The winner of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event at King’s Casino in Rozvadov will walk away with at least €1m.
As of today the overall prize pool for the Main Event was upped to €5m, according to a release from organizers at King’s Casino.
Casino reps said the €10,300 buy-in event had garnered enough early interest to justify boosting the prize pool to $5m. That boost was enough to guarantee the eventual winner at least €1m.
This year marks the first time the WSOPE has been held at King’s Casino, which has quickly become a major hub for poker in Europe with over 160 tables. The festival will run from Oct. 19-Nov. 10 with 11 bracelet events.
Big Buzz for One Drop High Roller
The WSOPE Main Event isn’t the only tournament drawing some serious interest months before its set to take place.
King’s Casino CEO Leon Tsoukernik mentioned there have been nearly 100 deposits for the massive €111,111 buy-in WSOPE High Roller for One Drop event.
The field will be capped at 111 players so Tsoukernik recommends poker pros register soon if they want to get in on the action. There’s a good chance it will be the biggest non-invitational high roller ever held in Europe.
If players miss out on the €111k One Drop event there’s still the €25,000 High Roller that has proven to be a very popular event on the WSOPE schedule.
There’s also plenty of options available for players on smaller bankroll side of things with a €1,100 Monster Stack tournament to kick things as well as a €550 Colossus and a €550 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament.
WSOPE to Settle 2017 WSOP Player of the Year
The WSOPE also represents the last chance for poker pros to snag points for the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year.
Chris “Jesus” Ferguson currently leads the race with 898 points but Ryan Hughes (876 points) and John Monnette (865 points) aren’t that far behind.
Even Daniel Negreanu (717 points) could potentially surpass Ferguson with an impressive showing at the WSOPE.
Interestingly Negreanu clinched his last WSOP POY title at the 2013 WSOPE when he was able to pass Matthew Ashton in one of the final tournaments of the year.
Negreanu will have more to make up this year, however, as he trails Ferguson by nearly 200 points so he would need a minor miracle in Rozvadov.
Here’s a complete look at the schedule for the 2017 WSOPE:
€1,100 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em – €500,000 Guarantee – 3 starting flights – re-entry next flight
Oct. 19, 20, 21
€550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max – 2 starting flights –re-entry
Oct. 23, 24
€1,100 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (1-day event) Every player is €500 bounty – re-entry
€1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed – single re-entry
€550 Colossus No-Limit Hold’em – €2,000,000 Guarantee (10 starting flights) one re-entry per flight
Oct. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
€2,200 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed – unlimited re-entry
€1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better –re-entry
€1,100 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em – €500,000 Guarantee — 2 starting flights – re-entry
Nov. 1, 2
€25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller – re-entry
€111,111 High Roller for One Drop – €10,000,000 Guarantee – re-entry (111 player cap)
€10,350 WSOP Europe Main Event – €5,000,000 Guarantee – 2 starting flights – single re-entry