London – 12th October 2009 – Heat Two of the http://www.partypoker.com World Open V continues! The Matchroom Sport organised event takes place from Sunday 11 October – Thursday 15 October 2009 in London. For the very first time the action takes place in the prestigious Palm Beach Casino in the heart of Mayfair and spectators are welcome to rail. The action starts at 11am every day.
Heat one was won by Luke Schwartz, who secures himself a place at the final table. The runner-up was Christian Schafer, an online qualifier from Germany. The tournament start was held up yesterday after Schwartz was refused entry to the Palm Beach Casino and he was only allowed to step foot in the building after tournament organizers provided him with an escort at all times. Talks are now ongoing to allow the controversial high stakes player back in the building on Thursday for the final but nothing is confirmed as yet. The casino ban is thought to be the result of his recent refusal to pay for a sandwich at EPT London.
A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: “We hope that Luke will be able to take his seat at the final table but we have no guarantees as yet. In retrospect, perhaps Luke should have paid for the egg sandwich at the EPT – imagine if the casino ban costs him the chance of winning the $250,000 first prize? He could end up with serious egg on his face.”
More on this can be found at: http://blog.partypoker.com/world-open-v/more-trouble-for-luke-schwartz-at-partypokercom-world-open-v.html
The players are raving about the new triple stack structure at the PartyPoker.com World Open V. “This structure is the sickest I have ever played on a single table in front of cameras - it is brilliant,” said Phil Laak.
Tonight sees Mike Sexton, Roland De Wolfe, Jennifer Tilly, Sammy George and Neil Channing take to the felt.
Roland De Wolfe
The main changes this year are that the starting stacks have been tripled, with the tables now being eight seat in the heats and seven players in the final. The buy-in is $10,000, with a total prize pool of $480,000 – the winner scooping $250,000.
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