King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic hosted the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe. And the event turned out to be such a success that the WSOP wants to make this site a permanent location for the WSOP Europe.
King’s Casino held 10 bracelet tournaments from Oct. 11 to Nov. 2 last year. This event was highlighted by tourneys such as the €1,100 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em, €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller, €111,111 High Roller for One Drop, and €10,300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event
Leon Tsoukernik, owner of King’s Casino Rozvadov, commented on the event. And he referenced Allen Kessler, a long-time poker pro who’s openly critical whenever he doesn’t like a poker series.
“By all measures, our inaugural WSOP Europe was a great success – even Allen Kessler was pleased,” said Tsoukernik.
“Now that King’s Casino is firmly established as Europe’s most popular poker venue, we have doubled down and have made a bigger commitment to bring WSOP Europe to Rozvadov annually.”
WSOP Europe Has Finally Found a Home in Rozvadov
The WSOP has had no trouble with their annual event held in Las Vegas. But they’ve had much more difficulty with their European series, which began in 2007 in London. The event has since changed cities multiple times, making stops in Cannes, Berlin, Paris, and now Rozvadov.
Rural Czech Republic seems like the unlikeliest permanent location, when compared to major cities that previously hosted the event. But perhaps the key ingredient is Tsoukernik, who’s an avid poker player himself. He has $2,783,323 in career tournament winnings and frequently plays high stakes cash games too.
WSOP Officials Very Pleased with Czech Republic
Ty Stewart, executive director of the WSOP, is excited that the tournament organization’s long search for a quality non-US destination has finally come to an end.
“We have long searched for a great venue and host for WSOP Europe and we believe we’ve finally found it,” said Stewart. “King’s Casino has been a terrific host and with their expansion complete, we’re pleased to commit to holding WSOP Europe annually each October in Rozvadov.”
The WSOP Europe had gone to a bi-annual event. But they’re now making it an annual occasion, with the 2018 WSOP Europe set to take place in Rozvadov.