The PartyPoker Premier League VII is an unusual event. The twelve invited players play six rounds 8-handed, with points being awarded for finish position. The top four automatically go through to the six seat final, with the other two seats filled by he winners of three Heads Up tournaments.
The winner who makes it through this beast of a format takes home $350k - buy in is $125k each. Tony G is the only player to have competed in all the previous Premier League events, and said: “Some people say I don’t have the heart and commitment for the game anymore but that would be a big mistake.”
Tony G hails from Lithuania and has just announced his plans to stand for election to the European Parliament. Although controversial on the felt, off it, he is a well known Lithuanian figure who won the national Business Lighthouse Award in 2012. He was chosen as the Lithuanian who had promoted his country in the most positive manner.
Unabomber Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari are best friends, but Esfandiari has top bragging rights after winning the $1m for One Drop Event in 2012. The $18,346,673 - yes, $18m! - first prize instantly put him at the top of the all time money lists for live tournament wins.
Jeff Goss is a successful live and online tournament pro who shares a Baltimore house with Olympic swimmer and celebrity poker player Michael Phelps. Phelps is likely to be on the rail urging him on in this elite event.
PartyPoker are pulling out all the stops for this event which takes place immediately after the PartyPoker WPT Montreal. Kara Scott will front the presenting team and the Royal Flush Girls providing extra spice.
Satellites to the WPT are running now with packages to be won until the event starts in late November.
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