Berlin is the fourth city to host the World Series of Poker Europe, and the change in host is one of a number of big shifts players can expect from the 2015 WSOPE.
The series runs from October 8 to 24, with the Spielbank Berlin Casino in Germany playing host to 10 bracelet events during the eighth edition of the WSOPE. With the WSOP electing to put WSOP Asia-Pacific and WSOPE on an every-other-year rotation, the 10 bracelet events set to play out in Germany will be the first since October 2013.
Action kicks off on Thursday, October 8 with a €2,200 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em event, but the second bracelet event on the schedule is likely the biggest change of all. In the spirit of ‘The Colossus’, a $550 event that debuts this summer at the 2015 WSOP in Las Vegas, WSOPE Event 2 has been tabbed ‘The Oktoberfest’. This €550 buy-in event features four starting flights spread out over two days, scheduled for 10 am and 7 pm on October 9 and 10, and takes its name from the traditional festival that takes place just prior to the start of the 2015 WSOPE.
“Germany is truly a hotbed for poker talent,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “As home country to our reigning Player of the Year and 2011 World Champion, we look forward to discovering new names ready to perform on poker’s biggest stage. Berlin became a logical choice city for WSOP Europe given its proximity to all of Europe, the experienced management team at Spielbank, and the gap of time since a major poker tournament has come to the city. We believe this truly will be the best organized and contested WSOP Europe ever.”
“We look forward to this new edition of the WSOP Europe for the first time in Germany and specifically our property in central Berlin at the Spielbank Berlin (Casino),” said Marcel Langner, Spielbank Berlin Director of Operations. “It`s a great honor to host this event. We are sure all visitors will have a great time in Berlin. We will offer cash game and tournament play, as well as the Oktoberfest special to welcome our guests from all over the world. Welcome to Spielbank Berlin.”
The Main Event will once again feature two starting flights, on October 18 and 19, and a buy-in of €10,450. A €25,600 is the final event to start, although the final table of that event will take place on Friday, October 23 while the Main Event takes an off day prior to its final table.
Other schedule highlights include a €3,250 Eight Handed Pot Limit Omaha bracelet event, a €1,650 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em event and an €1,100 Turbo No Limit Hold’em event with two starting days. There’s also a second tournament with a €550 buy-in later in the schedule, only the other event at that price point is a Pot Limit Omaha event that takes place on October 15.
The WSOP’s last visit to Europe, which took place in 2013 just outside Paris, France, saw then-19 year old Adrian Mateos Diaz beat Fabrice Soulier heads-up to become the second-youngest bracelet-winner in history. The biggest highlight of the series happened the previous day, as Daniel Negreanu snatched 2013 WSOP Player of the Year honors and, eventually, the bracelet, in the High Roller.
According to the WSOP’s announcement Thursday, the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe will be televised worldwide, including an expectation that ESPN will cover the U.S. and international markets, with Sport1 airing the tournaemnt in Germany. All of the tournaments leading up to the Main Event will be live-streamed online.
|10/8/15||2 pm||Event 1: Six Handed No Limit Hold’em||€2,200|
|10/9/15||10 am||Event 2: The Oktoberfest (Flight A)||€550|
|10/9/15||7 pm||Event 2: The Oktoberfest (Flight B)||€550|
|10/10/15||10 am||Event 2: The Oktoberfest (Flight C)||€550|
|10/10/15||7 pm||Event 2: The Oktoberfest (Flight D)||€550|
|10/11/15||4 pm||Event 3: Eight Handed Pot Limit Omaha||€3,250|
|10/12/15||4 pm||Event 4: Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em||€1,650|
|10/13/15||4 pm||Event 5: Mixed Event||€2,200|
|10/14/15||4 pm||Event 6: No Limit Hold’em||€3,250|
|10/15/15||4 pm||Event 7: Pot Limit Omaha||€550|
|10/16/15||4 pm||Event 8: Turbo No Limit Hold’em with Re-Entry (Flight A)||€1,100|
|10/17/15||12 pm||Event 8: Turbo No Limit Hold’em with Re-Entry (Flight B)||€1,100|
|10/18/15||12 pm||Event 9: WSOP Europe Main Event (Flight A)||€10,450|
|10/19/15||12 pm||Event 9: WSOP Europe Main Event (Flight B)||€10,450|
|10/21/15||4 pm||Event 10: High Roller||€25,600|
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