There are 155 cramped antonyms, and my favourite one is ‘roomy’. After a cramped September that saw our high rollers battle it out in London, and online in PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), and GGPoker’s GGSeries III, we have a roomy looking October.
One series stands alone on the schedule, but it has a healthy set of lungs. The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) returns to the King’s Resort in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic for the third year running, and it’s the type of schedule that will see high rollers contorting and convulsing in a crazed atavistic dance.
Five events carry a €25k+ billing with three at that exact price point, joined by a €100,000 and €250,000 event notwithstanding the €10,350 Main Event that will no doubt hand a tyrant a million euro score.
Here they are.
World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) High Roller Schedule
16 October: €250,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller.
18 October: €25,500 No-Limit Hold’em Short-Deck High Roller.
20 October: €25,500 No-Limit Hold’em Platinum High Roller.
21 October: €25,500 Mixed Games Championship.
23 October: €100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Diamond High Roller.
The €10,350 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event runs 25 October – 27 October.
Daniel Negreanu Fans Gain a Sweat as Kid Poker Tries For WSOP Player of the Year #3
An essential habit cultivated by all great players is to take time away from the game.
Daniel Negreanu has done that.
Kid Poker missed the Triton Million London, British Poker Open, partypoker MILLIONS Europe, European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona, and The Super High Roller Bowl London.
It’s the first time Negreanu has played at the King’s Resort in Rozvadov, and he will arrive with a vampiric thirst for the game. The Canadian star has already pledged a daily VLOG for his rampant followers and has offered action to a select few.
In the summer, Negreanu offered Low/Medium/High packages on his WSOP action to his loyal tribe, and the pieces sold out in three minutes. Unfortunately, technical gremlins meant Negreanu oversold his action leaving him looking like a scarecrow in a hurricane.
Negreanu has pledged to give those that missed out on his Vegas loot (he cashed for more than $2m to give everyone a healthy profit) a chance to buy pieces of his WSOPE action at zero markup.
Writing on Twitter, Negreanu estimates he will spend €1.2m on buy-ins during the festival as he attempts to become the only player to win the Player of the Year three times.
The WSOP POY Leaderboard has Negreanu pegged in third place. Shaun Deeb sits in second with Robert Campbell in charge. You sense the winner will emerge from this triumvirate.
Campbell cashed in nine events, making five final tables, and winning two bracelets. The Australian cashed for more than $680,000.
Deeb is the reigning WSOP POY Champion and the only player of the three with experience of competing in Rovzadov. Deeb cashed in four events last year, including finishing runner-up to Norbet Szécsi in the €1650 PLO/NLHE Mix.
After the WSOP, Deeb won the 115-entrant $25,500 No-Limit High Roller at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for $778,300. He is currently giving everyone hiccups in WCOOP winning his seventh and eighth titles. Deeb may enter WSOPE knackered, but he will have that winning feeling in his mucus.
Here is the leaderboard.
WSOP Player of the Year Leaderboard
- Robert Campbell – 3,418.78
- Shaun Deeb – 3,280.13
- Daniel Negreanu – 3,166.24
- Daniel Zack – 3,126.13
- Philip Hui – 2,881.67
- Jason Gooch – 2,643.72
- Joseph Cheong – 2,595,54
- David ‘ODB’ Baker – 2,480.06
- Chris Ferguson – 2,476.96
- Anthony Zinno – 2,443.22
In Other News
Outside of the WSOPE, the ARIA is hosting three $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em events on the 3, 4 and 5th October, building up to the Poker Masters in November.
Finally, the World Poker Tour (WPT) bestbet Bounty Scramble is joining the high roller club, hosting a $20,000 No-Limit High Roller on Thursday 10 October.