PartyPoker Big Game Returns at WPT Vienna
This February the seventh season of the PartyPoker.com Big Game will play out alongside the WPT Vienna main event and the Vienna MindSports Festival in Austria.
The Big Game is a marathon televised cash game that starts with blinds of €25/€50 but, as we've seen in past seasons, players aren't afraid to raise the stakes.
The Big Game and the WPT Vienna main event will both be hosted by the Montesino Card Casino February 19-24.
“It’s great to be hosting the PartyPoker.com Big Game again this year – let’s just hope it will be as eventful as last year,” said Leon Groenewoud, a host at the Montesino.
“PartyPoker.com WPT Vienna is the centerpiece of a festival of poker and once again we will be going all out to offer cash games for players at all different levels.”
The Big Game VI went down at the Montesino last spring, a 48-hour poker session that was streamed live online.
The game had a maximum buy-in of €20,000 and saw a rotating cast of poker stars including Sam Trickett, Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Ignat “0human0” Liviu, among others.
American Phil Laak came out the biggest winner with roughly €160,000 in profit, despite infamously mucking the winner hand in a €63k pot against Brit Andy Mosely.
Online qualifiers for WPT Vienna are running now until early February on PartyPoker.com.
Each $6,500 package includes the $4,600 WPT main event buy-in, six nights hotel accommodation and $750 in spending money.
In 2012 the WPT Vienna main event was won by PartyPoker.com qualifier Morten Christensen who took down €313,000 plus a seat in the $25k WPT Championship at Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Phil Laak Mucks a €63k Winner
American pro Phil Laak was the biggest winner at the last PartyPoker.com Big Game and he was also the only player to last the entire 48-hour session.
That lack of sleep might explain why he threw away the best hand in a massive all-in pot against Andy Mosely.
Check out the video below to see the full hand.