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For the second time in three years, the World Series of Poker Europe is changing venues. After two years in Cannes, France, the WSOP announced Monday that the 2013 edition of the WSOPE will take place in Enghien-les-Bains, a suburb less than 10 miles from Paris, France. According to the press release, the Casino Barrière Enghien-les-Bains is France's oldest casino.
"Part of our vision for WSOP Europe is to mix poker and pleasure -- and introduce players to some of the most exciting destinations in Europe," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "Barrière's facilities in Enghien are amazing and there are likely 12 million Parisians all trying to make sure 'Phillipe' Hellmuth doesn't win another bracelet on French soil. With our ideal dates scheduled to avoid conflicts for traveling players, expanded TV coverage and qualifiers planned, we expect to be back in record-setting mode in 2013."
While the 2013 WSOPE schedule is not finalized yet, an upcoming announcement will most likely reflect a goal of avoiding a scheduling conflict with PokerStars' World Championship of Online Poker, which may have hindered turnout in 2012. According to the release, seven bracelet events are likely to be offered in 2013.
Unlike past editions of WSOP Europe, this new facility will allow for all tournament play to take place in one room and also offers a 500-seat theater that will optimize television production.
The WSOP Europe has been aired on ESPN since its inception in 2007.
The World Series of Poker announced that the 2013 WSOP Europe will take place just outside of Paris, France.