The Party Poker Premier League will kick off on April 10th, and it features 14 of the top professional poker players in the game, as well as two qualifiers for the event as well. The tournament happens just before the World Poker Tour’s Vienna Main Event kicks off, so it will be taking place in Vienna, Austria. Up until yesterday though, the event hand only 12 professional poker players on the roster, so they were looking to fill the two additional spots with pro players. By the day’s end, one of the biggest names in poker had joined on board when Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier filled the role of the 13th player to be added.
Grospellier has an incredibly impressive resume throughout his career, but probably the most impressive is the fact that he currently has hit the Triple Crown of poker as of last year. He was excited to take part in the Party Poker Premier League, as this will be his first appearance in the tournament. It has one of the more interesting formats out there, but most importantly features some of the biggest and best in the world of poker today.
As far as the other players who will be included on the list, you’ll find the likes of Patrik Antonius, Vanessa Selbst, Sam Trickett, Tony G, Luke “FullFlush” Schwartz”, Erik Seidel, Andy Frankenberger, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Eugene Katchalov, Tom Dwan, Phil Laak, and Daniel Cates. Just from looking at the names on that list you’ll see that some players are some of the most experienced and more “veteran players”, and others are more of the “young and up and coming” poker players of today. Frankenberger for example is the reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year, while player’s like Seidel have eight gold bracelets to their name.
One last bit of news about the tournament is that the World Poker Tour Vienna Main Event’s tournament director Matt Savage will also be handing the Party Poker tournament as well. One of the best tournament directors in the game of poker today will have a busy week during that span in the middle of April, but I’m sure both tournament committees are more than confident that Savage will do an excellent job.