The big names in poker are continuing to sign on to the upcoming installment of PartyPoker’s televised poker tournament, the Premier League IV. Some of the new names added to the roster of pros in the past two weeks include Roland de Wolfe, Phil Hellmuth, Luke “FullFlush1” Schwartz and Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
Several of these players have history with the Premier League. Both de Wolfe and Hellmuth took part in the third installment of the Sit & Go style tournament series, which was won by JC Tran. De Wolfe was one of the players who made it to the final table last year. During one of the preliminary heats, de Wolfe squared off against Hellmuth in heads-up play and the Poker Brat took down the bout when his K-10 was able to river a king against de Wolfe’s A-Q on the final hand of heads-up play.
De Wolfe also made the final table of the second installment of the Premier League. He almost missed out on making the final table altogether after busting out of the one of the final preliminary heats with zero points to his credit when all he needed was one measly point. Thankfully for de Wolfe, he was able to defeat Eddy Scharf in a final heads-up match to make it to the final table. He went on to finish runner-up to Andy Black and pocketed $125,000 for his efforts.
De Wolfe is excited to return to the Premier League stage and has high hopes about his chances in the tournament. “The Premier League to me is one of the best events in poker and I cannot wait for it to get underway,” de Wolfe explained in an official press release from PartyPoker. “I have made the final table in the last two events – now is the time to take it down. Whatever happens, I’m going to do my best and am certainly not afraid to put on a show.”
Another player unafraid to put on a show is Luke “FullFlush1” Schwartz. Many might recall that Schwartz found himself in a bit of hot water the last time he took part in a PartyPoker-sponsored event. During the World Open V, Schwartz was almost banned from taking part following the fallout of the now-infamous “Sandwichgate.” The Palm Beach Casino only allowed the British online poker pro on the premises with an escort by his side the entire time, as it is one of a number of British casinos that have banned Schwartz from its property. Since the Premier League will be filmed in Las Vegas, Schwartz likely won’t run into that problem Stateside, but his sharp tongue could lead to some fun and compelling action at the tables.
“I can’t wait to get to Vegas and crush the field in the Premier League,” Schwartz told the PartyPoker blog. The rest of the line-up for the February event will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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