Hot news this week is that Cannes is going to host another major poker event later in the year: the World Series of Poker (WSOP). For the past four years, this has been held in London. But between October 7-21, the gaming will be held at the Casino Barrière and Hotel Majestic. The new venue will feature 75 tables, effectively doubling the capacity in 2010. Some 450 players are expected.
The event will be the highlight of a major poker tour of France. From April, towns such as Toulouse, Nice, Lille, Dinard, Enghien, Trouville and Bordeaux will have qualifying rounds. The WSOP was founded in 1970 and is one of the world’s foremost poker brands. As well as hosting the WSOP Europe, France’s Lucien Barrière group also has plans to launch WSOP.fr and clearly position itself as a major online and live poker organiser.
Cannes also hosts the Partouche Poker Tour in September.