WSOP Europe Kicks Off with the First Bracelet Given Away

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Last Updated: October 31, 2023

The 2023 edition of World Series of Europe kicked-off a few days ago at Europe’s premier poker venue, Kings Casino Rozvadov, with WSOP and GGPoker working in partnership to bring the World Series vibes to European players.

Like every year, the festival will be hosting a number of events, with 15 gold WSOP bracelets set to be given out between now and November 12, the final day of the 2023 WSOPE.

The festivities in Rozvadov started with Event #1 – €350 NLH Opener, which featured a gargantuan $1,000,000 guarantee. The event attracted 3,503 entries in total, almost a thousand more than last year, eventually awarding €110,000 in cold-hard cash to the champion.

The €550 PLO 8-Max and €1,350 Mini Main Event are now also underway, with hundreds of players entering the Day 1 fields and looking to create some record-breaking prize pools, with the Mini Main Event guaranteeing at least €2 million in payouts.

The first gold bracelet has already been given away, with Slovakian player Lukas Pazma capturing the first major trophy of his poker career.

Pazma Dominates an All-European Affair

When Event #1 finally reached its final table after multiple Day 1 flights and competitive Day 2 action, the final eight players all came from European Union countries, with Slovakia and Romania having two representatives each.

It was Slovakian Lukas Pazma who entered the final table as an overwhelming chip leader, holding more than a 2/1 chip lead over his closest competitor, continuing his recent good form after coming 3rd in WPT Prime Main Event in Lichtenstein just over a month ago.

Now, Pazma was determined to go all the way, and his big chip lead helped him cruise to victory, as it never seemed like the trophy could be slipping out of his hands.

When all was said and done, it was Pazma and Hungarian player Andras Balogh, who finished 7th in last year’s WSOPE Colossus event, heads up for the title.

In the end, it was simply meant to be for the Slovak, who took home €110,000 for his victory, while his opponent had to settle for a payout of €66,000, still a massive score considering the affordable €350 buy-in.

Millions in Prizes Over 15 Events

The WSOPE has only just started and there are some major events still left to play out in Rozvadov, with a few NLH tournaments thrown in the mix as well.

The €550 Colossus starts on November 1 and offers €1.5 million in guaranteed prize money, which means we should once again see over 3,000 players take to the tables.

On November 6, the $25k NLH GGMillion$ offers the first big buyi-n of the Series, with just a million guaranteed, but more than 40 entries certainly expected.

The popular mystery bounty format will also make an appearance in this year’s WSOPE, with the €1,100 Mystery Bounty event on the calendar for November 7, with a full million EUR guaranteed.

Mixed games fans will get their chance to shine in the €2,000 8-Game Mix event on November 8, while November 5 is the day for PLO lovers, as the €5k PLO event kicks off.

The crown jewel of WSOPE, the €10,350 Main Event is scheduled to start on November 10 and will offer the festival’s biggest guaranteed prize pool of €5,000,000, with hundreds of players expected to attend.

The €50k Diamond High Roller is also on the schedule, giving high stakes players one last chance to win a bracelet before the Main Event, with a million guaranteed in a single-day tournament on November 9.

The 2023 WSOPE will conclude on November 12 with a big €550 NLH Closer, which will offer a somewhat modest €200k guarantee, but also perhaps a more manageable playing field with fewer players to contest against.

Stay tuned for more news from the ongoing events and updates from Main Event and High Rollers that will be coming during the first two weeks of November.

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