Party Poker’s fifth staging of their Premier League Poker is to be included on the World Poker Tour (WPT) as a special tournament that promoters believe will attract “the strongest field ever” when the pros arrive in Austria in early April.
Officially known as the WPT Premier League V presented by Party Poker, the event will take place at the Montesino Casino from April 4 to 10 – essentially as a warm-up to the WPT Vienna, although it will offer a $125,000 buy-in event, so can most certainly be considered a super high roller tournament for the 16-player line-up.
The $25,500 buy-in main event at WPT Vienna has been moved in the schedule to April 10 to 15 to allow the Premier League matches to take place, while Party Poker’s Big Game VI – which will be broadcast live for all 48 of its hours – will run from April 11 to 13, which is smack bang in the middle of the main event.
16-Player Event Welcomed by WPT Vienna
However, while some might consider these changes to somehow lessen the importance of the Vienna main event, Montesino’s chief operating officer and head of events Leon Groenewoud is more than happy to accommodate the Premier League as he reckons the added attraction of having the thrilling 16-player tournament can only be good for Austria. He said: “We welcome the introduction of the televised WPT Premier League V and PartyPoker.com Big Game VI to the schedule. Coupled with WPT Vienna, these events will make Austria the hot-bed of poker action during the first half of April.”
The event will also have the added appeal of being presented for television by beautiful some-time poker player Kara Scott. Scott – who joined ESPN’s coverage of last year’s WSOP main event – will present the event for Sky Sports, with the channel airing four-hour shows from each heat in the UK and Ireland, before distributing the rights across the globe.
This year’s tournament will see a huge $200,000 added to the prize pool at the final table, while the winner is guaranteed a seat at the $25,500 buy-in WPT World Championship, which takes place at The Bellagio in Las Vegas from May 19 to 26.
The 14 pros certain to make the PartyPoker Premier League V line-up are:
Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates
Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan
Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier
Phil ‘The Unabomber’ Laak
Luke ‘FullFlush’ Schwartz