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The 2015 World Series of Poker Europe kicks off this Thursday at the Spielbank Berlin Casino in Berlin. This is the first year the event is being held in Germany and organizers hope that the new venue will result in increased attendance and the largest prize pools in WSOP-E history.

This is the first time the WSOP-E has been held since the decision was made to hold international events on a two-year rotating basis. The WSOP Asia Pacific was held in 2014. This year’s event features new events along with staple events held annually. Also, the WSOP Player of the Year will be determined at this series, giving some players extra motivation to head to Berlin and compete.

Oktoberfest and Low Buy-In PLO Highlight Schedule

A couple of new events are on this year’s schedule. Event #2, €550 Oktoberfest NL Hold’em, should set a record for the highest attendance to date for a WSOP-E event. This event has two starting days with two flights on each day.

Event #7, €550 PL Omaha, is the lowest buy-in PL Omaha event in the history of the World Series of Poker. Expect this event to be well attended and to even set attendance records for PLO events at the WSOP-E.

Event #4 on Monday is the €1,650 Monster Stack. This is a new format for the WSOP-E and has proven popular in Vegas and should produce a solid crowd in Berlin. Event #8 is a €1,100 Turbo NL with Re-Entry. This is the first time a turbo event has been held at the WSOP Europe and it features two starting flights. It will give players an excellent last chance opportunity prior to the Main Event.

The first of two televised events begins on Oct 18 with the €10,450 WSOP-E Main Event. Adrian Mateos won the Main Event back in 2013 and should be on hand to defend his title.

The final event, the €25,600 High Roller, drew 80 players back in 2013. Daniel Negreanu won the event for his sixth career bracelet and will certainly defend his crown. Other players you can expect on hand for this event will include 2014 WSOP APAC High Roller champ Mike Leah, Dan Colman, Dan Shak, Jason Mercier, Phil Ivey and the standard cast of high rolling pros.

Can Gorodinsky Hang On to Win WSOP Player of the Year

Just 353.2 points separate first and fifth in the WSOP Player of the Year race with Mike Gorodinsky presently leading with 2,157.19 points. Brian Hastings made up a lot of ground during the Main Event in July and presently sits second with 1961.82.

Of course, you can really count anyone out that’s presently in the top five provided that they make the trek to Berlin to play. Paul Volpe is the only player in the top five who didn’t win an event this summer and he finished runner up in two events.

Don’t count out the bottom five as they still have an outside chance to catch up if they can catch fire and make a deep Main Event run. Phil Hellmuth jumped into the top 10 with a cash in the main event. He is a former WSOP-E champion and has the ability to go on a monster run during this series.

Looking at the top 10, expect Hastings and Shaun Deeb to have the best shot at putting together a run during the WSOP-E to overtake Gorodinsky.

Below is a chart for the top 10 for WSOP POY heading into the WSOP Europe.

1 Mike Gorodinsky 2,157.19
2 Brian Hastings 1,961.82
3 Anthony Zinno 1,942.72
4 Paul Volpe 1,889.46
5 Shaun Deeb 1,803.99
6 Ismael Bojang 1,563.32
7 Ralph Porter 1,548.79
8 Stephen Chidwick 1,541.79
9 Phil Hellmuth 1,534.33
10 Stuart Rutter 1,446.98

 

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James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.

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