620 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha

* Michael Mizrachi — Event #5: €10,400 No-Limit Hold’em (Split Format)

* Tristan Wade– Event #4: €3,200 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

* Steve Billirakis — Event #3: €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha

* Andrew Hinrichson — Event #2: €1,090 No-Limit Hold’em

* Guillaume Humbert — Event #1: €2,680 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em

For more information on the 2012 WSOP Europe you can visit www.wsop.com

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