WSOPE Includes €50k High Roller Rebuy Event

A new €51,000 buy-in (~$64,000) no-limit hold’em Majestic Super High Roller event with re-buys has been added to this year’s World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes, France.

It is not a bracelet event, but the field is starting to look familiar to the $1m Big One for One Drop. Already committed: two Asian businessmen Richard Yong and Paul Phua, who played in the One Drop event. Yong finished eighth, while Phua did not make the money.

“We truly believe 2012 is the year we accomplish our goal to make WSOPE the richest and most prestigious event on the European calendar,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.

Less than a month away, the series at Hôtel Majestic Barrière/Le Croisette Casino Barrière runs from September 21 through October 4, with the final table of the €10,450 buy-in main event being streamed live on Eurosport. ESPN is expected to broadcast the main event this fall.

What happens in France could determine the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year. Entering the series, that race is lead by Phil Ivey, and he is followed closely by John Monette, Antonio Esfandiari, David Baker and Phil Hellmuth.

But according to the totals on Bluff Magazine, Gregory Merson, who is 3rd in chips going into the WSOP Main Event final table, currently sits in 7th in the POY race. He is guaranteed a minimum of 100 points for the main event, which would vault him into first.

Along with the main event, the seven bracelet events include two 6-handed events—€2,700 no-limit hold’em and a €1,650 pot limit Omaha—a €10,450 Mixed-Max event, and a €3,250 shootout event.

The series also includes 69 side events and cash games spread across four poker rooms, including a dedicated salon for final tables. Players can register through Barriere’s poker site.