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Phil Hellmuth to play in Premier League III
The organizers behind PartyPoker's Premier League III have announced their final addition to the roster, and it's a player you just might know.
Phil "Poker Brat" Hellmuth will be making his third straight appearance in the popular invitation-only U.K. poker series.
The trash-talking Hellmuth has always been one of the most colorful characters on the show. In the very first run of the league, he made it all the way to third place before being ousted by Finnish player Andy Black, Juha Helppi and recent 2008 WSOP Main Event champion Peter Eastgate.
Matchroom Sport director of online gaming Eddie Hearn is incredibly pleased with the group of players confirmed for Premier League III.
"The whole reason Matchroom Sport became involved with poker is because we love the game," he said.
"We wanted to deliver a dream dozen for the fans and this is without a doubt the most exciting line up in poker history. The Premier League is an arena where greatness is on display and genius happens - 12 of the game's biggest ever talents will face off for over a million dollars in what will be the greatest poker spectacle of all time."
The aforementioned Eastgate recently broke Hellmuth's record as the youngest World Champion, so the Poker Brat will have a chance to enact revenge upon the young Danish star.
"Only a few weeks back, Peter Eastgate broke my record as 'youngest world champion of poker in history' at the tender age of 22-years-old," said Hellmuth. Talk about being on form, this kid won over $9 million at the WSOP Main Event! I'm looking forward to watching the way this young gun plays his hands in the Premier League."
It's also worth noting that Hellmuth and Dwan have a prior history: the two played each other in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Challenge. Dwan managed a massive suck-out; Hellmuth was obviously frustrated, and started berating Dwan.
Dwan offered Hellmuth a series of heads-up matches for thousands of dollars. Hellmuth, to date, has not taken him up on that offer. The two could very well clash again for the first time at the Premier League.
PartyPoker.com Premier League III sees the buy-in elevated to $75,000 and the added money raised to $350,000, making a total prize pool of $1.25 million.
The next event wasn't due to take place until 2009, but the demands of international broadcasters for coverage of the event have brought it forward. The series features 12 of the world's best players in a unique league format. All 12 players will play six times in the preliminary stages.
The leading four players will then progress to the final table, with the next four battling it out in heads-up matches for the final two seats.
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