WSOP Europe Moves to Cannes
The World Series of Poker Europe has a new home ... in France.
Early Wednesday morning, Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced a new partnership with both Lucien Barriere Hotels & Casinos and BarrierePoker.fr that will move the WSOP-E from London to Cannes.
The 2011 WSOP-E will be held October 7-21, 2011 at the Casino Barriere de Cannes Croisette in France. In addition, the event has been rebranded as the World Series of Poker Europe presented by BarrierePoker.fr.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment's CEO Mitch Garber stated:
"This is a unique agreement between two casino leaders with great brands. Lucien Barrière Hôtels & Casinos is a well-run organization and we are excited to work with them to access the French market with high-quality and reputable poker events both in their hotels and casinos, and online with BarrierePoker.fr."
In addition to WSOP-E moving to Cannes, it was revealed that the upcoming Barriere Poker Tour will serve as qualifying events for the WSOP-E. The tour will officially begin in April and will include seven stops in France.
Also, later this year WSOP.fr will be launched to provide WSOP news in French.
According to BarrierePoker.fr's Deputy CEO Jean-Etienne Bouedec, "Backed by this alliance, we will be even better equipped to let online players access the most prestigious world poker events in casinos and to benefit from special, unique operations in conjunction with WSOP events."
This will be the fifth year for the WSOP Europe. The Casino at the Empire in London, England hosted the first four events. Annette Obrestad won the inaugural event in 2007 to become the youngest WSOP Main Event winner.