PartyPoker's The Big Game Returns With PLO Edition

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PartyPoker's The Big Game Returns With PLO Edition
27 Jan

It’s set to be 36 hours straight of monster PLO action when PartyPoker’s The Big Game hits the screens next month, the high stakes cash game due to feature Tony G, Sam Trickett, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak and Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom among others as they take to the tables at the Kings Casino in Rozvadov.

One Lucky Qualifier!

Online poker hopefuls will have a chance to join their heroes in action with PartyPoker running a qualifier to the Big Game Challenge between 25th January and 4th February – the winner walking off with a package worth over $27,000 including:

  • $20,000 Big Game buy-in
  • $5,300 MILLIONS Online entry
  • €1,100 MILLIONS Open entry
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • $900 for travel and expenses

With huge names, a minimum $20K buy-in and a maximum $40K buy-in, the return of the famous highstakes Big Game will also see it screened in several countries, the initial live stream available in English, Russian and German – all due to run alongside the first PartyPoker MILLIONS Germany Festival at Leon Tsoukernik’s Kings Casino.

Whether Tsoukernik himself will take part in the huge PLO game – the first time The Big game has ventured away from No Limit – isn’t clear yet, but those who will be looking to walk off with a massive chunk of cash and kudos also include Dusk Til Dawn casino supremo Rob Yong, businessman Yair Bitouin (known as ‘The Wolf’ in high stakes poker circles) and German high stakes legend Philip Gruissem.

What the players say

Antanas ‘Tony G’ Guoga – who gave up full-time pro poker to become a politician in his native Lithuania – thinks he has what it takes to see off his illustrious opponents, stating in his usual self-deprecating way:

“I am going to take everything they have – and then more!”

Jennifer Tilly, actress-turned poker pro who still appears on the big screen occasionally in the ‘Chucky’ series of movies among others, hasn’t cottoned on yet to Tony G’s plan, telling reporters:

“Superstoked to be returning to 'The Big Game!' Looking forward to mixing it up with the Notorious Tony G!”

One of PartyPoker’s best-known ambassadors, Englishman Sam Trickett, says he is:

“Really looking forward to the return of the Big Game. It’s always huge fun to play – even if you don’t win – and I’m looking forward to testing my PLO skills against the likes of Isildur and Tony G.“

Viewer Vote-off

One of the most unusual and interesting elements of The Big Game is the ‘vote-off’, which gives viewers and fans the chance to save their favourite player from being ‘evicted’ from the table – ‘the player with the most votes as well as the most aggressive player being saved until the next round of voting, with the player with the least votes leaving the game’ according to the rules – ‘Isildur1’ almost certain to be the ‘most aggressive’ if his live PLO comes anywhere close to his online exploits.

On the Button

With a ‘Button Booster’ to spice things up – a progressive pot which only the button can win – it looks set to be a fantastic 36 hours of PLO mayhem, Kings Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik adding:

“King’s is well known for its variety of cash games but this televised Big Game will surely be the longest we’ve ever had here. We look forward to welcoming everybody to our new casino and hotel.”

Players interested in winning their way to the Big Game Challenge and taking a seat with the legends should check out the PartyPoker promotions page for details.

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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