Party Poker and Matchroom Sport, the headline sponsors behind the upcoming World Open V, have revealed new details about the poker tournament, including some of the big names who will be in attendance and some major changes to the tournament structure. The tournament is set to take place from October 11th-15th at the Palm Beach Casino in London, England.
Party Poker already announced that its grassroots team of sponsored pros, comprised of World Poker Tour (WPT) host Mike Sexton, Ian Frazer, Felipe Ramos, Remy Biechel and newly signed Bodo Sbrzesny would all be playing, but a statement released on Thursday unveiled a long list of big name pros joining them for the tournament.
Some of the European pros confirmed for the event include Neil Channing, Andy Black, European Poker Open V winner Roberto Romanello and Marty Smyth, the defending champion from the fourth installment of the World Open. A member of this year’s November Nine will also be joining the field. British poker pro James Akenhead will be using some of his down time before November’s World Series of Poker Main Event final table to participate in the London event.
These European card sharks will be joined by several players from across the pond as well. Popular poker couple Phil Laak and Jennifer Tilly will be in attendance, as will Scott Fischman and Asian Poker Tour (APT) Poker pack members Steve Sung and J.C. Tran. Tran is fresh off a third place finish at the APT Macau Main Event, so it will be interesting to see if he can carry that momentum into this upcoming tournament.
The two names in the field drawing the most attention are two young internet pros who made names for themselves at the highest stakes online cash games. Both Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Luke “_FullFlush1_” Schwartz have agreed to play in the event and those familiar with the two players’ contentious relationship are hoping they will draw the same heat. Schwartz has been openly critical of Dwan’s play and his personal life both in the chat box and to the poker media. Schwartz is also rumored to be one of the pros taking on Dwan in his upcoming high stakes live “durrrr Challenge.” If the two do end up playing each other heads-up for that televised match, the World Open will serve as the opening round for what will likely be a compelling battle.
The long list of big names was not the only announcement about the tournament. There have been some changes in the set-up of the event, including a starting stack that is triple the amount of the $10,000 buy-in. The other major change to the event is that the preliminary heats will now be eight handed, with the winner of each table advancing to the final round. There will be seven players at the final table, which suggests there will be a runners-up consolation heat whose winner will advance to the final table as well.
Online satellites to win a seat into the televised event are still running on Party Poker. Players can win their way into the tournament for as little as $3.

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