partypoker's $125,000 buy-in, invitation-only Premier League VII hosted by the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada, kicks off today and runs to November 26th. The winner will take home $400,000!!! partypoker announced the line-up for their highly anticipated yearly event on Monday evening.
|Antonio Esfandiari||Dan Shak|
|Phil Laak||Vanessa Selbst|
|Scott Seiver||Daniel Cates|
|Jason Koon||Jeff Gross|
|Sorel Mizzi||Greg Mueller|
|Jonathan Duhamel||Brian Rast|
Greg Merson, 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, confirmed for the event but is no longer attending.
PokerNews.com reached out to Merson on his cancellation; Merson provided the following: "Something important came up and I had to cancel last minute. Hoping I get to play the next one. Premier League is an elite event."
partypoker took feedback from players with an approach to improvement to this highly anticipated event and the structure has been altered. The Premier League changes are: 12 players will compete in six eight-handed heats, each player will play in four matches. Points are awarded based upon finishing position with the top four point earners automatically earning a seat at the final table. The remaining eight players will play in a series of best-of-three heads-up matches for the last two spots at the six-handed final table.
The 2012 partypoker Premier League VI finished with a heads-up battle between Dan Shak and Sam Trickett. Shak took down the title and won $450,000. Also headlining the final table were Antonio Esfandiari, Jonathan Duhamel, and Daniel Cates.
The Playground Club will host a $3,500+$350 buy-in partypoker.net WPT Montreal from November 29th-December 5th after the partypoker Premier League VII crowns a champion. Jonathan Roy won the inaugural WPT Montreal in 2012, after besting a 1,173 field of players. Roy took home a massive $777,903 for his victory along with a ticket into the WPT Champions Club.
On Tuesday night Greg Mueller announced on Twitter that he will not be in the competition:
Sad to have to pass up playing in the very prestigious premier poker league @PLAYGROUNDPOKER in Montreal & @PokerNightTV in Reno #StayinHome
Dan Colman will take Mueller's place.
Image courtesy of the partypoker blog.