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Champion Boxer Carl Froch to Play In The £1M Guaranteed WPT500 UK

Carl Froch

Last week it was the Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce who partypoker chose to help promote the upcoming £1 million guaranteed WPT500 UK event. This week they’ve roped another Nottingham-based sports star into giving in the shape of the formidable boxer Carl Froch.

Froch, nicknamed “The Cobra,” is set to join Poker Hall of Famer and partypoker Team Pro Mike Sexton for the “shuffle up and deal” ceremony before taking to the felt himself during November 15’s special turbo heat of the WPT500.

In the ring, Froch has a fantastic record of 33 wins from 35 fights with 24 of those victories coming by the way of knockout. Hopefully the only knocking out Froch will be doing at WPT500 is the kind involving players from the tournament!

As Pearce did in his interviews with partypoker, Froch drew parallels between his chosen sport and poker, with psychology featuring heavily.

“There are a lot of similarities in the mental side of boxing and poker. Sometimes, when I watch a heads-up game, I think about being face-to-face with an opponent in the ring and like the poker players, you are looking into their eyes to try to get into their heads, see what they are thinking: do they look scared, confident, intimidated? You can take read a lot into another fighter from that and of course, being able to successfully read an opponent is a massive plus in poker – and of course, concentration is huge has make one mistake in both and you can be knocked out.”

Froch also thinks, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, that the manager of his beloved Nottingham Forest (Stuart Pearce) could be a favourite in the ring against Froch’s old foe George Groves. When asked who would win a fight between Pearce and Groves, Froch replied:

“Well George is a top fighter but I’ve got to go with Psycho – he’s a Nottingham legend and a proper hard man, just like me! He’d be able to take the best George can throw at him and come back with more. I’d probably teach him how to throw that big right hand too!”

There will be little time for joking during the WPT500 because with the prize pool guaranteed to top £1,000,000 the stakes are high. That said, Froch has promised that if he is knocked out he will be staying for the players' party and will be giving away a signed pair of boxing gloves.

The WPT500 kicks off of November 9 with the first of its seven starting flights, with Day 2 taking place on November 15 and the champion crowned on November 16.

WPT500 UK Schedule

Thu 6 Nov12:00WPT Warm Up Day 1a£125£250,000
Thu 6 Nov18:00WPT Warm Up Day 1b£125£250,000
Fri 7 Nov12:00WPT Warm Up Day 1c£125£250,000
Fri 7 Nov18:00WPT Warm Up Day 1d£125£250,000
Sat 8 Nov12:00WPT Warm Up Day 1e£125£250,000
Sat 8 Nov18:00WPT Warm Up Day 1f£125£250,000
Sun 9 Nov10:30WPT Warm Up Day 1g Turbo£125£250,000
Sun 9 Nov15:00WPT Warm Up Final Day £250,000
Sun 9 Nov15:00partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1a£500£1,000,000
Mon 10 Nov13:00partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1b£500£1,000,000
Tue 11 Nov13:00partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1c£500£1,000,000
Wed 12 Nov13:00partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1d£500£1,000,000
Thu 13 Nov13:00partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1e£500£1,000,000
Fri 14 Nov13:00partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1f£500£1,000,000
Sat 15 Nov12:00partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1g Turbo£500£1,000,000
Sat 15 Nov15:30partypoker WPT500 UK Day 2 £1,000,000
Sat 15 Nov16:00WPT500 Second Chance Day 1a£500£100,000
Sun 16 Nov12:00WPT500 Second Chance Day 1b Turbo£500£100,000
Sun 16 Nov13:00partypoker WPT500 UK Final Day £1,000,000
Sun 16 Nov15:30WPT500 Second Chance Final Day £100,000

Immediately after the WPT500 festivities is the first World Poker Tour festival to take place in an English city outside of London. There’s a £300,000 guaranteed High Roller (£6,000 buy-in), a £200,000 guaranteed six-max event (£2,000 buy-in), a £100,000 guaranteed 8-max tournament (£1,000 buy-in), a £50,000 guaranteed £500 buy-in Deepstack and the eagerly anticipated £1,000,000 guaranteed partypoker WPT UK Main Event (£3,000 buy-in). We can hardly contain ourselves!

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