Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to put on the boxing gloves and duke it out at the poker table to determine which sex makes the better poker players. Today marked the beginning rounds of the Battle of the Sexes at Purple Lounge Poker.
The first stages of the battle will have men and women competing separately to find the cream of the crop.
Through the month of May men and women will each have five freerolls or five buy-in tournaments they can play in to win their way into the monthly final. Only the winners will move on to the final on June 1.
This process will repeat for June and July, with the monthly finals taking place July 1 and Aug. 1.
The top 2 players from the monthly final will move on to the live grand final taking place in a secret location in London Aug. 11. That makes for a grand total of six men and six women facing off live to determine who is the better poker player.
The winner of the grand final will have the prestige of proving their gender is the best poker players and will walk away with a seat in the grand final of the Swedish Poker Tour with flights, hotel and spending money included.
The second place prize is a Quintessentially membership, a private members' club that provides an elite concierge service. The top male or female in the tournament will receive a luxurious evening for of their choice.
Today was the first buy-in tournament for the Battle of the Sexes, and the schedule for the rest of the month for both the men and the women is:
- May 5: Freeroll 1
- May 8: Buy-in 2
- May 12: Freeroll 2
- May 15: Buy-in 3
- May 19: Freeroll 3
- May 22: Buy-in 4
- May 26: Freeroll 4
- May 29: Buy-in 5
- May 31: Freeroll 5
All events take place at 8:15 p.m. (BST). The buy-in events cost $3+30¢ and have re-buys and add-ons.
For more information or to check out the schedule for June and July as well, visit Purple Lounge Poker.