The line-up for the forthcoming PartyPoker.com Premier League Poker V has just become even more impressive after Ukrainian duo Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Eugene Katchalov were announced as the latest additions to the $125,000 buy-in event in Vienna.
The USA-based Europeans will face up to the likes of Patrik Antonius, Erik Seidel, Andy Frankenberger, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst, Team Party Poker Pro Tony G, Sam Trickett, Luke ‘FullFlush’ Schwartz, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan and Phil ‘The Unabomber’ Laak during the April 4 to 10 event in the Austrian capital city’s Montesino Casino. That really is an exciting list of names for the 16-player event – and will surely provide poker fans with many thrills and spills as the tournament progresses, although it was disappointing to hear that poker superstar Phil Hellmuth has chosen not to make the journey to Europe for the competition.
Katchalov ‘Excited’ to Make Line-Up
Certainly, one-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Katchalov – who is now living in New York – can’t wait to get playing against some of the world’s best poker pros, telling the PartyPoker Blog: “I’m very happy and excited to be able to play the PartyPoker Premier League Event this year.
“From what I’ve heard and read, it’s a unique and fun structured event that will have some tough competition but I’m sure will be a great experience overall.”
The 31-year-old Team PokerStars Pro – who picked up $122,909 for winning event #5, a $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud tournament, at last summer’s WSOP in Las Vegas – has accumulated over $7 million in live event earnings.
Katchalov had a good 2011 as he also pocketed $1.5 million for taking down the $100,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) on Paradise Island last January. However, his biggest ever cash victory – for $2,482,605 – came back in December of 2007 when he lifted the World Poker Tour (WPT) $15,000 buy-in Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic No-Limit Hold’em event.
Timoshenko Has Impressive Resume
Seattle-based Timoshenko, meanwhile, also sports an outstanding list of successes – online and live – having notched up more than $9 million in winnings from his short career as a pro. The 23-year-old pocketed $2,149,960 for winning the $25,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Championship event at the WPT’s Seventh Annual Five Star World Poker Classic in Vegas back in April of 2009, while he also earned $1,715,200 for taking down the 2009 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) main event – under the nickname ‘Jovial Gent’ – after outlasting a field of 2,144 players.
With experienced English pro Ian Frazer having already secured a $13,000 package to the Premier League of Poker qualifiers via PartyPoker’s online satellites, the line-up for this fifth staging of the event just keeps, amazingly, getting better and better. The Premier League, which will be recorded for broadcast by Sky Sports, also boasts a huge $200,000 added for the final table, while the winner will pick up a $25,500 seat at this year’s WPT World Championship that runs from May 19 to 26 at The Bellagio in Sin City as part of the $2 million prize pool.
Vienna will definitely be the place to be come next month as the 16-player Premier League is not the only show in town, following on from the PartyPoker.com-sponsored WPT Vienna €3,500 buy-in main event from April 10 to 15 and preceding the Party Poker Big Game VI from April 11 for that 48-hour tournament.
Party Poker Qualifiers End Soon!
Now, if like Frazer, you have an eye on making the Premier League, Party Poker are running weekly satellites, daily qualifiers and freerolls, although there is a midnight, March 18, deadline, so I wouldn’t delay if I were you. The winners, as with the Englishman, will be rewarded with $13,000 packages for the qualifiers that include a $10,450 seat at the televised play-off, four nights’ stay at an extravagant hotel and $1,350 to spend.