The Game begins airing today in Sweden

PartyPoker announced this week that coverage of the PartyPoker Scandinavian Poker Masters - The Game begins airing tonight in Sweden.

Scandinavian Poker Masters - The Game is Scandinavia's first televised high-stakes cash game. It can be seen at 12:35 a.m. Sunday night/Monday morning on Kanal 5, and it will run for nine weeks in that time slot.

The Game was played and filmed in London in August 2007. Clips of the monster pots have already been circulating on the Internet via YouTube, but this will be the first chance people will get to see more of the action.

The familiar (mostly) Scandinavian faces in on that action are Patrik Antonius, Martin De Knijff, Jan Sorensen, Per Hildebrand, Rene Mouritsen, Ilari Sahamies, Fredrik Halling, Tobias Persson, Tony G and Juha Helppi, who is also the PartyPoker Premier League champion.

Players had to post up a minimum of $50,000 to sit down at the game, and there were also two online qualifiers who sat down at the table full of Scandinavian sharks.

The two qualifiers were Johan Ocklind from Uppsala, Sweden, and Jan "Chili" Nilsson from Stockholm, Sweden. Ocklind qualified for just $1.

"The language at the table is predominantly English," said a PartyPoker spokesman. "Look out for the six-figure pots and the tension between Ilari Sahamies and Patrick Antonius, which makes great television for any poker fan."

The first show starts with Hildebrand, Sorensen, Sahamies, Tony G, De Knijff and Nilsson at the table. Commentary is provided by Peter Backe and Peter "Nalle" Hedlund.

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