Since its inception in 2007, the World Series of Poker Europe has developed into a fine event that offers millions of euros. For evidence of this, consider that the 2011 WSOPE featured seven different tournaments and a collective €10.6 million in prize money. But while this is all nice, there’s one glaring weakness to the event: a total lack of Badugi!
The 2012 WSOPE schedule will unfortunately be void of any Badugi events once again. This is somewhat disappointing when you consider that there was at least some Badugi in this year’s WSOP. However, it’s also worth mentioning that there were 61 events in the 2012 WSOP, compared to just eight tournaments in the upcoming WSOPE.
High Roller Addition
In an effort to expand, WSOPE organizers recently added a €50,000 High Roller tournament. This is the biggest change to the schedule from last year and one that will no doubt attract plenty of big-time players such as Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Sam Trickett and Patrik Antonius. Asian billionaires Richard Yong and Paul Phua have already committed to the event. Yong is best known for finishing eighth in the $1 million buy-in WSOP Big One for One Drop ($1,237,333) while Phua often plays in huge Macau cash games.
With plenty of star players expected, the €50,000 High Roller is going to be broadcast in many European households through EuroSport. But despite all of the publicity, no bracelet will be given to the High Roller winner, thus making this the only non-bracelet event.
2012 WSOPE Schedule
This year’s WSOPE kicks off on September 21st, 2012 with a six-handed NL Hold’em tournament. And the culmination of bracelet events will be the €10,450 buy-in Main Event, which begins on September 29th. You can see the entire schedule below along with each event’s buy-in.
Event #1: Six-handed No-Limit Hold’em – Starts on September 21st, €2,500 + €200 buy-in
Event #2: No-Limit Hold’em – Starts on September 22nd, €1,000 + €100 buy-in
Event #3: Pot-Limit Omaha – Begins on September 24th, €5,000 + €300 buy-in
Event #4: No-Limit Hold’em Shootout – Starts on September 25th, €3,000 + €250 buy-in
Event #5: Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em – Begins on September 26th, €10,000 + €450 buy-in
Event #6: Six-handed Pot-Limit Omaha – Starts on September 27th, €1,500 + €150 buy-in
Event #7: No-Limit Hold’em Main Event – Begins on September 29th, €10,000 + €450 buy-in
Event #8: High Roller No-Limit Hold’em – Starts on October 2nd, €50,000 buy-in (Re-entry)
A Look Back on the 2011 WSOPE
Guillaume Humbert was the first big winner of last year’s WSOPE after he took down the Event #1 Six-handed NL Hold’em tournament along with €215,999. Azusa Maeda also earned a nice payout after finishing runner-up and collecting €133,471. In all, 36 players cashed and a collective €864,000 was paid out.
Another notable tournament was the Event #3 €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha tourney, which noted poker pro Steve Billirakis won; this was the Chicago native’s second career WSOP gold bracelet. Other famous pros who did well in Event #3 included Sam Trickett (4th, €77,642) and Eoghan O’Dea (9th, €21,221).
The Event #4 €3,200 NL Hold’em Shootout was another star-studded affair since a number of well-known players finished at the top. Tristan Wade led the pack after winning this tournament along with €182,048. Other top finishers were as follows: Michael Watson (2nd, €112,526), Bertrand Grospellier (5th, €47,763), Steve O’Dwyer (6th, €36,357), Taylor Paur (8th, €21,459) and James Dempsey (9th, €16,637).
Moving to the Event #5 €10,400 No-Limit Hold’em (Split) tournament, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi was victorious here. Mizrachi, who has over $14 million in career tourney winnings, added another €336,008 to his resume after winning this tournament. Other notable players who fared well in Event #5 included Shawn Buchanan (2nd, €207,624), Dan Fleyshman (T5th, €54,810) and Brian Hastings (T5th, €54,810).
One last event that’s worth discussing is of course the 2011 WSOPE Main Event. 594 players bought into this €10,400 tournament, which created a €5,692,800 prize pool. American Elio Fox earned €1.4 million when he won the Main Event, and Chris Moorman finished second and collected €800,000. Shawn Buchanan (6th, €200,000) and Jake Cody (7th, €150,000) were a couple of other big names who did well in this event.
Focusing on the present, it will be interesting to see how the 2012 WSOPE turns out. Hopefully the event continues to prosper so we see new tournaments introduced in the future, which would bring us closer to seeing Badugi.