UK Pokernews Roundup: PartyPoker World Open VI Announced, Poker Million Results (Spoiler Warning), and more
Warning: We have spoilers from the Poker Million further down this page, please don't scroll down if you don't want to be disappointed when you watch it on Sky Sports.
PartyPoker World Open VI Announced
Matchroom Sport and PartyPoker have unveiled details of this years World Open VI, the TV shootout tournament that was won by Phil Laak last year. Once again its at the Palm Beach Casino between September 6 and 10 (Just after the WPT and just before the WSOPE) and has a $10,000 buy in.
Amongst the early confirmations for the event include defending champion Phil Laak. Joining him are the likes of Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Dave ‘The Devilfish’ Ulliott, JP Kelly, Annette Obrestad, Sorel Mizzi, Roland de Wolfe, James Akenhead, Neil Channing, Praz Bansi, Luke Schwartz, Jennifer Tilly and the ‘winner’ from the recent Big Game David ‘Viffer’ Peat.
Phil Laak said; “Last year was a wild roller coaster ride. This year I am looking forward to coming back to defend my title – it is ideal that it comes straight off the back off the WPT London Poker Classic – hopefully I can win both!”
Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport said: “London is the place to be for poker in the next few months and the PartyPoker.com World Open will feature the strongest line-up the capital will see. Once again the tournament will boast its triple-stack format giving fans across the world the chance to see the world's leading players in full flow.”
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Stoke Anniversary Cup Heating Up
We spotted this added value tournament a while ago and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. On Sunday August 1st at 2pm it’s the 4th Stoke Anniversary Cup at the Circus Casino in Stoke. It’s a £150 freezeout with an amazing £4,000 added to the prize pool. Now it has been announced that a free raffle will take place at the start of the event for a £530 WPT London Live Satellite Ticket.
The capacity for the event has increased to 310 and some big names including James Akenhead, Jon Kalmar, Dave Colclough, Marc Goodwin and Stuart Rutter have confirmed.
Poker Million Results
The first three heats of the Full Tilt Poker Million IX are in the bag and we know the first trio of players to make the December live final. Former champion Howard Lederer booked his place in the final after defeating Richard Ashby heads up in heat one. Ashby will now play in the runners up heat.
It was a battle of the Hendon Mob in heat two as Barny Boatman came out on top against his good friend Ram Vaswani. Boatman reaches the final 10 years since he last did it in this competition, "I was in the very first final and missed out three times since then so it's been a long time coming to get another shot and I'm delighted" he commented afterwards.
Finally Brighton and Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom put on a stunning performance to beat Eric Seidel in a field that included Mike Matusow, Annette Obrestad, the Devilfish and Tony G. ‘The Lizard’ will play in his third Poker Million final in December:
"It was a real quality field and Eric is a world class act so I'm delighted," said Bloom. "I hope its third time lucky though - it's bound to be a tough heat because of the quality players in the line up but I hope to do well and I don't think it can be as strong as this field though."
The show now takes a break for a couple of months but you can still win your way direct to the televised final by qualifying on Full Tilt Poker in their ‘parachute’ freeroll.