Up for a October trip to Paris? If so, you’ll find plenty of poker players among your traveling companions, as World Series of Poker officials have released the 2013 WSOP Europe schedule, which includes seven bracelet events at a brand new venue in the Parisian ‘burbs.
This seventh edition of the WSOPE will be held October 12 through October 25, 2013 in Enghien-les-Bains, France, just about five miles (or eight kilometers) outside Paris. The venue will be a convention center associated with the town’s Barriere casino (Casino Barrière d’Enghien-les-Bains), a century-old gambling club. The old club itself lacks the capacity for the hundred or more tables needed for the event, which is why the majority of the action takes place at the “Pergola Nova” convention center across the street.
So what’s new for WSOPE VII? Tournament officials have announced a “High Rollers” no-limit hold’em event with a €25,600 buy-in (about US $34,200), in addition to the €10,000 + €450 main event, and a genuine, European-style €1,000 + €100 no-limit donkament to kick off the French activities.
All told, the bracelet events include five no-limit hold’em and two pot-limit Omaha tourneys, the only types of tournament poker that can be played under French law. One each of the NLHE and PLO tournaments will use the new “mixed-max” format, with changing numbers of players at the tables on different days.
Will the new Barriere property become a permanent home for the WSOPE? That’s another one of the questions in search of an answer. The WSOPE has experienced a nomadic first few years, moving from London to Cannes and then on to Paris, all while experiencing growing attendance throughout.
Dozens of satellite events and cash-game action will also be available at the 2013 WSOPE. The complete day-by-day schedule of events is available here, courtesy of the WSOPE, with additional information to be published soon on the WSOP.com site.