The Big Game IV gets underway Sunday April 11th at Les Ambassadeurs Club in Mayfair in London and even so close to the start date, the list of participants continues to expand.
As posted here two weeks ago, Team Party member Antanas “Tony G” Guoga will be playing, but the question on everybody’s mind was, “Will Isildur1 show up?”  Tony G had offered to personally stake the anonymous nosebleed stakes online poker player for the rich, 48 hour cash game, as well as pay for his travel and accommodations.  Understanding that Isildur1 might be reluctant to have the world find out his true identity, Tony G even assured him that he could wear a mask the entire time if he so chooses. The suspense lasted a week, but eventually Tony G confirmed that Isildur1 had e-mailed him accepting the invitation.
Also playing will be last year’s big winners, Robert Williamson III and Andrew Feldman, who both won over $63,000.  Phil “The Unabomber” Laak and girlfriend Jennifer Tilly will be playing, as will English mainstays Roland de Wolfe, Neil Channing, and Hendon Mob member Barny Boatman.  Former and current poker instructor Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt will sit down at the Big Game table for the first time.
Three popular young guns who made their names online but have had plenty of success in live tournaments will be playing, as well.  Reformed multi-account Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo has made three World Series of Poker final tables, including a runner-up finish in the 2008 $5,000 Limit/No-Limit Hold’em Event and a fifth place finish at last year’s $40,000 40th Anniversary Event.  Isaac Haxton, the second of the three young pros, made those same two final tables, placing ninth in the $5,000 tournament and second in the 40th Anniversary Event.  He also owns a second place finish at the World Poker Tour PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (the tournament is now part of the PokerStars North American Poker Tour).  Finally, the brash Luke “Full Flush” Schwartz is no stranger to live events, having won $200,000 for his runner-up finish at the Premier League IV in February.
Other players scheduled to appear are David “Viffer” Peat, Bodo Sbrzesny, James Mitchell, Simon “Schnibl0r” Münz, Roberto Romanello, Andy Greekfish, Laurence Grondin, Jake Cody, Sam Trickett, Josh Gould, Richard Wheatley, and Paul Simbler.
Players will get to have a bit of fun, as they can choose their own introduction music, as is commonly seen when hitters go up to the plate in a Major League Baseball game.  Several of the music selections have been published.  Jennifer Tilly has a sense of humor, choosing “Man Eater” by Hall and Oates, although her boyfriend’s music choice is not known yet.  Roland de Wolfe will enter to the appropriate “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran, Andrew Feldman is going for the intimidation factor with LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out,” and Laurence Grondin will use the hopeful “Rich Girl” by Gwen Stefani.  Tony G went with Queen’s “Bicycle Race,” Schwartz chose Tinie Tempah’s “Pass Out,” and Schmidt decided on “Flashing Lights” by Kanye West.
Obviously, not all of the players will compete at the same time, as the Big Game is a cash game, not a tournament.  Every two hours, however, the seated players will vote for one player at the table to be banished and replaced by someone else.  Of course, if a player busts, he may leave the table, as well, giving someone else the opportunity to test their skill.
The Big Game will be produced by Matchroom Sport, the same company that produced this year’s Premier League IV.  It will be televised in Europe later in 2010.

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