Poker has been around for hundreds of years and some historians believe that it originated from the French game called ‘Poque’ and the Persian game called ‘As Nas’. Despite its long existence, poker only started to gain worldwide recognition in the late 1990’s when its online counterparts were launched.
As of 2007, there are now more than 40 million people that play poker and 15 million people that play online poker.
In France, which is known to be the birthplace of poker, 1.3 % of the adult population plays online poker. Not to include the number of people that play in live tournaments. The country has produced some of the finest professional poker players in the world including Vanessa Rousso, Bertrand Grospellier, Tuan Le, and Fabrice Soulier. It also claims to be the first European country to host a World Poker Tour event outside the United States.
Every year, hundreds of poker aficionados travel to France to witness history in the making as some of the world’s Top players compete to earn the WSOP and WPT titles.
October 12 marks the beginning of the World Series of Poker Europe, which will be held at Enghien-les-Bains. From Cannes, the annual poker event was moved to the northern part of Paris because the organizers want the players to have a better experience.
The tournament will be held at the elegant poker room of Casino Barrière Enghien-les-Bains (see picture below) from October 12 to October 25, 2013.
Last year’s winner Matt Salsberg earned 1,757,000 chips while runners-up Mohsin Charania took home 1,435,000 chips and Timothy Adams cashed in 1,198,000 chips. This 5-day poker event runs from October 25 to 30, 2013.
Thankfully, both events won’t occur at the same time so you can catch the WPT Grand Prix de Paris after the WSOP Europe. Make sure to mark your calendars and book a flight ahead of time so you won’t miss all the exciting poker happenings in France.