PKR Heads-Up Grand Slam starts today

PKR Heads-Up Grand Slam starts today

Thursday, 8 October 2009

The inaugural PKR Heads-Up Grand Slam kicks off today and what an exciting line-up it is. Fresh off the back of WSOPE and EPT tournaments here in London, this invite-only event features some of the world’s best known and well loved pro players including Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Luke “__FullFlush1__” Schwartz.

Highlights of the draw include 2008 WSOP Champion and yesterday’s EPT London runner-up Peter Eastgate versus his Premier League rival, EPT London winner Vicky Coren, while Academy Award nominated actress and WSOP bracelet holder Jennifer Tilly will take on the ‘The Mouth from Down Under’ Tony G.

Meanwhile the other British players have their work cut out – mouthy Luke Schwartz will face former World Poker Tour champion and WCOOP Main Event winner Yevgeniy Timoshenko. In a particularly juicy match-up, Hold ‘em master Tom Dwan will face WSOP Heads-Up runner-up John Duthie in a tantalising clash of poker minds.

In addition, four lucky online qualifiers from next-generation poker site PKR will be taking on Antonio Esfandiari, Juha Helppi, David Williams and Ivan Demidov in the first round.

Matchroom Managing Director Eddie Hearn commented "There are some really exciting clashes lined up for the first round of the PKR Heads Up Grand Slam, but it's also interesting to see what could happen as the tournament develops.

“In the top half of the draw, if Annette can overcome Ian Frazer and John Tabbatabi can defeat the Devilfish, then they could meet in the second round for a rematch of the 2007 WSOPE final. The winner could face WSOP Champ Peter Eastgate in the quarter finals whilst Tony G and Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies could face off in the other quarter final. In the bottom half, Phil Laak or James Sudworth could face a tough test in the second round against Ivan Demidov, and Full Flush and Durrrr may well meet in the semis. The connotations are endless but each match will carry plenty of drama.”

The event will take place from today (8th) and will run until the 10th October in London’s 3 Mills Studios. It will be shown on Sky Sports in the UK and distributed to various International broadcasters.


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