With the explosive growth of poker in the US and now the world, it only made sense that the World Series of Poker would expand further into Europe. This year marks the first ever World Series of Poker Europe. Interestingly enough, more than half the final table at the 2007 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas were born or resided outside the United States. This event will mark the first time that a WSOP bracelet will be awarded outside of Las Vegas.
The new poker series will be held at three casinos operated by London Clubs International – Fifty, The Casino at The Empire and the Sportsman.
WSOP 2007 Europe – Empire casino leicester square poker
The inaugural WSOP Europe will be held across three Casinos in the centre on London, with the final stages being played out at the brand new Casino at the Empire situated in London’s tourist epicentre, Leicester Square.
The Casino at The Empire will also be the host casino for a two-day, £5,000 (approximately $9,800 U.S.) Pot-Limit Omaha tournament starting September 8.
On September 10, the WSOP Europe Main Event – a six-day, £10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold’Em Championship – will begin at The Casino at The Empire, The Sportsman and Fifty. The playing field will be consolidated beginning September 13 at The Casino at The Empire.
Empire casino leicester square
London’s largest casino opened after a long closure and Vegas flair meets the best of West End dining at one of London’s largest and most vibrant new venues in Leicester Square. The Casino at The Empire includes two modern restaurants, a destination bar, a fun boutique ice creamery, a nightclub, a dedicated poker room and a VIP area over 50,000sq.ft on the former site of the Empire ballroom. The main body of the casino offers 30 gaming tables, a private poker room with it’s own bar accommodating up to 81 players and state-of-the-art electronic gaming machines. During the World Series of Poker Europe the poker room will be extended to accommodate up to 180 players. If you’re a complete beginner you’d be advised to book in for a free lesson
which take place every evening.
This magnificent, landmark venue with its colorful history and rich heritage has always endeavored to take gaming and entertainment to a new level. First opened in 1827 by a flamboyant entrepreneur of the day, the casino at 50 St James Street was designed by the fashionable architect Benjamin Wyatt, and quickly became known as “the Ascot of gambling” or “the most talked about gambling hall in the most talked about street in the most talked about city in the world.” Fifty upholds these exacting aesthetic values and high standards of service and in the spirit of the original architects one of the world’s most talented interior designers, Jeffrey Beers, injected new life into a wonderful old building. We enjoy the services of a top chef, the internationally celebrated Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who has enjoyed a career preparing epicurean dishes for the great and the good and we have London’s best barman Salvatore Calabrese serving up the finest cocktails.
Fifty offers not just a spectacular gaming room and excellent private gambling facilities, but also four floors of sophisticated, upscale bars and restaurants and a club lounge, Fifty Below where the ambience and décor complements gamblers and non-gamblers alike.
The Sportsman Casino
The Sportsman is a world-class gaming facility located in the thriving West End of London, combining classic style with a modern ambience to create the perfect members club.
The Sportsman offers traditional casino gaming – American Roulette, Blackjack, Punto Banco, Progressive Poker, Casino Stud Poker, Slot Machines & Dice. There are two relaxing bars to drink in. The Casino Bar allows you take a break from the action and have a drink, tasty snack and a chat, whilst the Sports bar shows the latest sporting events live and includes table service for your convenience. For a more formal atmosphere, the gourmet international restaurant is open until 3am and serves a huge breakfast after midnight.
London has been named the hottest poker destination in Europe. London offers a diversity of Vegas Style games available, from home games to high profile tournaments, as well as for the enthusiasm with which the capital has embraced the game.
London has 24 casinos, not to mention countless card rooms dotted around the city, as well as exciting new casino,
The Empire in Leicester Square, that opened with a star-studded bash just last month. The WSOP Europe a European version of the World Series of Poker is set to come to London this autumn – further cements the city’s reputation as the premier poker destination in Europe. The city will host the London leg of the European Poker Tour and the Grosvenor Poker Tour Grand Final as one of the biggest tournaments in Europe.