Tuesday, October 18, 2011 : November event a collaboration between Party Poker and Matchroom Sport
Party Poker.com and Matchroom Sport will be bringing a three poker discipline tournament dubbed The PartyPoker.com Premier League Poker Mixed Game Championship to the Playboy Club London in Mayfair from November 13 to 17, 2011.
The $25K buy-in event is open to 12 players who will play in three disciplines of poker – No-Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha.
Tony G, Mike Sexton and UK young guns Sam Trickett and Luke Schwartz are the first four players to sign up for the event which will see two groups of six players aiming to make the top three in the group to reach the final.
Each player will be guaranteed prize money with the winner of the event invited to the main-event of the PartyPoker.com Premier League.
The two groups will play three heats covering each discipline with a points system determining the final standings – the top three players will progress to the final which will be a mix of the three disciplines from the heat stage. In an interesting twist, each player will receive a “double up” card that they can use in any of their three heats and receive double points for their efforts.
“I think it’s fantastic that games other than No Limit Hold’em are going to get TV exposure,” said Mike Sexton. “Poker is more than one game. This is a bold move, but a good one!”
Eddie Hearn, managing director of Matchroom Sport said: “In 2010 we won the Poker Innovation Award and we remain committed to producing poker programming and events that excite both players and audiences alike.
"With the Mixed Game Championship the format offers the viewer games that they rarely see on TV. It is also a great test for the players too, taking them out of their comfort-zone and watching them compete in three different disciplines will be compelling viewing.”
Sky Sports will broadcast the show in the United Kingdom followed by International distribution.