The PartyPoker Premier League V kicked off yesterday in spectacular fashion with Group A playing the first of their four rounds. Part of Group A were none other than the British trio Mathew Frankland, Sam Trickett and Luke Schwartz, all aiming to get some points on the board and of course some prize money.
This year's Premier League sees the top three points earners from each of the two groups progress to the final and whilst the fourth and fifth place finishers battle it out heads-up and the winner makes it through to the next round. During the group stages points and prize money are awarded as follows:
It was Schwartz who was the first player out and the only person in the heat not to pick up any points or money for his efforts. he lost a huge pot to fellow Brit Trickett when the latter made it 8,000 to play, Schwartz three-bet to 25,000 and then called when Trickett moved all in for 204,000 in total. Trickett turned over and was up against Schwartz's . The board ran out and Schwartz was left with just 10,000 chips.
These went into the middle shortly afterwards holding and Frankland called with . A third six on the flop for Frankland was more than enough to bust Schwartz and he exited the stage bitterly disappointed with how his day had gone.
Following Schwartz to the rail was Erik Seidel and then Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov before Frankland turned the executioner again when he sent Tony G packing! The young Brit open shoved 15 big blinds with and Tony G called with but by the river the board read and Tony G headed for the rail.
Frankland then dispatched of Trickett when he called his fellow countryman's shove with and found himself in a dominating position against . Frankland spiked an unneeded eight on the river and play became three-handed. But just as it looked like "Franky" was going to go all the way and take down the first round he ran into the run good of Phil Laak. Our hero opened to 80,000, Laak shoved and Frankland called with to find himself up against . The gifted Laak a ton of equity and the turn catapulted him in front. The river sent the Teeside lad home for an early bath, albeit with 11 points and $16,000 in his back pocket.
Laak went on to beat Andy Frankenberger heads-up to claim the maximum 16 points and $32,000 in cash.
Group A Round 1 Finishing Positions
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