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Poker News: Premier League Poker, Poker League, Party Poker

March 15, 2007.

PartyPoker.com Premier League Poker To Be Launched Soon.

premier league Party Poker is pleased to announce the launch of the PartyPoker's Premier League Poker, a new televised poker spectacle (being filmed at Maidstone Studios in Kent, UK).

The groundbreaking series will feature 12 of the world’s best poker players playing in a unique league format for a $500,000 pot.

With a system developed especially to showcase the legendary poker prowess of each player, they will play 6 times in the preliminary stages. The leading four players will then progress to the final table with the next four battling it out in heads-up matches for the final two seats. Each player will buy-in for $20,000, with PartyPoker adding $260,000 to the final table prize pool.

10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth will lead a top field that includes: Dave ‘The Devilfish’ Ulliott, Tony G, Andy Black, Kiril Gerasimov, Liz Lieu, Ian Fraser, Roland De Wolfe, Vicky Coren, Juha Helppi, Kenna James and Eddy Scharf.

Added March 5
February 27. Here are the standings after each player has played 1 heat each.
Phil Hellmuth 8 Pts.
Juha Helppi 8 Pts.
Liz Lieu 6 Pts.
Eddie Sharrf 6 Pts.
Andrew Black 3 Pts.
Kenna James 3 Pts.
Vicky Coren 2 Pts.
Karil Gerasimov 2 Pts.
David Ulliot 1 Pt.
Roland De Wolfe 1 Pt.
Tony G 0 Pts.
Ian frazer 0 Pts.

March 5 action
Juha is way out in front with over half the chips in play 4 handed. Sharf stuttering a little on the last blind level behind him. Hellmuth has 3 big blinds left, and Liz Lieu is also very shot stack.

Lieu is gone. Juha scooped another big pot. He has over 1 million of the 1.6 million chips in play now. Phil Hellmuth has done well to outlast 3 players given his poor form early on in this final. 3 players left in this final. Helppi missed out on his first WSOP coming second to Hellmuth, and Scharf won one of his bracelet when gifted a pot by Hellmuth in a limit Omaha final table.

Hellmuth raised to 80K with K♦-K♣ and Helppi made a loose call with 8♠-7♦. A♦-J♥-8♠ flop and both players checked. 7♠ on the turn. A very lucky card for Helppi who leads out. Hellmuth feels he has no choice but to move all in and is called. River 5♠ and he is out.

Heads-Up: Juha Helppi is the Champion
Juha has a 4:1 chip lead and unless Sharf picks up a hand this contest is all but over. Sharf moved all-in with 5♠-6♠ and is called by Helppi with A♥-2♣. Flop K♠-K♦-10♥-8♦-2♥ and its all over.

Sharf missed his best chance to double up the previous hand when he folded pocket 4s pre-flop to a button raise against K-Qo. Juha really deserves the win. When this show goes out on TV everyone will agree he was the best player not just at the final table but all week long.

Source: PartyPoker & PokerNews


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