Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em

Will Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Surpass Last Year's Record Field?

Andrew Hinrichsen after his win in 2011.

Yesterday, the sixth annual World Series of Poker Europe commenced at the Casino Barrière in Cannes, the second time the prestigious circuit has called the south of France home. Event #1: €2,700 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em kicked off the first of seven events, while the second—Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em—begins today!

This re-entry event features two starting flights, and given it’s the most affordable buy-in at this year’s WSOP Europe, the field is expected to big. Last year, this very event drew 771 entries, which made it the largest event in WSOP Europe history, surpassing the previous record of 608 entrants in the €1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event back in 2009. After three days of intense play, Andrew Hinrichsen defeated a final table that included Gianluca Sperana (2nd-€91,262), Roberto Romanello (5th-€37,874) and John Eames (7th-€22,449) to capture the €148,030 first-place prize.

Expectations are high headed into Event #2 and rumors are circulating that a new record could be set, though that won’t be determined until the end of Day 1b. Another question in the back of everybody’s mind is whether or not this will be the year Frenchman finally wins a bracelet in Europe? Twenty-three bracelets have been awarded over the previous five WSOP Europes, including one right here in France, but a Frenchman failed to capture a single one.

We expect a diversified field of pros and local amateurs to take to the felt at Noon CET, so join us then as we bring you all of the Event #1: €2,700 Six-Handed NLHE action from the floor of the Casino Barrière.

Former €1,000-€1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

YearPlayer# of PlayersPrize
2008Jesper Hougaard410€144,218
2009JP Kelly608€136,803
2010Scott Shelley582€133,857
2011Andrew Hinrichsen771€148,030


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