2017 WSOPE to Feature 11 Bracelet Events, €20m Gtd

March 10, 2017

kings-casino-rozvadovThe 2017 WSOP Europe will have a new home this year in King’s Casino Rozvadov. The Czech Republic casino will house the WSOPE from October 19th to November 10th. And what’s exciting is that the event will offer 11 bracelet events, with €20 million ($21.2m) in guaranteed prize money.

The action begins on Oct. 19 with a €1,100 buy-in Monster Stack NLHE tournament, where €500k will be guaranteed. The 2017 WSOPE will conclude on Nov. 19 with the €10,300 Main Event, where a €4 million (or more) prize pool will be up for grabs.

Other exciting tourneys will include a €111,111 High Roller for One Drop, and a €550 Colossus NL Hold’em event. The Colossus has been very successful in the Las Vegas-based WSOP, so organizers have decided to try the tournament in Europe too.

King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik is very excited about the fact that his casino will play host to the 2017 WSOPE.

“I started off with a dream and my dream has come true and I hope poker players have their dreams come true too when they see the sheer size and facilities of King’s,” said Tsoukernik.

WSOP Director Ty Stewart is also happy about where the event will be held, and he feels like this could be a long-term site for the event.

“WSOP Europe has struggled to find a permanent home since debuting in 2007 because we could never really find the venue or partner to replicate what we have in Las Vegas,” said Stewart. “But I truly believe in Leon’s vision, his passion and King’s Casino to execute the best WSOP Europe to date.”

The WSOP Europe has moved around from London (2007-10), France (2011-13), and Germany (2015) in its existence. This year will mark yet another change in venue. But given Tsoukernik’s love for poker and success with King’s Casino, it’s possible that this could be the last time it has to move for the foreseeable feature.

Dan Bizlerian Sparks Outrage – Bikini Girl Rides Endangered Tortoise

March 3, 2017

dan-bilzerian-tortioseNot long ago, Dan Bilzerian’s biggest problem involved getting Bill Perkins booted from America’s Cardroom for multi-accounting. But he’s stepped into a whole new world of trouble after posting an Instagram picture with a bikini-clad woman riding a 100-year-old tortoise.

Vacationing on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island – Branson’s privately owned land in the British Virgin Islands – Bilzerian thought that the girl riding the Galapagos tortoise would make for a trending picture.

But some of his Instagram followers were outraged upon finding out that this is an endangered animal.

Bilzerian immediately began receiving flack after sending the pic to his 20.9 million followers, with one posting: “100% it is disrespectful – no need to interfere with nature like. Just take a photo and move on – but sitting on it? Just how’s a lack of class and education.”

Another commented that Bilzerian should be “ashamed of himself” for putting the picture on Instagram.

According to The Mirror, the poker pro and social media star wasn’t having it and fired back: “Get off your soapbox, the people working there said it’s fine to sit on them.

Bilzerian is referring to the World Wildlife Fund workers, who, along with Brandon, help protect the endagered Galapagos tortoises.

As for sitting on the tortoise, Rob Stewart Photography claims that they can carry a full-grown adult on their back with no problem.

The age might be a slight problem, though, because Galapagos tortoises have an average life span of just over 100 years. The oldest of these creatures on record was 152 years.

But given the fact that tortoises are capable of carrying people and the workers told Bilzerian it was fine, we don’t see any animal abuse going on here.