WPT Premier League stars set for Vienna showdown - 28/03/2012
The fifth edition of PartyPoker.com’s thrilling Premier League Poker franchise is back by popular demand. As a World Poker Tour® special event, WPT Premier League V is set to take place at the glamorous Montesino in Vienna from 4th – 10th April 2012.
Produced by Matchroom Sport, the invitation-only event features a $125,000 buy-in and many of the game’s major names such as Vanessa Selbst, Sam Trickett, Tony G, Luke ‘Full Flush’ Schwartz, and WPT Season IX Player of the Year and Premier League Mixed Game Championship winner Andy Frankenberger have already confirmed.
16 elite players will be split up into two groups of eight, each competing in four league matches showcasing the famous point system ($2,000 per point). The top three from each group will automatically go through to the final table, while the fourth and fifth seeds will square off in a series of heads up matches (best of three) for spots in the eight-handed finale.
This year’s special event boasts a massive $200,000 added for the final table and awards the winner with entry into the 2012 WPT World Championship, running 19th to 26th May at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Kara Scott will be covering the WPT Premier League V for television, as four hours of each heat will air initially in the UK on Sky Sports and then be distributed internationally.
“I'm delighted to be taking the world's biggest and most entertaining TV tournament to Vienna and the prestigious Montesino Casino,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of producers Matchroom Sport.
“With a further buy-in increase, we expect the strongest field ever as poker’s greatest players gather to take down the WPT Premier League V title."
Montesino will also play host to the PartyPoker.com Big Game VI from 11th to 13th April, creating an Austrian poker bonanza. The televised PartyPoker.com Big Game VI will run for 48 hours, right in the middle of the WPT Vienna Main Event.