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WSOP Europe to Move to Berlin; November Nine Broadcast Ratings Drop

Martin Jacobson’s big win was not the only news that came out of Las Vegas on Tuesday. Directly following the conclusion of the November Nine final table, WSOP officials announced that the World Series of Poker Europe has a new home.

The new WSOP Europe will be held in Berlin, Germany and is expected to be one of the largest events in WSOPE history. The event is tentatively scheduled for October and will feature at least 10 bracelet events. While an official date has not been set, the event will run in conjunction with Oktoberfest, a potential selling point for some players.

This will be the third different venue for the WSOPE since its inception in 2007. Originally, the event was held in England but then moved to France in 2010. The last WSOP Europe was held in 2012. Lackluster performances at both the WSOPE and WSOP Asia-Pacific prompted officials to hold each event biannually with alternating years.

WSOP Final Draws 1.15 Million Viewers

Meanwhile, the ratings are in for Tuesday night’s Main Event final and 1.1 million viewers tuned in to watch Jacobson’s win. TV by the Numbers released the ratings for the top 100 shows on cable for Tuesday and the November Nine final ran around the middle of the pack.

Approximately 1.15 million viewers tuned in to watch the final three play for a bracelet, ranking the broadcast 54th out of 100. In the adult 18-49 demographic, the November Nine final drew a 0.4 rating, which was 57th out of 100.

Unfortunately, this year’s broadcast saw a 6.1% drop in ratings year-over-year. Last year’s broadcast drew 1.23 million viewers with a 0.5 rating for adults 18-49. Like last year, Sons of Anarchy, reruns of the Big Bang Theory, and episodes of Storage Wars all drew larger audiences.



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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.