New Players Announced for Party Poker Premier League VII

October 5, 2013

Earlier this week, Party Poker announced the name of two more players for the lineup of Party Poker Premier League. The players announced are Jeff Gross and Phil Laak. Both have been known to be very good friends and will each shell out $125,000 for buy-in that is required to take part in the event that is schedule to take place at Playground Poker Club. The eventwill also be televised directly from Montreal between 20th and 26th November. The other players in the line up for the premier league include Antonio Esfandiari and Tony G with an additional 8 spots yet to be filled. 

Phil Laak 

Phil Laak is a popular celebrity among poker enthusiasts with a final table appearance to his name at the Legends of Poker, World Poker Tour. He has a large fan following and is a favorite on television, making him a top contender for the tournament spot. Laak has had a brief amount of success in earlier versions of the tournament and has entered the final table of Premier League IV as a chip leader. However, he was unable to seal the deal and ended up in the 6th place with $146,000. Immediately after that in the next installment of the Premier League, Laak placed third after a very good run by succumbing to Scott Seiver. Dubbed as the Unabomber, Phil Laak would be returning to the Premier League with renewed inspiration and motivation to claim the title.

Jeff Gross 

Jeff Gross would be making his debut in the Premier League later this year. He is well known as Michael Phelps’ friend and has also made a name for himself in poker circles by totaling over $1 million in several live tournament circuits. Earlier in August, he posted his career best with $364,770 that he won by placing third in an inaugural $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha 8 tournament. With achievements as his, Jeff Gross is certainly not a stranger when it comes to elite poker tournaments. In a statement to the press, Jeff Gross has said that he is very excited to be included in the tournament and considers it to be a great honor to compete with high profile poker professionals. In addition to this, Gross has also said that Playground Poker Club is among one of his favorite venues to play poker and is happy to play at Montreal.

Highlight’s from last year 

In the previous installment of Premier League Poker, the 25 year old Jonathan Roy from Quebec won the inaugural partypoker WPT Montreal to walk away with a staggering price money. In addition to this, Johnathan also secured a seat at the WPT Champions Cup and also gained a seat in the WPT World Championship at Bellagio. Antonio Esfandiari had also taken part in the event last year and the event also saw Michael Phelps visiting the venue.

League format 

The Premier League format will include all the 16 participants of the invitees’ only event, competing against each other in 6 eight handed heat tournaments. The top four contenders would automatically be qualified to the final table. The remaining four players would then compete in a Heads Up tournament with best of three set that would be used to determine the remaining seats in the final table. The winner of this year’s tournament is expected to walk away with a staggering $350,000

Move to Montreal 

The Premier League VII has moved to Canada and the event will be hosted just off Montreal in Quebec. The Premier League  has quickly grown to become one of the hottest poker events in North America especially because the event is televised every year. The Premier League is also all set to run just before the WPT Montreal event which will also be held at the same venue. The event is highly popular with huge turn outs expected every year. In addition to this, the event would be televised this year and as a result the turnouts expected would be even higher.

Premier League VII 

The winner of the Premier League VII is said to take home about $350,000 as prize money. The previous winners of the Premier League include Andy Black. David Benyamine, Juha Helppi, JC Tran, Dan Shal, and Seiver. Dan Shak has also won the Premier League VI for a prize money of $450,000 after deafeating Sam Trickett for the title. The anchor for the Premier League VII for the televised coverage will be Kara Scott. In addition to this, the commentary will be lead by Jesse May along with several other guest who will join May in the commentary booth. In addition to this, the complete coverage of the event will also be streamed on PartyPoker’s official video streaming website so poker enthusiasts worldwide will be able to view the Premier League unfolding at Montreal.