Hellmuth to head to European Open IV

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth will head back to London for the European Open IV.

The PartyPoker European Open IV is set to get under way Feb. 1-8 with possibly the strongest field it's seen so far. That playing field will be led by Phil Hellmuth and his 11 World Series of Poker bracelets.

Not only will Surinder Sunar.

"Every time Hellmuth comes to the U.K. he has a massive target painted on his forehead, and the more he talks, the more Europe's finest become determined to 'Kill Phil,'" said a PartyPoker spokesman.

"Players such as Feldman, Frazer and Flood all have great form in this format so The Poker Brat's definitely not going to be impressed when he isn't made favorite to win."

The tournament will have a $7,000 buy-in, up from $5,000 last year, to create a $504,000 prize pool. The players will battle through heats to make their way into the money.

The playing field will initially be split into 12 heats, with the winner of each progressing to the semi-final state. The runners-up from the heats will also battle it out again for two open spots in the semi-final in "last chance" turbo heats.

The PartyPoker European Open IV will be filmed to be broadcast later this year on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom.

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