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Online gambling site runs WSOP UK qualifiers.

Online gambling site, Betfair Poker, is taking on the World Series of Poker to offer qualifiers to the tournament. There are three events in the inaugural World Series Of Poker Europe, the largest of which is the Main Event, a £10,000 buy-in, 750-player, six-day tournament spread over three casinos, with a prize pool of roughly £7.5 million. The winner could take home more than £1.5 million in cash.

The three WSOPE events make up Events 56, 57 and 58 of WSOP 2007mwith three official gold bracelets on offer for the winner of each event. Event 56: Three day £2,500 ($5,000) HORSE tournament; Event 57: Three day £5,000 ($10,000) Pot-Limit Omaha tournament; and Event 58: WSOP Europe Main Event, a six-day, £10,000 ($20,000) No-Limit Texas Hold’em Championship.

The main event registration is still newly opened and already some of the biggest names have entered: Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Roland de Wolfe, John Juanda, Allen Cunningham, Todd Brunson, Eli Elezra, Howard Lederer, Humberto Brenes and Jennifer Harman among others.

“There are over 60 WSOP bracelets between the pre-registrants so far,” said World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. “The inaugural World Series Europe will have a world-class field.” Phil Hellmuth recently won his record breaking eleventh WSOP bracelet. In a statement to the press, said, “I'm going to London to make history again by winning the first WSOP bracelet ever awarded outside of Las Vegas.”

Online poker qualification is currently running at Betfair Poker with qualifiers and satellites starting at just $3.15. UK Poker fans won't have to wait long for the next big poker event to arrive in London the EPT London event starts soon after the WSOPE ends.

Stephen Holder.
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