PartyPoker Starts Premier League IV Qualifiers

JC Tran

The Premier League is coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever and PartyPoker is inviting its players along for the ride.

The online poker room started satellites for the Premier League IV today. The event is scheduled to take place in February and it’s possible to qualify on PartyPoker for as little as $2.

A total of 16 players will qualify for a special playoff in Las Vegas that will determine which player gets the $100,000 buy-in to face 11 professional players in the official Premier League IV.

PartyPoker will also award one player with a lucrative Team Party contract worth $100,000.

“One amazing element of this promotion that provides a truly fantastic opportunity is that one of the 16 qualifiers will be chosen to receive a $100,000 Team Party contract to be a sponsored player,” said a PartyPoker spokesman.

“This decision will be made by PartyPoker within two weeks after the event takes place. We will only get a flavor of who we want to sponsor once we have had a chance to meet and interact with the 16 players that make it out to Vegas.”

TV crews are set to film both the qualifier playoff and the Premier League IV Final, which means even the satellite winners will get their time in the spotlight.

J.C. Tran, winner of the Premier League III, has already been confirmed to take part in the upcoming Premier League. Tran outlasted a stiff field last season that included Tom Dwan, Tony G, Roland de Wolfe, Peter Eastgate and Juha Helppi.

“I am very much looking forward to defending my Premier League title,” said Tran. “It was a fantastic experience last year and is an amazing format. I am certainly not giving up my crown without a fight.”

The Premier League began in England and has crowned Juha Helppi, Roland de Wolfe and the aforementioned J.C. Tran as champions over the span of its three year existence. The event follows a shootout-style format that sees winners in the preliminary heats qualify for the final table.

PartyPoker is set to announce the rest of the poker celebrities that will take part in the Premier League IV over the coming weeks.

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