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World Heads Up Championship Set for London Next Month

World Heads Up Championship Moves to London for Ninth Renewal in October


London Poker Circuit comes to an endDetails of the ninth World Heads Up Championship were announced today with the event, sponsored by, moving from Barcelona to the Grosvenor Victoria Casino, London from October 27 to 31, 2009.

The £3,000 buy in no-limit hold’em event will have a maximum of 128 players and a first prize of £200,000.

It will be broadcast live on the Internet at and and be shown around the world on terrestrial and satellite TV as five, one-hour shows.

The long-running event was first staged at the Concord Card Casino in Vienna from 2001 to 2003 before moving to Barcelona from 2004 to 2008.

The “single elimination” event (once a player loses a match they are out) was the first poker tournament to use “lipstick” cameras in the edge of the table.

The structure will see players start with 20,000 in chips and play 30 minutes levels. Blinds will be frozen at level six:

Level 1: 100 – 200
Level 2: 150 – 300
Level 3: 200 – 400
Level 4: 300 – 600
Level 5: 400 – 800
Level 6: 500 – 1000

This progressive structure was not always the case though — in the first year the blinds did not increase and players resulting in one match lasting 10 hours.

The previous winners of the event are:

2001 — Bruno Fitoussi
2002 — Kirill Gerasimov
2003 — John Cernuto
2004 — Angel Blanco Puras
2005 — Peter Gunnarson
2006 — Isaac Maoylas de Vega
2007 — Jeff Kimber
2008 — Mauro Stivoli

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