BLUFF’s Definitive Guide to 2013 WSOP Europe

Lance Bradley

For the second time in the seven year history of the World Series of Poker Europe, the event is on the move. After two years in the south of France it will be the suburbs of Paris playing host to this two-week series, which will take place over 15 days from October 11 through October 25.

The series expands for the second consecutive year with eight bracelets on the line, including the first one ever awarded for a Ladies event outside of Las Vegas. As the players fight it out for money, the prestige of the bracelet and the last points available in a still wide-open WSOP Player of the Year race, there will be plenty of questions — about the new venue, the tournament schedule, and what the city of Paris has to offer. That’s where BLUFF comes in.

The Host Casino

Casino Barriere in Enghein-les-Bains
3 Avenue Belt – 95880 Enghein-les-Bains
+33 (0) 1 39 34 13 17

Travel Tips

Taxi service from Charles de Gaulle is around 25 minutes.

Train service from Paris is 15 minutes from Gare du Nord to Enghien-les-Bains. Take H Line (Ligne H) in Zone 4.

Pro Tip: Check out for train and travel information.

Best Places to Rest Your Head

Barrier Hotel du Lac — All of the 134 rooms and seven suites have a balcony view of either the lake or the garden starting at €106 per night. The hotel also houses the Spark Spa and the Fitspark gym.
+33 (0) 970 821 030

Grand Barriere Hotel — The luxurious hotel provides an intimate experience with just 37 rooms that range from €106 to €139 per night. Six suites are available starting at €279 per night.
+33 (0) 970 821 013

Hotel Villa Marie-Louise — This quaint historical hotel is minutes away from the casino and features single rooms for €69 per night to an apartment that can accommodate up to four people for €145 per night.
+33 (0)1 39 64 82 21

Several furnished apartments are available for rent in the area. The Enghien-les-Bains tourism office website keeps a list of available units ranging in price from €90 per night and €500 per week for those wishing to have a more immersive experience.
+33 1 34 12 41 15

The Schedule

Event 1 — €1,100 – Ladies Only No Limit Hold’em – October 11

Event 2 — €1,100 – No Limit Hold’em Re-entry – October 12 & 13

Event 3 — €5,300 – Mixed Max No Limit Hold’em – October 14

Event 4 — €1,650 – Pot Limit Omaha – October 15

Event 5 — €2,200 – No Limit Hold’em Nine-Handed – October 16

Event 6 — €3,250 – Mixed Max Pot Limit Omaha – October 17

Event 7 — €10,450 – No Limit Hold’em Main Event – October 19 &20

Event 8 — €25,600 – No Limit Hold’em High Roller – October 22

Five Things to Do While You’re in Paris

It can’t be all about the poker, right? If you’ve traveled to one of the world’s most amazing cities, you’re going to want to find a way to do some other things. We’ve come up with five things that you can do during that 15-day stretch.

Jay Z
October 17 & 18 – Palais Omnisport de Bercy
From $60 and up

What better place to see Jay Z than in Paris? Sadly Kanye West, his partner in crime in “The Throne” and their hit “N***** in Paris,” isn’t scheduled to appear, but Jay’s scheduled to perform for two consecutive nights.

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Bastia
October 19 – Parc des Princes

Paris Saint-Germain is a top-flight soccer club and they’re the defending champions in Ligue 1, France’s top division. Their lone home match during WSOP Europe brings Bastia to the Parc des Princes in an early-season showdown.

Eiffel Tower
Open 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, and one of the most must-see stops in the city. If your free time’s limited, make sure to mark one event on your calendar — the WSOP is going to be holding a party at the Eiffel Tower while they’re in town.

The Louvre
Open every day except Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun); 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. (Wed and Fri)

The Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums and boasts the highest annual attendance with more than 8 million visitors a year. It serves as the home of some of the most famous works of art in human history, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.

Vendanges de Montmartre 2013
October 9-13

Can you really spend more than a few days in France without exploring what their wines are like? The Vendanges de Montmartre is a harvest festival that celebrates the local vineyards and, in addition to all of the wine tastings, there will be gourmet food, art and even a fireworks show on October 12.


The Café du Lac Restaurant — Traditional French cuisine.

The 85 Restaurant & Bar — Healthy, gourmet menu.

The Pearl’s Restaurant — No jeans or sneakers. Las Vegas feel. Chairs and small tables for salads, grilled dishes.

Baccarat — No jeans or sneakers. Spacious, upscale restaurant with traditional fine cuisine. Has extended bar and Baccarat Lounge for light meal.

Best Place to Get a Drink Near the Casino

Baccarat Bar — Casual

The Pearl’s Bar — Casual

The Chestnut Bar Salon des Princes — Elegant

Le Café Barrière — Casual, featuring teas, gourmet chocolates and cocktails.

Best Place to Distract Your Significant Other

If you’re, ahem, lucky enough to bring along your significant other to Paris you’re going to need to find a way to keep her busy while you’re grinding away at the felt.

Spark Spa — An upscale spa attached to the Grand Hotel featuring an infinity pool, beauty and facial treatments, a hairdresser, saunas and steam rooms. Day packages and time packages are available.

Get Your Workout In

Fitspark — Located right inside the Grand Hotel Barriere, this state-of-the-art gym features treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines and free weights for guests to keep in shape. If you’re into yoga or pilates they offer group classes for those as well.

Top French Players

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier

Lifetime Earnings: $12,001,516
WSOP Bracelets: 1
Wins: 7
Final Tables: 41
Notable Accomplishment: Poker Triple Crown winner

Roger Hairabedian

Lifetime Earnings: $3,277,483
WSOP Bracelets: 1
Wins: 9
Final Tables: 49
Notable Accomplishment: Winner of 2012 WSOP Europe Event 3 — 5,000€ PLO

Fabrice Soulier

Lifetime Earnings: $3,585,367
WSOP Bracelets: 1
Wins: 8
Final Tables: 31
Notable Accomplishment: Winner 2011 WSOP Event 37 — $10,000 HORSE

Bruno Fitoussi

Lifetime Earnings: $2,416,987
WSOP Bracelets: 0
Wins: 0
Final Tables: 10
Notable Accomplishment: Runner-up 2007 WSOP Event 39 — $10,000 World Championship HORSE

Ludovic Lacay

Lifetime Earnings: $2,918,718
WSOP Bracelets: 0
Wins: 1
Final Tables: 7
Notable Accomplishment: Winner 2009 EPT San Remo

Antony Lellouche

Lifetime Earnings: $1,658,657
WSOP Bracelets: 0
Wins: 1
Final Tables: 15
Notable Accomplishment: Runner-up 2008 EPT San Remo

David Benyamine

Lifetime Earnings: $5,774,527
WSOP Bracelets: 1
Wins: 4
Final Tables: 27
Notable Accomplishment: Poker Triple Crown winner

Antoine Saout

Lifetime Earnings: $3,896,609
WSOP Bracelets: 0
Wins: 0
Final Tables: 5
Notable Accomplishment: 3rd — 2009 WSOP Main Event

Arnaud Mattern

Lifetime Earnings: $1,601,679
WSOP Bracelets: 0
Wins: 2
Final Tables: 8
Notable Accomplishment — Winner EPT Prague 2007

Nicolas Levi

Lifetime Earnings: $1,589,989
WSOP Bracelets: 0
Wins: 0
Final Tables: 15
Notable Accomplishment: 3rd — 2010 WSOP Europe Main Event

Where to watch NFL games

These bars are all in Paris city proper, but if you have a free Sunday there are definitely a few spots to check out to watch the NFL games live.

Wide Open Spaces Bar
184 Rue Saint Jacques, 75005 Paris, France
Phone – 01 78 90 41 24

You wouldn’t expect to find a Green Bay Packers bar in the middle of Paris, but that’s exactly what you have in the Wide Open Spaces Bar. They’ll be showing a few different games from the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. slates.

The Fifth Bar
62 rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris
Phone – 01 78 90 20 10

The Players
161 rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris
Phone – 01 78 90 30 31

Where Are You Gonna Celebrate?

If you’re one of the eight players lucky enough to snag a bracelet at WSOP Europe, you have to find the right place to celebrate. So where should you go?

142 rue Montmartre

The most exclusive club in Paris is Silencio, designed by David Lynch. Yes, that David Lynch, the American director of “Mulholland Drive,” “Twin Peaks,” “The Elephant Man” and “Blue Velvet,” among other credits, has put his personal touch on the go-to nightlife destination of the biggest celebrities in the world.

Crazy Horse
12 ave George V

The world-famous Crazy Horse provides another way to celebrate your newfound riches — by having a drink, relaxing and enjoying the most famous burlesque show in the world.

Some French poker lingo

To bet: Miser
I bet: Je mise
To raise: Relancer
I raise: Je reliance
To call: Payer
I call: Je paie
To fold: Passer
I fold: Je passé
All in: Tapis
Donkey: Pigeon
Douchebag/A**hole/Idiot: Trou du cul, Imbécile, Crétin, Idiot

By the Numbers

8: Bracelets awarded at the 2013 WSOP Europe. For the first time in Europe, bracelets will be awarded to the winner of the Ladies event along with the €25,000 High Roller.

30: Bracelets awarded during the first six editions of WSOP Europe. There has yet to be a two-time WSOPE bracelet winner.

8: WSOPE bracelet winners with WSOP bracelet wins from Las Vegas: Jesper Hougaard, John Juanda, J.P. Kelly, Barry Shulman, Jeff Lisandro, Michael Mizrachi, Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Hellmuth.

1: Times the WSOP Player of the Year leader has lost their lead due to results from WSOP Europe.  Phil Hellmuth’s Main Event win in 2012 catapulted him past Greg Merson and into the top spot. Merson’s win in the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas also gave him the WSOP POY title.

2: Variations of poker allowed in France, Hold’em and Omaha.

14: Distance in kilometers from the Champs-Elysees in Paris to the Casino Barriere in Enghien-les-Bains.

351: Average number of players in the WSOPE Main Event the four years the event was held in London.

506: Average number of players in the WSOPE Main Event the past two years in Cannes.

20,282: Price of a WSOP Europe Main Event seat cost in 2007. The expected price for a 2013 WSOPE Main Event seat is 14,000 U.S. dollars.

October 2013