The fifth installment of the Party Poker sponsored World Open poker tournament is scheduled to run from October 11th thru the 15th and the online poker site is offering its users a chance to get in on the action. Party Poker will be running a series of satellites that offer a grand prize package worth $13,000, which includes buy-in and accommodations to the upcoming $10,000 buy-in London event.
A number of notable pros are already confirmed for the 48 person tournament including longtime Party Poker spokesperson Mike Sexton and newly signed Party Poker pros Ian Frazer, Remy Biechel and Felipe “Mojave” Ramos. Past incarnations of the event have featured a number of recognizable names including some of the top European pros like Neil Channing, Roland de Wolfe, Vicky Coren, David “Devilfish” Ulliott, Thomas Wahlroos, Lee Nelson, Roberto Romanello and Ram Vaswani. The last World Open, which was held in May of 2008, saw a lengthy heads-up showdown between Channing and the eventual winner “Mad” Marty Smyth who took home $250,000 for his accomplishment.
The event will be filmed and broadcast on Britain’s Channel Five and will likely feature commentary from seasoned poker broadcaster Jesse May. This year Party Poker is advertising the event as a triple stack tournament, which should result in more play than in prior World Open tournaments. The total prize pool up for grabs this year is $480,000.
Party Poker users interested in participating in the event will be able to satellite their way in for as little as $3. Party will be offering three tiers of satellites that culminate in a $650 + $50 buy-in event every Sunday that will award prize packages to every 20 entrants. The lowest level satellites offered are the daily $3 and $8 events in which players compete for a ticket to one of the daily $70 + $5 satellites. One out of every ten players in the $70 tournament will advance to the weekly $650 event. Those fortunate enough to win their way into the World Open will receive the $10,000 buy-in, seven nights in a luxury hotel in London and $1,000 in spending money.
One of the players in this year’s event may have more on his mind than just the tournament. Mike Sexton is one of the ten finalists for this year’s Poker Hall of Fame class alongside fellow nominees like Barry Greenstein, Tom McEvoy, Erik Seidel, Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu. At the moment it appears as if Sexton is one of the frontrunners to be inducted this year. Both Negreanu and Doyle Brunson lobbied for Sexton in their respective blogs and Brunson even divulged that he as well as two other people with voting privileges for the Poker Hall of Fame plan to endorse Sexton. The voting block is comprised of 15 living members of the Hall of Fame as well as 15 longstanding members of the poker media.
The two players voted into the Hall of Fame this year will be inducted as part of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) November festivities when the final nine players left in this year’s Main Event will return to Las Vegas to play down to a champion.

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