The Key Omaha Stars to Watch Ahead of WSOP Europe

July 29th, 2019

The full schedule for the World Series of Poker Europe 2019 has finally been revealed, and there will be plenty of opportunities for the stars of Omaha poker to shine.

The continent’s largest poker meeting will once again head to the King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic from October 13 to November 4. With 10 WSOP gold bracelets to be won and more than €14 million guaranteed prize money, there are plenty of reasons for the great and good of world poker to make the trip to Europe.

This, the eleventh edition of the annual festival, will feature the €10k buy-in Main Event, where a €5 million prize pot is up for grabs, as well as a selection of new tournaments including the ‘Mini’ series which proved popular at the main WSOP event in Las Vegas. Buy-ins range from €350 all the way up to the €100k high roller special.

As far as Omaha is concerned, there’s a number of different events to savour throughout the three-week action.

The meeting kicks off with a double-header on October 14 and 15, where a guaranteed prize pool of €100k awaits entrants, before a unique Omaha/No-Limit Hold ‘em mix event on October 20, where the field will battle it out for a €200k kitty. Finally, the €2,200 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha event will feature another €200,000 bounty.

So there’s plenty for Omaha players of all skill levels and budgets to get excited about.

The Key Contenders

The big Omaha winners at the WSOP Europe 2018 will surely return to defend their titles. Norbert Szecsi, Hahn Tran and Anson Tsang, from Hungary, Austria and Hong Kong respectively, will be looking to join an exclusive group of multiple-time gold bracelet winners.

They are likely to face stiff competition from the best Omaha merchants in the game, however.

With plenty going on in his private life, Phil Ivey may just be too busy to make the trip to Europe. But, as litigation ensues, he might be tempted to make some extra cash – one of the greatest Omaha players in history would be a serious contender for the big prizes.

Lat year Szecsi saw off the challenge of Shaun Deeb in the €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE event, and so the American will surely be out for revenge in 2019. A WSOP gold bracelet winner with a tournament haul of more than $3 million, Deeb is a big stage Omaha stud.

Surely the great English poker player in history is Stephen Chidwick, who will head to the Czech Republic fresh from winning the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller at WSOP in Vegas earlier this year, cashing more than $1.6 million for his efforts. With more than 60 cash finishes on the WSOP, World and European Poker Tours, Chidwick is very much one to watch.

Robert Mizrachi accumulated more than $700k in prize money at WSOP 2019, with the vast majority coming in Omaha contests. It’s been more than three years since he last claimed a bracelet, however, and he will surely be looking to rectify that at what will surely be a riveting WSOP Europe.

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