While many players are pleased with the location, some American pros have chosen not to make the long trip this year.
This includes Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu, who’ve yet to show at King’s Casino. But why are successful pros like Hellmuth and Negreanu skipping the WSOPE?
WSOP Europe Isn’t Economically Feasible for Everyone
The WSOP Las Vegas draws thousands of poker players ever year. It makes sense for tournament pros to attend, considering that they have access to 70+ events over one and a half months.
The WSOP Europe, on the other hand, doesn’t offer as much value trip-wise. North American players must travel thousands of miles for an event that only features 10 bracelet tournaments.
One reason why players might consider the WSOPE is because of the Player of the Year (POY) race. However, even Shaun Deeb, who’s firmly in the lead this year, was hesitant to visit Rozvadov just to seal his POY title.
“To be honest, it’s probably unprofitable for me to go there, when you consider the buy-ins and the travel expenses,” said Deeb.
“If it was strictly about money, I would never bother going there, but I really want to win POY, and this is the best shot I’ve had at doing it.”
What’s Up with Hellmuth and Negreanu Being Absent?
Phil Hellmuth is always looking to add to his record 15 WSOP bracelets. And Negreanu wouldn’t mind adding to his total of six bracelets either. Nevertheless, neither player is in attendance for the 10 bracelet events happening at King’s Casino.
Hellmuth tweeted that the trip is the main thing keeping him away:
“I believe that this is the first @WSOP WSOPE or WSOPA that I’ve missed since 1989. Love @PokerRoomKings, but long long flight from California!! It seems to take me 5 groggy days to adapt to Europe…If they have WSOPE in 2019, I will be there… #HardToMissWSOPE”
Negreanu has chosen to skip due to the poor year that’s he’s having, which saw him cash just five times at the WSOP Las Vegas. The $185,103 that he earned for these cashes pales in comparison to the $2 million in buy-ins he spent.