Friday, October 16, 2015

2015 WSOP Europe So Far

The 2015 World Series of Poker Europe festival has been rolling along at the Spielbank Casino in Berlin for more than a week -- no shinola. They are now eight events into the 10-event schedule, with only the €10,450 Main Event and the €25,600 High Roller left to get going.

Aside from the €550 buy-in “Oktoberfest” tournament (Event No. 2), the turnouts have seemed modest-sized so far. Even so, there have been more entries and more euros at stake in Berlin than was the case at the last WSOPE that took place at the Casino Barrière in Enghien-les-Bains, France in October 2013.

Here’s a look at the turnouts and prize pools from the first six bracelet events at the 2013 WSOPE (all but the Main and High Roller):

  • No. 1: €1,100 Ladies NLHE -- 65 entries, €62,400 prize pool
  • No. 2: €1,100 NLHE Re-Entry -- 659 entries, €632,640
  • No. 3: €5,300 Mixed Max NLHE -- 140 entries, €672,000
  • No. 4: €1,650 PLO -- 184 entries, €270,480
  • No. 5: €2,200 NLHE -- 337 entries, €647,040
  • No. 6: €3,250 Mixed Max PLO -- 127 entries, €373,380
  • Here’s what’s happened so far through the first seven events at the 2015 WSOP (Event No. 8 has another starting flight on Saturday):
  • No. 1: €2,200 NLHE -- 197 entries, €382,180 prize pool
  • No. 2: €550 NLHE “Oktoberfest” -- 2,144 entries, €1,039,840
  • No. 3: €3,250 PLO 8-Max -- 161 entries, €468,510
  • No. 4: €1,650 NLHE “Monster Stack” -- 580 entries, €843,900
  • No. 5: €2,200 8-Game Mixed -- 113 entries, €219,220
  • No. 6: €3,250 NLHE -- 256 entries, €744,960
  • No. 7: €550 PLO -- 503 entries; €243,955
  • The offerings from each festival don’t exactly parallel each other, so it’s hard to compare individual events. Just adding up prize pools, the first six events of the 2013 WSOPE (all but the Main and HR) totaled €2,657,940 in prize pools. Meanwhile the first seven of the 2015 WSOPE have added up to €3,942,565 (boosted significantly by the big “Oktoberfest” crowd).

    Meanwhile there were 1,512 total entries for those first six 2013 WSOP prelims. Setting aside the “Oktoberfest,” there have been 1,810 total entries for the other prelims so far in Berlin (3,954 with the “Oktoberfest”).

    The Main Event and High Roller will earn most of the attention in Berlin -- indeed, that’ll probably be the first time a lot of folks bother to see what’s going on at the WSOPE. Thus will more comparisons be made between the turnouts at the Spielbank Casino and what was the case two years ago when 375 played the 2013 WSOPE Main Event (for a €3.6 million prize pool) and 80 played the High Roller (for a €1.92 million prize pool).

    Honestly, I have barely tuned in at all to any of the streams on Twitch. Perhaps it is my connection or browser, but Twitch very often gives me trouble with freezing, buffering, and cutting out, making it less than ideal for me. And I’m thinking the Main and High Roller may not be featured over there, anyway (I have to check). If not, I’ll try to fight it and watch some, or at least look in on the updates.

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