PartyPoker World Open begins; Phil Laak defends title

PartyPoker World Open begins; Phil Laak defends title

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

A couple of dozen of the world’s top pros are convening in London this week – not for the WSOPE or the impending EPO or EPT but for the sixth run of the PartyPoker World Open that began yesterday at the Palm Beach casino, Mayfair.

Yesterday, in a heat that could have been held at The Vic, Neil Channing, Sam Trickett, Marty Smyth, Ian Frazer and James Akenhead made it a battle of the Brits. Channing bemoaned the 300,000 starting stacks saying: “Not much room for 3-bet folding; first light 3-bet got snapped and I busted.” Trickett took the honours in heat one, defeating Marty Smyth heads up.

Still to play out of the 47 entrants are defending champion Phil Laak and the beautiful Jennifer Tilly; WCoOP and WPT champion Yevgeniy Timoshenko and inaugural WSOPE winner Annette Obrestad.

The schedule for the remaining heats is as follows:

Heat 2 (6 and 7 September)
Brandon Cantu
Andrew Robl
James Mitchell
Matt Perrins
Josh Gould
Huck Seed
Dragan Galic
Felipe Ramos

Heat 3 (7 September)
Liam Flood
Luke Schwartz
Annette Obrestad
David Viffer Peat
John Duthie
John Eames
Barny Boatman
Giovanni Safina

Heat 4 (8 September)
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Praz Bansi
Simon Zach
Jake Cody
Fabrice Souiler
Open Seat
Tyron Krost

Heat 5 (8 and 9 September)
Phil Laak
John Tabatabai
Toby Lewis
Roland De Wolfe
Dale Hoy
Heather Mercer
Tom Dwan
Jason Grey

Heat 6 (9 September)
Juha Helppi
Sorel Mizzi
Jennifer Tilly
Sandra Naujoks
Roberto Romanello
Bruno Fitoussi
Mike Sexton

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