WSOPE Main Event Breaks Own Record, 2023 Champ to Take Home €1.5m

Last Updated on November 14, 2023 Author:Gabrielle Monet

World Series of Poker EuropeSummary:

  • The 2023 WSOPE Main Event generated over €7.7 million in total prize pool
  • It’s the third time this year that the WSOP has created a new record
  • Germany’s Bernd Gleissner wins his first WSOP bracelet

The 2023 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) is nearing its conclusion, and based on the figures so far, the festival has been a massive success.

In particular, the Main Event broke its own record, going above its guarantee by over 50%.

Another Record-Breaking Year for WSOPE

The 2023 WSOPE kicked off on October 25 at King’s Resort Rozvadov, featuring 15 gold bracelet events and €15 million in combined guarantees.

The main highlight of the series is the Main Event which offers an ambitious $5,000,000 guarantee that was already crushed right on the first starting flight on November 10. More players registered on Day 1b on November 11, with many also taking advantage of late registration on Day 2, November 12.

In the end, the 2023 WSOPE Main Event field swelled to 817 entries, producing €7,761,500 in total prize pool, the biggest ever in the tournament’s history. The 2022 edition previously held that record with 763 entries. Omar Eljach claimed the title for €1,380,128 ($1,418,280) in top prize. The winner of the 2023 WSOPE Main Event will take home a much bigger payout of €1,500,000 ($1,602,701) based on the generated prize pool. This year’s champ will be crowned on November 15.

2023 has been an “unbelievable” year for the WSOP, according to Vice President Jack Effel. In a message, Effel hailed the three records broken by the series this year. In addition to the WSOPE Main Event at King’s Resort, both the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas during the summer and the WSOP Online Main Event on GGPoker also created new records.

Bernd Gleissner Wins First Bracelet

The remaining events at the 2023 WSOPE continue to play out, with Bernd Gleissner the latest to be crowned. The German poker pro outlasted 181 opponents in Event #14: €1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Freezeout to walk away with €46,700 in first-place prize along with his first gold bracelet. It represents his third and largest cash at the series so far.

Gleissner is no stranger to the WSOPE. In 2022, he reached the money in the Main Event, finishing in 27th place for €39,368. In 2021, he placed 23rd in the same tournament for €42,133. With his latest win, Gleissner’s live tournament earnings have now climbed to $645,895.

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