Are you ready for the 2019 WSOP Europe series, which begins tomorrow in Rozvadov, Czech Republic? No? Yes? Maybe so? Not sure why you should even follow the series? I definitely think you should pay attention to the action at King’s Casino, and I’m going to give you three reasons why in this article.
WSOP Europe features 15 gold bracelet events, all of which (save for a €250,000 super-high roller) count toward the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race. If you attend the series, or follow the action here at CardsChat or on live-stream, you’ll catch many of the top players in the world in action, including Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, and others.
But why should you, a fan of poker, even care about WSOP Europe — a series that is, admittedly, second-tier compared to the main WSOP series in Las Vegas each summer? I’m going to answer that question for you right now.
Will Tony G Fight Back Against the GTO Bots?
Tony G is done with politics, at least for time being. So, he’s getting back to his poker roots. Recently on social media, the now former European Parliament member called his shot. He’s going to “fight back” against the GTO crushers and do some crushing of his own. Or, so he claims.
Antanas “Tony G” Guoga was a prominent figure in the game during the poker-boom era. He still plays cards, but has been serving in European politics in recent years, which has prevented the loud-mouth poker player from regularly grinding the high-stakes scene.
Now that his political career is over — or, at least on hold — he has more time to play poker. He claims he’s going to dominate the new-school grinders at WSOP Europe. Watch and see what happens.
Player of the Year to Be Determined at WSOP Europe
When the summer concluded, the WSOP Player of the Year race remained undetermined. A handful of players still have a legitimate shot, including the defending champion, Shaun Deeb. It all comes down to the 14 eligible tournaments at WSOP Europe.
Last year, Deeb held a sizable lead in the POY race heading to WSOP Europe. He easily won the award with four cashes in Rozvadov. This time, he’s facing stiffer competition in second place, with Robert Campbell holding a slim advantage.
Negreanu – a two-time POY winner – is right behind in third place, followed closely by Dan Zack, who led the race throughout much of the summer before falling back to the pack thanks to Campbell’s two bracelet wins.
Will Negreanu Finally Win Another Bracelet?
Negreanu hopes to win the POY title for the third time since 2004. That’s one of his main goals every summer. He also chases bracelets as fiercely as anyone. It’s been six years since he won his last piece of WSOP gold jewelry – a €25,600 high-roller event for €725,000.
“Kid Poker” has six career gold bracelets to go along with 125 cashes. It’s almost hard to believe he hasn’t won a WSOP title in six years. Will he finally end the drought over the next few weeks? Stay tuned to find out.