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 Nov||12:00||WPT Warm Up Day 1a||£125||£250,000|
|Thu 6 Nov||18:00||WPT Warm Up Day 1b||£125||£250,000|
|Fri 7 Nov||12:00||WPT Warm Up Day 1c||£125||£250,000|
|Fri 7 Nov||18:00||WPT Warm Up Day 1d||£125||£250,000|
|Sat 8 Nov||12:00||WPT Warm Up Day 1e||£125||£250,000|
|Sat 8 Nov||18:00||WPT Warm Up Day 1f||£125||£250,000|
|Sun 9 Nov||10:30||WPT Warm Up Day 1g Turbo||£125||£250,000|
|Sun 9 Nov||15:00||WPT Warm Up Final Day||£250,000|
|Sun 9 Nov||15:00||partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1a||£500||£1,000,000|
|Mon 10 Nov||13:00||partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1b||£500||£1,000,000|
|Tue 11 Nov||13:00||partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1c||£500||£1,000,000|
|Wed 12 Nov||13:00||partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1d||£500||£1,000,000|
|Thu 13 Nov||13:00||partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1e||£500||£1,000,000|
|Fri 14 Nov||13:00||partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1f||£500||£1,000,000|
|Sat 15 Nov||12:00||partypoker WPT500 UK Day 1g Turbo||£500||£1,000,000|
|Sat 15 Nov||15:30||partypoker WPT500 UK Day 2||£1,000,000|
|Sat 15 Nov||16:00||WPT500 Second Chance Day 1a||£500||£100,000|
|Sun 16 Nov||12:00||WPT500 Second Chance Day 1b Turbo||£500||£100,000|
|Sun 16 Nov||13:00||partypoker WPT500 UK Final Day||£1,000,000|
|Sun 16 Nov||15:30||WPT500 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!