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On Sept. 26, 2017, Steven "SvZff" van Zadelhoff won the 2017 World Championship of Online PokerMain Event, besting a field of 2,183 entries who put up $5,200 each. The 38-year-old Dutchman, currently residing in Malta, earned the biggest score of his 15-year poker career and cashed an astonishing$1,624,502. We caught up with Van Zadelhoff and talked about his victory and goals for the near future.PokerNews: First of all, congratulations! How did the WCOOP go? How were your results before the Main Event?Steven van Zadelhoff: It wasn't going great before the Main Event started. I had dropped about $40,000 in the weeks before, which can happen when you play the WCOOP. That played a role in selling off a large percentage of my WCOOP Main Event. Although I was behind, I did feel great coming into the Main Event and was excited to play it. Day 2 of the tournament was probably the most ridiculous online poker day for me ever. I went from around a stack worth $10,000 to a stack worth around $1.1 million in equity. That’s totally ridiculous!You've been around for such a long time and have booked many great results. Yet, this moment, in this tournament, being this deep, and then having this kind of fortune at your side, this is what you never experienced before. How did that make you feel?It's a dream. It's truly a dream. I've been around for awhile (Van Zadelhoff has been a professional poker player for 15 years), but that doesn't mean I felt I deserved this kind of success. I've had a couple of years where I wasn't as good as I am now, and my results reflected that.Steven van Zadelhoff at the 2017 World Series of PokerIn the past few years, I've worked really hard. Due to all the hard work, I'm convinced I have a strong edge in nearly all the tournaments I'm playing nowadays. When you have that feeling, that's when you're hoping for a nice success. But to achieve this victory, that's ridiculously awesome.To be fair, nobody deserves this, literally. You can't have worked hard enough in poker to deserve one million in equity. It's impossible. Even when you're the best in the world. It's simply ridiculous."YOU CAN'T HAVE WORKED HARD ENOUGH IN POKER TO DESERVE ONE MILLION IN EQUITY."The first day went okay, then from there on you went on a tear towards the final table. Did the tension get to you on your way there?I didn't feel any tension at all because of the mental process I've been through. Even if I would've lost the last coin flip of the tournament and lost around half a million in equity in the process, it happens. It happens in your career, and it will happen again. Obviously, I was hoping it wouldn't happen in this case.The tensest spot was near the final table when I flopped bottom set. The most dangerous opponent at the table, who had position on me, bluffed off around 8-9 million. It was a spot where I expected to be good often, but it would've gotten tense after that had he turned over a better hand.After that pot, it got far less exciting. With the massive chip lead, your chances at the title get a lot bigger, and the chance you fail also gets a lot smaller as there's not one single pot that can end it all. That takes away quite a bit of the tension. Having the chip lead is something I can recommend to everyone.You finished off the second day with a monster chip lead. How was the period between that and the start of the final table? When we talked on Whatsapp, you had just realized you had sold and swapped more than intended. You weren't happy, to say the least.I was finished for the day and slept around 5 to 6 hours. When I woke up, I found out I swapped more than I intended to. That was a massive blow.How did you find out? Did somebody tell you: "Hey, did you get my percentage too?"Shortly after waking up, I realized I might not have booked a swap in properly. I went to my computer to check it, then saw a Skype message from somebody else that I had also swapped a piece with. I looked back at my list and realized my mistake right away. I made the mistake earlier when I was in a stressful situation and ended up booking the swaps in.It is as it is, although it took me several hours to get over it. I've made many mistakes in the past and negative thoughts started creeping in. Thoughts like 'not being worth it', which is not part of a healthy learning process."WHEN I WOKE UP, I FOUND OUT I SWAPPED MORE THAN I INTENDED TO. THAT WAS A MASSIVE BLOW."I called Kenny [Hallaert] and several other people, which helped me a lot. Then I had a mental coaching session with Jared Tendler to get my head straight again. After that, I laid down for half an hour and felt great again. It definitely added to my attitude being "F*ck it! I'm going for everything now!"The big payjumps at the end seemingly didn't matter to you, as you even made the classic "winner takes all?" joke. Was there no deal consideration on your part?No, that wasn't going to happen. The title was more important to me than the money, also because I had a relatively low percentage of myself. I didn't want to give up equity as I was the one putting them under pressure. With my massive chip lead, I had a chance like no other to use it. I don't think the other players would ever give me a deal that would reflect what I had in mind. They probably had to offer me $100,000 more than ICM for me to consider it.In the final hand, you held ace-jack against ace-deuce and flopped a jack. On the turn, it was already over. What was it like after that?I let out a big victory cry and got a ton of messages. My friends in Malta had a bottle of champagne waiting in town and I visited them shortly after. In the following days, I received some national Dutch media coverage as big news outlets picked up on it. FollowShirley Ang @poolshirThis is how we celebrate big wins! About 2.4 million in WCOOP 2017 cashes here at the table! @svzff #DutchiesInMalta#TeamViking #Shots7:48 AM - Sep 27, 2017 66 Replies  88 Retweets  146146 likesTwitter Ads info and privacyHas it led to anything else besides media attention?I've got a lot of requests and actually had to cancel some interviews because I simply didn't have the time for it. Sponsor-wise, I haven't gotten an offer yet, but that's not easy to get these days. If partypoker would come along, that would be amazing. I'd love wearing a partypoker patch for the next few years and I'm convinced I could be a good ambassador for them.Anyway, I'm here, I'm visible, and if they think the same way, they know where to find me. If it doesn't happen, that's fine as well, as I can focus optimally on my own game.Speaking of focusing on your game: when Kenny Hallaert reached the WSOP Main Event final table last year, he received coaching from Fedor Holz. You're very close friends with Hallaert and was in the audience when he made the November Nine. Did Hallaert's coaching from Holz help your game in any way?I've heard from Kenny what they talked about and, obviously. That helped my game a bit as well. These are concepts that have also been taught by Steffen Sontheimer, for example, who broke through this year. Kenny's results have improved dramatically after the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table, where the coaching played a big role. Part of that knowledge got passed on to me.It's not just that, though. I've also watched countless videos and talked about an insane number of hands with a lot of players. Basically, I'm stalking everybody to talk about hands. There's also a lot of mathematics involved. Come to think of it, it almost feels like a job.Kenny Hallaert hugs Steven van Zadelhoff upon making the 2016 WSOP Main Event November Nine. (c) Drew Amato.With all that work and now a big result, no retirement plans yet?No, I have to keep going for a while, but that's no punishment. I simply love doing this. I'll keep doing what I'm doing and I have faith I'm up for a couple of great years with hopefully some big victories down the line. I'd love to win a WSOP bracelet, for example. The next step would be to move towards financial independence. That is, if I'm not screwing it up, of course, which I'm prone to do from time to time."I'M READY TO CRUSH SOME LIVE TOURNAMENTS!"Will poker keep being your main focus? Or are you just putting everything in Bitcoin?I've invested some in Bitcoin before they made these recent jumps, so I'm at a nice plus there. It's not like I invested in it two years ago, but I have some money in it. I'll also remain on Malta for the foreseeable future; I've found my success setup and should keep up with the routines.I've promised Kenny I'd travel with him to the Aussie Millions in January if I'd make a big victory. Obviously, Kenny texted me the day after the win: "Can I book it yet?" That means I'll be going back to Australia. I'll also be in Punta Cana for the partypoker Carribean Poker Party and am looking really forward to that. I'm ready to crush some live tournaments!Thank you, Steven, we'll be seeing you there!Nice! We'll have a celebratory beer!WCOOP-79-H: $5,200 NLHE Main Event Final Table ResultsPlacePlayerCountryPrize1Steven "SvZff" van ZadelhoffMalta$1,624,5022Joshua "joshuah333" HermanCanada$1,173,7133Bernardo "Machadada RS" RochaBrazil$848,0164Alexandre "Cavalito" MantovaniBrazil$612,6975JeremiieLandAustria$442,6776Georgios "Geokarak" KarakousisUnited Kingdom$319,8387Heikki "Kekkhou" PiiraFinland$231,0858romanooo64Thailand$166,9619Michael "imluckbox" AddamoThailand$120,630Also worth checking out are Steven van Zadelhoff's video with ‘bencb789’ where they talk about the most important hands from the WCOOP victory, and the poker podcast with Joe Ingram.View image on Twitter FollowKenny Hallaert ✔@SpaceyFCBLooking at this pic and the results of the last couple of weeks.Which player wasn't paying attention when @CrownUpGuy was giving coaching?6:36 AM - Sep 27, 2017 55 Replies  11 Retweet  5656 likes

The 2017 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) began Thursday afternoon at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The series, featuring 11 bracelet events which factor into the WSOP Player of the Year standings, will run from Oct. 19 to Nov. 10.WSOPE Begins With the Monster StackThe series kicked off its first of 11 WSOP gold bracelet events Thursday, Oct. 19, with the first opening flight of the WSOPE €1,100 Monster Stack. The tournament, which features a €500,000 guaranteed prize pool, has two additional opening flights are scheduled for Oct. 20-21.As the name of the event suggests, the tournament is a deep-stacked affair with players beginning the opening flights with 20,000 in chips and blinds increase every 40 minutes.John RacenerPlayers bagging chips will compete for two more days on Oct. 22-23 with blinds increasing every 60 minutes until a winner is declared. Thus far, the tournament has attracted big names including Chris Ferguson, Jeff Lisandro and John Racener.PokerNews will be on hand to cover all of the WSOPE gold-bracelet events. You can follow the coverage of the Monster Stack as it unfolds here.Main Event Caps Off the FestivalThe final gold bracelet to be awarded will be to the winner of the WSOPE €10,350 Main Event, which features a generous €5 million guaranteed prize pool.Players start off with 50,000 in chips with blinds increasing every 90 minutes on each of the two opening flights on Nov. 4-5. Players will have plenty of chances to bag a big stack thanks to both the deep structure as well as being allowed to re-enter once on Day 1b if eliminated.In addition, players that entered for the first time on Day 1b can re-enter until late registration closes before play begins on Day 2. Players bagging chips on Day 2 on Nov. 6 will compete for four more days from Nov. 7-10 until someone wins the coveted bracelet.Other Big EventsTwo other big events on the schedule with huge guarantees include the WSOPE €550 The Collussusfrom Oct. 27 to Nov. 2 with a €2 million guaranteed prize pool, and the WSOPE €111,111 High Roller for One Drop from Nov. 3-5 with a ginormous €10 million guarantee.WSOP Europe Bracelet Event ScheduleDateTimeEventBuy-inGuaranteeOct. 192 p.m.Event #1A: No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack€1,100€500,000Oct. 202 p.m.Event #1B: No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack€1,100€500,000Oct. 212 p.m.Event #1C: No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack€1,100€500,000Oct. 232 p.m.Event #2A: Pot-Limit Omaha€550 Oct. 242 p.m.Event #2B: Pot-Limit Omaha€550 Oct. 253 p.m.Event #3: No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo BOUNTY€1,100 Oct. 263 p.m.Event #4: No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed€1,650 Oct. 2712 p.m.Event #5A: The Colossus No-Limit Hold'em€550€2,000,000Oct. 276 p.m.Event #5B: The Colossus No-Limit Hold'em€550€2,000,000Oct. 2812 p.m.Event #5C: The Colossus No-Limit Hold'em€550€2,000,000Oct. 282 p.m.Event #6: Pot-Limit Omaha€2,200 Oct. 286 p.m.Event #5D: The Colossus No-Limit Hold'em€550€2,000,000Oct. 2912 p.m.Event #5E: The Colossus No-Limit Hold'em€550€2,000,000Oct. 296 p.m.Event #5F: The Colossus No-Limit Hold'em€550€2,000,000Oct. 3012 p.m.Event #5G: The Colossus No-Limit Hold'em€550€2,000,000Oct. 3012 p.m.Event #5H: The Colossus No-Limit Hold'em€550€2,000,000Oct. 3112 p.m.Event #5I: The Colossus No-Limit Hold'em€550€2,000,000Oct. 312 p.m.Event #7: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better€1,650 Oct. 316 p.m.Event #5J: The Colossus No-Limit Hold'em€550€2,000,000Nov. 12 p.m.Event 8A: Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em€1,100€500,000Nov. 13 p.m.Event #9: No-Limit Hold'em High Roller€25,000 Nov. 22 p.m.Event #8B: Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em€1,100€500,000Nov. 32 p.m.Event #10: High Roller for One Drop€111,111€10,000,000Nov. 412 p.m.Event #11A: No-Limit Hold'em Main Event€10,300€5,000,000Nov. 512 p.m.Event #11B: No-Limit Hold'em Main Event€10,300€5,000,000

Nearly everyone learns and teaches poker in the same way. I think there's a better way. Decide for yourself.I learned poker — and I suspect you probably did, too — by starting with the poker hands. That is, we begin on the poker path by first learning what beats what.We teach new players that a pair beats no pair, two pair beats a pair, three of a kind beats two pair, and so on all the way up to a royal flush. We might print out the hands for easy reference while they are playing their first game.Then we typically teach how the cards are dealt (differently for different variations of the game). After that we teach how to ante, what the blinds are, and other essentials of betting, checking, raising, calling, and folding.This method surely works. Poker is not that hard of a game to teach, and newcomers generally learn how to play this way well enough, often within just 10-15 minutes or so.But I think this way of teaching poker is wrong! Or at least it obscures what is the most important aspect of the game.Consider for a moment what the essence of poker is. What makes it different from all the other card games? It's the betting, isn't it?Bridge, gin rummy, Go Fish, hearts — these are all card games with a strategy that involves the playing of the cards. Though you might play these games for money, they are not about the money, nor is money an fundamental part of the game. In these games, any money wagered is incidental to the correct strategy.By contrast, poker is a betting game played with cards. In fact, if you think about it, the cards themselves are really incidental to the game, which is essentially a contest that is focused on the money.Even if you play poker only for chips (as I did when I was a child), the game still is all about the money substitute — the accumulation of chips. Take away the chips and the money, and poker is really no game at all.The way we teach poker should reflect that. I say start with the betting, not the hand rankings. Yes, start with the betting even for the very young and completely inexperienced.Here's what I do.Set aside the five-card game of poker initially. Instead teach one-card poker. You can call it "poker war," because it's really just the game of "War" played for money.You remember War, don't you? It was probably the first card game you learned. I was taught it when I was five. It's absolutely the simplest card game there is.Take a deck and split it in half. Let your opponent pick one half, and you take the other. You each turn over a card, and the high card wins both cards. Turn over the next card, and the high card wins both cards. And so on. That's pretty much it.If you both turn over cards of equal rank, you deal three more cards to each player and then turn over the fourth, and the high card wins all of the cards. You keep this up until one player has all the cards. Pretty simple.With "poker war," you start the same way. You each get half the deck, but you also each get an equal stack of chips. Before you turn over a card, one player puts in one chip and the other player puts in two chips.You then follow the same rules of betting as in no-limit hold'em. You may call or fold or raise — as little as two chips or as much as you have in your stack. If you want you can also teach the betting as it is in stud games or limit games, with antes and bets of fixed amounts.The key is that you are teaching the betting first, in this case with the players betting on a single card. If there's a showdown, the high card wins. If a player folds and there's no showdown, the last aggressor who wasn't called wins. If there's a tie you split the pot. You start with two players and you expand it to as many players as are learning.Once players understand the basic rules of betting, you explain and demonstrate basic strategy. You explain what a tight strategy is, and you give some examples by showing how one might decide to only bet with an ace. You explain the limitations of that strategy, telling how it would soon be detected by an opponent who would then refuse to call any bet you made, but who would bet every hand to win the antes.You would then demonstrate bluffing and how someone might win some pots without the strongest hand simply by betting strongly and getting his opponent to fold his hand — even to fold a better hand. You'd then discuss the problems of bluffing too much and how opponents would learn to call your hand even when they weren't very strong.You could then demonstrate a loose-aggressive strategy, a wild strategy, a calling station strategy, and so on. New players would first learn to understand betting strategies without thinking about the more complicated five-card hands and the resulting situations that arise when you are considering Only after the new players played "poker war" for a while and began to understand betting would you introduce the complexity of a five-card hand and the dealing of a game that presents the hand in stages with betting rounds in between. In this way they would understand the hands in the context of the betting, helping them grasp the importance of betting first rather than initially focusing on the absolute strength of their hand.Then you'd teach them how the five-card hand would be assembled. For example, if the game is hold'em, you'd explain the two hole cards, the flop, the turn, and the river, and how a five-card hand is made from the best available among the seven total. First betting, then hands, and then dealing. That's the order in which I teach new players how to play poker.I have never known anyone who couldn't eventually figure out the ranking of the hands in poker. It is not hard even for the slowest among us. But I have known many poker players — even relatively smart ones — who get stuck on thinking far too much about the absolute value of their cards and fail to recognize the essential betting truth that winning at poker depends more on how you bet your hand than what that hand actually is.That lesson — the absolute importance of the betting that surrounds the cards — is much more easily grasped, I have found, when teaching new players first about the betting of poker rather than the hand rankings.Maybe you disagree. Now you have a different method to try out so you can see for yourself.

After four years in the U.K., the World Series of Poker Europe found a new home in France from 2011-13, followed by a stop in Germany in 2015. After the addition of the WSOP Asia-Pacific in 2013, the two series began to alternate years with WSOP Asia-Pacific in 2014, WSOPE in 2015, and a year off for both tours in 2016. The WSOPE is back in 2017 with a stop at King’s Casino in Rozvadoz, Czech Republic, from Oct. 19 – Nov. 10.The series will award 11 bracelets and celebrates 10 the 10-year anniversary of the first series in Europe. PokerNews will be the official live reporting outlet for the event. Here’s a look at some of the series’ highlights through the second half of its history. If you missed Part I, you can check that out here.2011 (Cannes)Vive le France! For those with an appreciation of fine wines and cuisine, also seeking some big-time poker, the WSOPE was the perfect getaway beginning in the fall of 2011. The international series moved to the Majestic Barrière and Le Croisette Casino Barrière in Cannes.The city is home to the world-famous film festival held each May since 1946. Movies would not be on the minds of those at this festival, however, as bracelets were the top prize — seven of them in fact, as the series offered its highest number of bracelets to date. Switzerland’s Guillaume Humbertclaimed the first on French soil, winning the first event, a €2,680 Six Handed No Limit Hold'em event, for €215,999 (360 entrants). Event No. 2 €1,090 No Limit Hold'em attracted 771 players and was won by Australia’s Andrew Hinrichsen for €148,030.In the next three events, it would be a nice run by Americans: Steve Billirakis of Hampshire, Ill. earned his second bracelet in the €5,300 Pot Limit Omaha event; Tristan Wade of Boynton Beach, Fla. won his first bracelet in the €3,200 No Limit Hold'em Shootout; and another Floridian, Michael Mizrachi, added the second of his three bracelets in the €10,400 No Limit Hold'em (Split Format). The split format involved Day 1 freeze-out action followed by six-max action on Day 2 with heads-up play on Days 3 and 4.In Event No. 6, Canadian Philippe Boucher broke the Americans’ streak by winning the €1,620 Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha tournament. Boucher bested a field of 339 players for a nice payday of €124,584.When the Main Event got underway, WSOP officials were pleased to see the largest turnout for the European version to date. At a final table that included Jake Cody, Max Silver and Shawn Buchanan, it would be New York’s Elio Fox and England’s Chris Moorman battling it out for the title. Fox was chip leader when final table play began and would go on to claim the bracelet and a massive payday of €1.4 million.While no Frenchmen claimed a bracelet, Barbara Martinez won the non-bracelet ladies event to provide a bit of solace for the host country. With big turnouts and big payouts, no doubt the French version of the WSOP Europe was a success. The move not only made for a change of scenery — and some nice restaurants — but also seemed to reinvigorate the series.2012 (Cannes)Antonio Esfandiari Wins Third BraceletThe Majestic Barrière and Le Croisette Barrière casinos played host again in 2012. French players could cheer their first bracelet on home soil when Roger Hairabedian collected gold in the series’ third event, the €5,300 Pot Limit Omaha event. He outlasted 96 other players for a €142,590 payday. Another Frenchman followed suit when Giovanni Rosadoni won Event No. 4: €3,250 No Limit Hold'em Shootout for €107,614.However, it was the success of some of poker’s biggest names that brought major headlines. Antonio Esfandiari notched his third bracelet in the second event, €1,100 No Limit Hold'em, for a score of €126,207. It continued a huge run for Esfandiari, fresh off winning his second bracelet and more than $18 million in the first Big One for One Drop in Las Vegas. A few other big final table finishes made an almost $20 million year for The Magician. The One Drop and a dream trip to France made for a banner 2012.“It was a dream come true,” Esfandiari recalls of winning the One Drop before heading to Europe. “I distinctly remember the ceremony before the tournament where I told my father I was going to win that bracelet for him. My intention was very clear. Once in a while dreams come true. Mine did. No matter what happens for the rest of my life I will always have that moment. Winning the WSOP Europe bracelet a couple of months later was just icing on the cake. I was already on cloud nine from the One Drop.“It was a great tournament located in the heart of south of France – one of the best places in the world to be! The French know their food. Being a huge foodie you can imagine how much I enjoyed it.”"IT WAS A HUGE WIN FOR MY CAREER." — PHIL HELLMUTHThe Main Event brought poker history. Fresh off his first non-hold’em bracelet that summer at the WSOP in Vegas ($2,500 Seven-Card Razz event for $182,793), Phil Hellmuth topped 420 players to earn one of the biggest paydays of his career – €1,022,376 ($1.35 million). The win also secured the 13th of his 14 bracelets.“It was a huge win for my career,” Hellmuth says. “First, to win my first non-Hold'em bracelet earlier in the year was huge, then to back it up with one of the most prestigious bracelets – the most prestigious WSOPE bracelet – was amazing. After three second-place finishes in 2011 at the WSOP, to come back with two wins let the world know that not only hadn't I faded, but that I was the hottest player on the planet in 2011-12.”Hellmuth, who recently released his autobiography “Poker Brat,” held a commanding lead when he reached heads-up play against Ukrainian Sergei Baranov. He clinched the title when his  held up over his opponent’s . According to Hellmuth, Baranov had a premonition early in the tournament about their heads-up battle.“It was mind-boggling that Sergei, whom I had never heard of, came up to me the night before the WSOPE Main Event and said, ‘You will finish first, and I will finish second in the Main Event,’” says Hellmuth. “Yeah right! There were 450 players. After Day 1, he repeated his wild prediction. Same after Day 2, 3, and 4. When we hit the final table together, I was in disbelief, but by then I was a believer. But I knew I needed to play great until the end, otherwise it probably wouldn't happen. Sure enough, we got heads-up. Freaky! Then I won, and he finished second.”2013 (Cannes)The series expanded again to eight events, and some big names again flexed some strong skills at the tables in France. Australian Jackie Glazier kickstarted the bracelet fun with the first €1,100 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em event. She topped a field of 65 for the €21,850 first prize. In the first open event, Sweden’s Henrik Johansson took down the €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry (659 entries) for €129,700 — his first and only WSOP cash.Another European followed when France’s Darko Stojanovic won €5,300 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em for €188,160. Stojanovic won a heads-up battle with New York’s Dan O’Brien, who also finished second in a preliminary event in 2012. In Event No. 4 €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha, 2012 November Niner Jeremy Ausmus won his first bracelet after coming close several times.After taking his first bracelet in 2012 in Pot Limit Omaha, France’s Roger Hairabedian made it back-to-back when he took the fifth event, this time in €2,200 No-Limit Hold’em, for €148,820 after defeating Erik Seidel heads up."WHAT'S BETTER THAN BOTTOM OF THE NINTH, BASES LOADED … AND YOU JUST GOT TO WIN? I LOVE IT."The Main Event brought a look into the future of poker when Spain’s 19-year-old poker sensation Adrián Mateos topped 375 players to win his first bracelet. Mateos has become one of the hottest players in the game and went on to win his second and third bracelets in Las Vegas in 2016 and 2017, becoming the youngest in history to win three.A new €25,600 High Roller No-Limit Hold’emevent closed the series and brought in 80 players for one last shot at a bracelet and a payday of €725,000. Ultimately, Daniel Negreanu earned his sixth bracelet after also winning the WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event that April for over $1 million. Negreanu needed a final table appearance in Europe to secure the 2013 Player of the Year title.“I love drama!" Negreanu said after the win. “What's better than bottom of the ninth, bases loaded … and you just got to win? I love it.”The win in France capped a monster year from Kid Poker, who also notched runner-up finishes on the EPT and at the WSOP in Vegas as well as a few other six-figure scores.2015 (Berlin)After the 2013 event, the WSOPE was altered to rotate years with the WSOP Asia-Pacific. The European series didn’t return until 2015 and with a new location – the Spielbank Casino in Berlin, Germany. The event brought 10 bracelet events and Greece’s Makarios Avramidis became the first player to win one on German soil when he took down €2,200 Six Handed No Limit Hold'em for €105,000.The second event, the €550 The Oktoberfest No Limit Hold'em, allowed re-entries and attracted a massive 2,144 total buy-ins. Austria’s Dietrich Fast took his first bracelet and €157,749. Another highlight came when well-known English player Barny Boatman won Event No. 7 €550 Pot Limit Omaha for €54,725 for his second bracelet.Also adding his second bracelet was American Kevin MacPhee, who won the €10,450 Main Event. The tournament attracted 313 players and MacPhee pocketed €883,000.In the final event, the €25,600 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em, Canadian Jonathan Duhamel continued his massive run that included winning the $111,111 Big One for One Drop for almost $4 million that summer in Las Vegas. In Europe, Duhamel won the high roller over a field of 64 for €554,395.After a year off in 2016, the WSOPE action resumes Oct. 19 in the Czech Republic. With 11 bracelets awarded, there should be plenty of action as battles on the poker felt are waged all in the hopes of card-playing glory.

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