Harrah’s Entertainment has officially announced the dates and places for the second European World Series of Poker event presented by Betfair. The 2008 edition of WSOP Europe will be held again in three Londoner clubs and international casinos, the same places where the maiden event was held last year – St. James (Fifty), Leicester Square (Empire Casino) and Marble Arch (Sportsman).
EWSOP 2008 begins September 19 and is held until October 1st 2008, but the exact days are still processing.
Betfair returns as the main sponsor of this event, and brings the champion on the main event EWSOP 2007, Annette “Annette_15” Oberstad from Norway as their professional poker player. The Internet star has proven that her online success was not a game and that she has managed to defeat the aces, including former winners of EWSOP, poker legends: Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Johnny Chan. Oberstad’s victory was worthed ₤1 million ($2,013,102), the biggest award ever to be won by a woman at poker. Oberstad is still too young to compete at the WSOP events in the United States, where the minimum age is 21, but she will compete at the London events in order to protect her title.
“It was a very long action range for Europeans last year”, said Jeffrey Pollack, World Series of Poker spokesman.”There are many, many talented players in the European Poker Comunity, and I think this fact has taken by surprise some of the world’s best poker players. I believe they have not forgotten what has happened last year and i think young players will carry a stronger battle in 2008.”
“Last year held an exceptional tour that defeated any expectation”, said David Yu, CEO, Betfair, and the qualification stages have already began on this site.