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Euro Poker News: PartyPoker.com Premiere League

New Televised Poker Spectacle Being Filmed in the UK for Channel 4

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The groundbreaking series, developed by Matchroom Sport, will feature 12 of the world's best 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 six 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.com adding $260,000 to the final table prize pool.

Ten-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.

Poker superstar Phil Hellmuth commented: "I love the UK and feel at home there, so I am really looking forward to Premier League Poker. It's always challenging to match wits with the world's best poker players but I'm coming for the title - make no mistake about that!"

A PartyPoker.com spokesman said "Premier League Poker is an exciting new concept and is sure to make great television. The interest from pros on both sides of the Atlantic has been excellent."

Eddie Hearn, Poker Director of Matchroom Sport said, "We are delighted to bring these players together for this exciting new event. Premier League Poker has everything; some of the biggest names in world poker, big prize money and international TV distribution."

Before filming gets underway on Monday 26th February until the Grand Final on 4th March at Maidstone Studios, Kent, there is a pre-tournament party on the evening of the 25th February that media are invited to at the Marriott Tudor Park in Maidstone. PartyPoker.com has a limited number of rooms to give away to media.

For more information contact Warren Lush at warrenl@partygaming.com