World Series of Poker Europe Kicks Off in London

WSOPE Starting To Heat Up in London

For the first time in World Series of Poker history, a gold bracelet will be awarded outside the casinos of Las Vegas. Taking place at The Casino at the Empire, the first WSOPE event is £2,500 HORSE. The player field is much smaller than those at the casinos in Las Vegas, with only 105 entrants for the tournament.

The action began with a press conference at a movie theater next door, and after the press conference, the poker began. The player field is predominantly professional players, making for a very difficult and highly skilled tournament.

The WSOPE HORSE tournament is different from the HORSE tournaments in the Las Vegas WSOP events, as each game runs for eight hands before switching to the next game, following the cycle of Holdem, Omaha, Razz, Seven Card Stud, and Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo.

After the first day of competition, the field of 105 had been narrowed down to 51. Among the first day casualties were Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Marcel Lüske, and Michael Mizrachi.

Kirk Morrison was the chip leader at 55,900 chips. Rounding out the top five were Jan Sorenson, Gary Jones, Jennifer Harman, and Pascal Perrault.

It will be fun to see who emerges from the tournament as the victor and dons the first WSOP bracelet won in an event outside of Las Vegas.

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