And then there were four — the partypoker Premier League VII added two more players on Thursday, October 3rd, when Phil Laak and Jeff Gross opted into the $125,000 buy-in Premier League televised event. The Playground Poker Club in Montreal will host from November 20th through the 26th. Already in the mix and adding the foam required to create a great starting line-up are Antonio Esfandiari and Tony G. The addition of Gross and Laak leave 12 spots to be filled on the 16-player lineup.
Laak recently made the final table of the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker and his presence promises to add crowd fan appeal to those watching on television. Laak has a very distinct and unique poker presence and is an obvious selection for the Premier League. In the past Laak entered the Premier League IV final table as the overwhelming chip leader but managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and busted in sixth place for $146,000. The Premier League V found him exiting to eventual winner Scott Seiver in the final round. The "Unabomber" will be working on his first Premier League title and is sure to entertain as he plays his way through the competition.
“The Premier League is awesome. And Montreal is awesome! Massively stoked for this event," Laak told the partypoker Blog.
Gross, who may be best known as the close friend of Olympian Michael Phelps, will be firing up the action in November when he takes his seat for the first time in the Premiere League. Gross is no stranger to tournament play, he amassed more than $1.4 million on the live tournament circuit. The biggest score of his career was third place in the inaugural $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha 8 event for $364,770.
“So excited to be playing in the partypoker Premier League," said Gross. "It is a great honor to be invited and compete with many of the top players in the game. This is a very prestigious title and thrilled it is at Playground Poker which is my favorite venue to play poker at. Montreal is world class city and I will be counting down the days until November 20th!”
First place in the Premier League will take home $350,000! In March’s edition of the Premier League event, it was Dan Shak who took home $450,000 for taking down the title. Kara Scott will be providing anchor coverage and Jesse May's lead commentary will keep the updates and comments rolling in — look for guest analysts to join him in the booth.
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