LAS VEGAS/ROZVADOV, Czech Republic – March 8, 2017 – “If you build it, he will come” is a famous movie line uttered in the baseball-themed Field of Dreams in 1989. Actor Kevin Costner was walking through his cornfield in Iowa with a baseball bat in hand, dreaming of turning it into a baseball field, which he eventually did.

Entrepreneur Leon Tsoukernik has always had big dreams and aspirations too, and what he is doing for poker in Europe is making waves on both sides of the pond.  Perhaps, the ‘Felt of Dreams’ is more apt to call what Mr. Tsoukernik has built in Europe. After acquiring land in Rozvadov, Czech Republic in 2002, Tsoukernik opened King’s Casino Rozvadov in 2003 in the German border town to little fanfare.

But after beginning to emphasize poker a few years ago, and with grand expansion plans a couple months from completion, King’s Casino has become the largest poker room in Europe thanks to Tsoukernik’s persistence, passion and long-term commitment to the game.  King’s features 160 poker tables, provides a first-class player experience and soon plans to open a 250-room 5-star hotel, which will serve as an incredible backdrop for the World Series of Poker’s first battle for bracelets in the Czech Republic this Fall.

As such, people are expected to come from far and wide for the first-ever World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. WSOPE features an 11-bracelet event tournament schedule and is set to run from October 19-November 10.

The first official gold bracelet event will begin on Thursday, October 19 at 2:00pm, with an €1,100 buy-in Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em event with three starting flights and a €500,000 prize pool guarantee. It will be the first of 11 official WSOP gold bracelet events awarded during the tournament series that concludes officially on Friday, November 10 with the final table of the €10,350 Main Event that features a €4,000,000 prize pool guarantee.

Speaking of guarantees, never has a poker festival featured so many, with so much in total value.  For the entire WSOP festival, more than €20,000,000 in prize pool guarantees are on the table for players to win.  WSOP Europe itself has €17,000,000 in prize pool guarantees, and adding in the WSOP Circuit event that will immediately precede WSOP Europe (from September 28-October 19) and the satellite guarantees, and this WSOP festival becomes can’t miss for players as the largest, longest, richest and most ambitious poker series ever attempted in Europe.

And there’s one man to thank, the man simply known as Leon.

“I’m so proud that that the WSOP Europe is coming to King’s,” said Tsoukernik. “I started off with a dream and my dream has come true and I hope poker players have their dreams come true too when they see the sheer size and facilities of King's. With the awarding of WSOP gold bracelets, we have brought a huge piece of Las Vegas to Europe and we aim to deliver Vegas standards with this event too.” 

The entire WSOP Europe schedule can be viewed on the WSOP website under the WSOP Europe tab.

A record €2,000,000 guarantee has been placed on the WSOP Europe version of Colossus, a €550 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament with 10 starting flights over five days taking place October 27-31.  This means an anticipated field size in excess of 4,000 entrants would make this the largest field size at this buy-in level in live poker history in Europe.

“WSOP Europe has struggled to find a permanent home since debuting in 2007 because we could never really find the venue or partner to replicate what we have in Las Vegas,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “But I truly believe in Leon’s vision, his passion and King’s Casino to execute the best WSOP Europe to date. We are bullish in this becoming the European equivalent of the WSOP in Las Vegas, something we have always dreamed of doing when we first began our foray into Europe a decade ago.”

King’s Casino Rozvadov is located in the Czech Republic, right near the German border, between Prague and Munich.  The location is right in Central Europe, giving all Europeans an easy travel destination to play poker.  Many of poker’s brightest young stars and international celebrities have made King’s their home in recent years.

The planned 2017 WSOP Europe bracelet schedule is as follows:




Chip Stack



€1,100 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em - €500,000 Guarantee – 3 starting flights – re-entry next flight


Oct. 19, 20, 21


€550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max – 2 starting flights –re-entry


Oct. 23, 24


€1,100 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (1-day event) Every player is €500 bounty – re-entry


Oct. 25


€1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed – single re-entry


Oct. 26


€550 Colossus No-Limit Hold’em - €2,000,000 Guarantee (10 starting flights) one re-entry per flight


Oct. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31


€2,200 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed – unlimited re-entry


Oct. 28


€1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better –re-entry


Oct. 31


€1,100 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em - €500,000 Guarantee -- 2 starting flights – re-entry


Nov. 1, 2


€25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller – re-entry


Nov. 1


€111,111 High Roller for One Drop - €10,000,000 Guarantee – re-entry (111 player cap)


Nov. 3


€10,350 WSOP Europe Main Event - €4,000,000 Guarantee – 2 starting flights – single re-entry


Nov. 4-5


In total, this WSOP-centric Fall Festival will feature 84 different events over 44 consecutive days, beginning on Thursday, Sept. 28 with the first official WSOP Circuit gold ring event, and continuing through November 10, when the WSOPE Main Event final table concludes along with two side events. 

More details will be released soon regarding the WSOP Circuit schedule preceding WSOP Europe and other news related to this festival.

About the World Series of Poker

The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $2.4 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970.  In 2016, the event attracted 107,844 entrants from 107 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and awarded more than $221 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of the World Series of Poker Europe in 2007 and the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific in 2013. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit www.wsop.com.  Or

About King’s Casino Rozvadov

King’s Casino Rozvadov, is well known for its range of games for players and for its famous customer focused service and hospitality. King’s Casino is Europe’s biggest poker room and situated roughly two hours’ drive from Prague and Munich. The venue offers everything a guest could want, including a full casino, two restaurants, three, four and five-star accommodation and great poker action 24/7.

By August 2017, people will discover an all new version of the King's Casino with over 1,800 square meters of Las Vegas-style casino space added. A new hotel with 218 additional rooms, a new restaurant and a fully-equipped wellness center with jacuzzis, saunas, massage rooms and a fitness center will make Europe’s biggest poker room even bigger! There are a variety of accommodation options for players close to the casino. For reservations or any other questions please contact King’s directly via hotel@kingscasino.eu or call +420 374 616 050.

How to get to King’s Casino. Rozvadov, Czech Republic

By air: There are direct flights from just about every European capital to Prague (Czech Republic), Nuremberg airport (Germany) and Munich airport (Germany) - all around two hours’ drive from Rozvadov. Many budget airlines also operate regularly on these routes. US airlines commonly connect to Prague and Munich.

If customers have trouble getting to King's Casino directly, there is a special shuttle service available. If you are travelling by plane they can pick you up at Prague, Nuremburg or Munich Airport. Call +420 374 616 050 or email shuttle@kingscasino.eu for more information.

By car from Prague: Simply drive via D5/E50.

By car from Munich: Get on to A9, A93 and then A6 to D5/E50.

King's Casino has several parking areas under camera surveillance 24/7, and patrolled by a dedicated security team. 

By train: The closest train stations are Nuremberg, Weiden, Wernberg, Regensburg or Amberg. Call or email King’s Casino and they will arrange a shuttle service: +420 374 616 050 or shuttle@kingscasino.eu.