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It looks like the mysterious masked Swedish poker player will finally be revealed as he has agreed to Tony G’s offer to stake him in the PartyPoker Big Game IV. The event is due to start next week in London and looks set to attract many of pokers great and good. The addition of this online sensation who has been stirring up a storm since his arrival on the scene last October is only likely to add extra interest to the tournament and be a great boon for the organisers.
The PartyPoker Big Game IV is due to commence at the Les Ambassadeurs Club in London’s fashionable Mayfair district and will run from the 11th to the 13th April. The format is a straight old fashioned 48 hours card fest and will include such poker aficionados as Tony G himself, Luke Schwartz, Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Isaac Haxton among their ranks.
“Isildur1” created a commotion when he arrived out of nowhere and started playing high stakes matches against the best poker players in the business on Full Tilts website. During a particularly good session he cleaned Tom “Durrr” Dwan out of millions but was eventually undone when Brian Townsend colluded with Cole South and Brian Hastings to bring about the upstarts downfall.
“Isildur1” has returned to the tables over recent weeks but the pace and fervour reminiscent of his early games seems to have gone. It has yet to be clarified whether his appearance at the PartyPoker event will be in disguise or he intends to reveal himself. In the meantime speculation is still rife as to his real identity.
The PartyPoker.com World Open V champion was asked to come on board when the legendary Brunson bowed out due to dental surgery.
“This is the most money I have ever wagered against the toughest field I have ever faced,” said Laak. “Collectively my opponents have over $45 million in tournament winnings. This will be the best ride ever. Full stop.”
The Premier League will take place at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas Feb. 12-18 with defending champion J.C. Tran, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Roland de Wolfe, Luke Schwartz, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, David Benyamine and Tony G all taking part in the $100k buy-in event.
PartyPoker also ran qualifiers to find a total of 16 players who are all in Las Vegas to play in a Premier League Poker play-off for a spot in the Premier League main event. Plus, one of the 16 qualifiers will be chosen by PartyPoker to receive a $100,000 Team Party contract.
Both the play-off and the main event will be filmed for TV.
Tran won the PartyPoker.com Premier League III and its $300,000 first prize defeating a final table that included Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Juha Helppi, Tony G, Roland de Wolfe and Peter Eastgate.
This is the first year the Premier League will play out in Las Vegas and the Forbes Four Star M Resort is excited to play host.
“Premier League Poker has been incredibly successful,” said Joseph A. Magliarditi, Executive Vice President and COO, M Resort. “The event is uniquely set-up and attracts some of the top players in world. We’re looking forward to hosting it this year.”
With 92,000 square feet of gaming, 390 guest rooms and suites, nine restaurants and five destination bars, more than 60,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness centre and a 100,000 square foot events piazza, Eddie Hearn, Director of event organizer Matchroom Sport, believes M is the perfect destination for the Premier League.
“When we decided to take the Premier League to Las Vegas we needed a venue to match this prestigious event,” he said. “The M Resort is a stunning location and the perfect place for the players to relax whilst they are amongst the heat of battle in what has become the world’s biggest televised poker spectacle.”
With all that poker news coming from the WPT, EPT and Aussie Millions it was almost inevitable that some stories wouldn’t make it to the front page of PokerListings.com.
Fortunately, as part of our ongoing Poker News in Brief Feature, we’ve compiled a list of smaller stories below.
This week we’ll take a look at Doyle Brunson joining an elite lineup, vietcong01 winning his second Sunday Million, Michael Phelps hitting the felt at Borgata and more.
Brunson Fills Out Premier League Lineup
Doyle Brunson is the final poker player to grab a spot in the elite PartyPoker.com Premier League IV.
“I’m very happy to have the challenge of playing against all these great players,” said Brunson.
Brunson will join Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, David Benyamine, Phil Hellmuth, J.C. Tran, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Roland de Wolfe, Luke Schwartz and Tony G at the Premier League IV.
There are two remaining seats with one of them going to an online qualifier and the other going to the winner of a mini Premier League playoff between Team Party members.
The Premier League IV is set to take place Feb. 12-18 in Las Vegas.
vietcong01 Wins Second PokerStars Sunday Million
Juan Antonio Maceiras Barros, known online as vietcong01, outlasted 8,699 players to win the PokerStars Sunday Million and $255,954 cash last Sunday.
It wasn’t the easiest final table either as Ben “benba” Lamb, who finished 14th in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, was one of the chip leaders heading into the final nine. Lamb finished in sixth place.
Barros, who first won the Sunday Million in 2007, joins Jesper Hougaaard as the only players to ever win multiple Sunday Million titles.
Barros came very close to performing the feat at the final table of a Sunday Million in March, but eventually bombed out in sixth.
Bodog Recruiting Female Pros
Bodog Poker is looking for female players to sponsor in various poker tournaments around the world.
The announcement comes just a couple weeks after the online room did not opt to re-sign Justin Bonomo to its pro team.
The site also let Jean-Robert Bellande walk several months earlier leaving David Williams and Evelyn Ng as the only members of Team Bodog.
Bodog is requesting that all applicants send a recent a photograph and a short biography in an email with the subject: Female Pro Submission.
To learn more check out the Bodog website here.
Phelps Goes to Borgata
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps made another splash in the poker world this week at the Borgata Winter Open.
Phelps played the double elimination heads-up event and beat noted pros Paul Wasicka and Adam Gerber before being eliminated by Basilios Diakokomninos.
During the Summer Olympics in Beijing, Phelps mentioned one of his favorite hobbies was playing online poker and in 2008 he made the final table of a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event at Caesars.
PartyPoker Encourages Players to Hit or Run
PartyPoker started a new promotion this week, which gives players a chance to hit or run.
“Simply collect 20 PartyPoints and we’ll give you $1 to bet on our special Hit or Run heads-up game,” said a PartyPoker spokesperson.
“Win and we’ll double your money. You can then choose to hit for another hand and the chance to double your cash or take the money and run. Lose at any point though and the game is over.”
It’s possible to hit up to 10 times per game making each one worth $1,024. If a player collects enough points they could potentially play 10 games a day, which would give them $10,240.
To learn more or sign up for a PartyPoker account click here.