Party Poker Premier League Has One Spot Left Open

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Party PokerThe 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.

Qualify Now for Party Poker Premier League Poker 5

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From February 6 to March 18, 2012 Party Poker will be holding qualifiers into the Premier League 5 Poker event, the headlining live event produced by Party Poker as part of the official World Poker Tour Special Events.

The Premier League Poker 5 is coming to Vienna, Austria on March 31, 2012 and runs through April 10, 2012. This fifth incarnation of PartyPoker’s flagship WPT Special Event sees 14 top poker pros from around the world sitting in with 9 amateur qualifiers all vying for the biggest share of a $2 million guaranteed prize pool.

There are nine PartyPoker Premier League 5 prize packages up for grabs. Every winner of one gets a $10,450 seat at the playoffs, four nights of accommodations while in Vienna for the event and $1,350 to spend as you like. All totaled it’s a value of $13k per prize package. In addition, two of the prize package winners will receive a $125,000 entry into the Premier League Poker V final event.

The Premier League Poker 5 satellite series includes freerolls and subqualifier speed tournaments that lead into the satellite qualifiers that seed players into the final Premier League 5 satellite at which the actual prize packages will be given away. Over the course of the series, Party Poker will run six satellites total.

Both the Premier League 5 playoffs and the final will be broadcast on live television. Party Poker is offering no cash redemption on the $13,000 prize packages, so if you win one and cannot attend, you lose out.

Party Poker Premier League Underway

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Party is one of the largest online poker sites in the game right now, falling just behind the mega site PokerStars.  Their cash games draw an incredible amount of attention from high stakes players, and their tournaments offer excellent guarantees as well.  While they do handle the whole “online poker” deal very well, this time they have taken to some live action with their Premier League Poker Mixed Game Championship.  The action runs from November 13th to November 17th, and is played at the Playboy Club London in Mayfair.  What makes this event so exciting is that it is an invitation only event, which also features a $25k buy-in, so it is sure to draw some of the biggest and best names in poker.  It features three of the most popular games out there, starting with No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and Pot Limit Hold’em.

The rosters kick off with 12 players that are divided into two side teams of six.  They are called “heats” and the two heats will compete in the Premier League against the other players in their heat.  At the end of the action, the top three players from their respective groups will then play at the final table.  To make things even more interesting, any player who makes it to the final table will receive a  minimum of $25k for their efforts in prize money, and will also win an invite to the Premier League next year.

Now for the layout of the two heats:

Heat 1- Matt Giannetti, Tony G, Jennifer Tilly, Luke Schwartz, Max Pescatori, and James Dempsey

Heat 2- Mike Sexton, Sorel Mizzi, Andy Frankenberger, Andrew Feldman, Ben Carpenter, and Yevgeniy Timoshenko

And last but not least, is the prize pools for any of the 12 players who make it to the final table:

1st place: $100k

2nd place- $65k

3rd place- $45k

4th place- $35k

5th place- $30k

6th place- $25k

This is an interesting concept for a poker event, and it should draw quite a bit of interest from the poker world.  It also helps that it has some of the hottest names in poker right now from the likes of Giannetti, Frankenberger, Mizzi, and Tony G.