The PartyPoker Premier League will run its fifth edition in April as a World Poker Tour special event. The Montesino in Vienna will bring the WPT Premier League V presented by PartyPoker.com to life as it kicks off the event on April 4th - 10th with a $125,000 buy-in.
The pros that are ready and waiting with confirmation of their entry in the event include WPT Season IX Player of the Year and Premier League Mixed Game Championship winner Andy Frankenberger and Vanessa Selbst, Sam Trickett, Tony G, and Luke "FullFlush" Schwartz.
“I'm delighted to be taking the world's biggest and most entertaining TV tournament to Vienna and the prestigious Montesino Casino,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of producer Matchroom Sport. “With a further buy-in increase, we expect the strongest field ever as poker’s greatest players gather to take down the WPT Premier League V title."
PartyPoker released the following:
Sixteen elite players will be split up into two groups of eight, each competing in four league matches showcasing the famous point system ($2,000 per point). The top three from each group will automatically go through to the final table, while the fourth and fifth seeds will square off in a series of heads up matches (best of three) for spots in the eight-handed finale. This year’s special event boasts a massive $200,000 added for the final table and awards the winner with entry into the $25,500 WPT World Championship, running May 19 to 26 at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Kara Scott will be covering the WPT Premier League V for television, as four hours of each heat will air initially in the U.K. on SkySports and then be distributed internationally.
In order for this to happen a shift had to be made in the WPT schedule. The WPT Vienna Main Event has been changed to April 10th - 15th. And the PartyPoker.com Big Game V will be televised for 48-hours straight and run from April 11th through the 13th.
“We welcome the introduction of the televised WPT Premier League V and PartyPoker.com Big Game V to the schedule,” said Leon Groenewoud, COO and Head of Events at Montesino, Vienna. “Coupled with WPT Vienna, these events will make Austria the hot bed of poker action during the first half of April.”
More information is available on the WPT Premier League V presented by PartyPoker.com, the WPT Vienna Main Event, and the PartyPoker.com Big Game V, at the worldpokertour.com.