On Tuesday, PartyPoker.com announced the dates and half the line-up for the PartyPoker.com Women’s World Open IV, which will be produced by Matchroom Sport, the same production company PartyPoker.com worked with on the PartyPoker.com Premier League.  The 24-player, $3,000 buy-in event will be held in London on March 23rd and 24th.

Headlining the field is Team Party Poker member Kara Scott, co-host of GSN’s “High Stakes Poker” along with Gabe Kaplan.  She will also share presenting duties for the Women’s World Open IV with Tatjana Pasilic.  Scott’s most recent endeavor on the felt was less than stellar, as she bowed out in the first round of the National Heads-Up Poker Championship (NHPC) this past weekend, falling to 2008 World Series of Poker third place finisher, Dennis Phillips.  That is nothing to be ashamed of, though, as even the best players have a hard time making it out of the first round.  Fellow Team Party member and Poker Hall of Famer, Mike Sexton, lost to Pieter de Korver in his first match.  Even the NHPC runner-up and eight-time WSOP bracelet winner, Erik Seidel, had not advanced past the first round until this year.

Also of note in this year’s tournament is 2007 World Series of Poker Europe champ, Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad.  One of the most feared players at the online poker tables, she began building a name for herself at the age of 15, before she was even legally allowed to play the game.  Her WSOPE win at age 18 made her the youngest player to win a WSOP bracelet.  Most recently, she won the $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event at the 2010 Aussie Millions and placed seventh in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.  She also made the third round of the NHPC, beating baseball Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser and eleven-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth before losing to the legendary Doyle Brunson.

Last year’s PartyPoker.com Women’s World Open winner, Aisling Collins, and runner-up, Kim Wooka, will return to try to make another deep run.

In a press release, a PartyPoker.com spokesperson expressed excitement for the return of familiar faces, saying, “Last year Aisling proved that Britain’s got talent but the same can be said about Japan in the form of Kim Wooka. Both will be strong contenders for the title this year. We’ve made the stacks deeper and the competition is just as fierce. It is great to have Kara in the line-up, she made her major breakthrough in the poker world by reaching the final table of the inaugural event and then she went on to cash big at the WSOP Main Event and Irish Open.”

Other competitors confirmed to this point are season two winner Soraya Homam, Laurence Grondin, Shelley Rubenstein, Stefanie Bergener, Maria Demetriou, Christine Klecz, and Pippa Flanders.

The 24 players will be divided into three eight-handed preliminary heats.  The top two finishers from each heat will make the six-handed final table and will begin final table play with the chip stacks they had when their heats ended.  Thus, the heats are more than just qualifiers for the final table – they are important for positioning, as well.  The structure is a departure from previous seasons of the Women’s World Open, which had 36-player fields.  In those seasons, there were six six-handed preliminary heats with the winner of each advancing to the final table.  The runners-up in each heat then battled it out to see who the seventh and eighth members of the final table would be.

Jesse May will once again provide commentary for the television broadcast.

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