We’re not saying that bigger is always better, but the sheer scale of Europe’s largest poker tournaments has to be seen to be believed.
While more and more people are now playing online, our global poker review has found that many gamers still love to play this card game in-person as part of prestigious competitions. So here’s a quick overview of the biggest and best poker tournaments in Europe.
The World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) is truly the king of European poker tournaments. Not only does it feature some eye-watering prize pools, but the calibre of play frequently outstrips that of other competitions. Buy-ins at World Series of Poker contests range from €350 for basic no-limit Hold’em opener events to €50,000 for a no-limit Hold’em Diamond High Roller contest.
Previous incarnations of the WSOPE have seen multi-million euro prize pools and each year attracts hundreds of thousands of gamers who try and win the cash and the legendary gold bracelet. The 2022 WSOPE is currently taking place at the luxurious King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
This features a staggering €12 million guaranteed prize pool and there are 15 WSOP gold bracelets to be won before the tournament concludes on 16 November. As a result, WSOPE should easily be able to maintain its current position of being the biggest poker tournament in Europe.
The European Poker Tour has been around since 2004 and is now owned by the PokerStars online gaming brand. Players will be competing in events in various European cities ranging from Copenhagen and London to Barcelona and San Remo in a bid to make it through to the grand final in Monte Carlo.
The most recent European Poker Tour Main Event took place this October in London. This saw the British gamer, Ian Hamilton, picking up prize money of $744,128. There were 749 entrants into the event and the no-limit tournament featured a £5,300 buy-in. The next stop takes place at King’s Casino in Prague in December where buy-ins will range from €1,100 to an impressive €50,000.
You’ll probably know that Unibet is one of the best online poker sites, and so it’s no surprise that the brand would host some of the most popular poker tournaments in Europe. The Unibet Open is actually a series of €1,000 poker tournaments and the annual event just enjoyed its 15th anniversary in Malta where the Danish player, Henrik Juncker, won the first prize of €75,000.
The Unibet Open has been running since 2007 and its Main Event contests have taken place everywhere from Tallinn to the Algarve. A big part of the appeal of the Unibet Open is the fact that amateurs can take part alongside pro players. So be sure to join in the fun the next time that the Unibet Open comes around!
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