Comeback for Phil Hellmuth?

January 22, 2010

philhellmuthjrLast week, PartyPoker and Matchroom Sport announced that 11-bracelet WSOP winner, Phil Hellmuth, has signed up for PartyPoker’s Premier League IV in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event will take place February 12th through 18th, 2010. Alongside Hellmuth will be Yevgeniy Timoshenko and defending champ, JC Tran.

Hellmuth says of the event, “I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League and starting the new decade off on the right note! After being points leader in the Premier League in 2006, 2007, and 2008 I was relegated, and it is time to step up and claim a title!”

Sixteen lucky players who qualified for a chance to play in the league will participate in a preliminary Premier League Poker playoff, and one of these players will advance to compete against the 11 professional poker players the main event. These playoffs will consist of a short series of sit & go’s with the winner receiving the $100K buy-in to the Premier League IV event. Both preliminary and main events will be aired on television. In addition, one of the 16 qualifying players will be selected by PartyPoker to receive a $100K Team Party contract. To qualify via a country-specific qualifier, check in the specials tab of the PartyPoker lobby.

The PartyPoker’s Premier League III champion was JC Tran, considered one of the world’s finest tournament players in the poker circuit. He took home $300K as a result of his win after he and 11 other of the world’s best poker players battled it out for the $1.25 million prize pool. Other final table players from last year included Peter Eastgate, Roland de Wolfe, Juha Helppi, Tony G, and Tom “durrrr” Dwan. This year, the prize pool will reach an unprecedented $1.5 million. Perhaps Hellmuth will start the decade off right and make a comeback from his less- than-average performance of 2009.

Other former Premier League champs include Andy Black (Premier League II) and Juha Helppi (Premier League I).


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