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The International Club
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:22 am
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PRESS RELEASE: The Players Championship at The International, London, 21st-30th November 2010

Once again The International Club in London is raising the bar for UK tournament poker with The Players Championship (21st-30th November). Did you ever hear of a tournament where every player starts with 100k chips? Maybe at a $50k High Roller event, but not at a UK festival - until now!

Yes, that's right, the buy-in for the Main Event of The Player's Championship (27th-30th November) is just 350+30 and the starting stack is a massive 100k chips! Players are coming from across Europe, so we're having two Day 1s to accommodate a total of 240 runners. The 1st prize will be an estimated 25,000.

It will be a 3-Day Event and players will begin with 500 BBs with a stepped 40 - 50 - 60 minute clock. There'll be so much post-flop play well see five-bet bluffs, six-bet raises for information, and seven-bet laydowns. By the time we reach the final table - broadcast live over the Internet with expert commentators - well have the biggest pots this side of the November Nine.

We're also putting on a 200+20 NLH Freezeout (24th-25th November) where players start with a huge 50,000 chips and a 30 then 40 minute clock. This 2-Day event is sure to be very popular in its own right, giving players an affordable chance to play deep stack poker.

But The Players Championship is not just about HoldEm. On the 25th-26th November our 200 Mixed Game event will be the world's first P.R.O.P.S. tournament. This event will appeal to adventurous recreational players as much as Dealers Choice regulars. There's never been a tournament with this combination of games. P.R.O.P.S. stands for 5 card PLO, Razz, 5 card Omaha Hi-Lo, Padooki, and Superstud. Its a 25,000+25,000 double chance and all games will be played 6-max.

The Players Championship takes place in the spacious environment of The International Club, where London plays poker! Registration is now open for all events including satellites. You can register at the club or by credit/Visa card if you call (020) 7490 5400. Visit our website for more information: http://www.theintclub.com/players

Book your seat today!



Schedule of The Players Championship (21st - 30th November 2010)

21st Sunday 8pm: 50+5 NLHE Freezeout satellite to Main Event.
6,000 chips, 20 minute clock. (Bonus chips 2,000 for 5)

22nd Monday 7pm: 75+5 NLHE Freezeout satellite to Main Event.
6,000 chips, 25 minute clock. (Bonus chips 2,000 for 5)

23rd Tuesday 7pm 75+5 NLHE Freezeout satellite to Main Event.
6,000 chips, 25 minute clock. (Bonus chips 2,000 for 5)

24th Wednesday 7pm: 200+20 NLHE Freezeout Day 1
50,000 chips, 30 min clock. Day 1. 40 min clock Day 2. (Bonus chips 5,000 for 10)

25th Thursday 7pm: 200+20 Mixed Game P.R.O.P.S. Double Chance Day 1
5 card PLO, Razz, 5 card Omaha Hi Lo, Padooki, Superstud.
25,000 + 25,000 chips, 40 min clock, Pot Limit. 6 Max. (Bonus chips 5,000 for 10)

25th Thursday 8pm: 200+20 NLHE Freezeout Day 2

26th Friday 7pm: 75 NLHE Freezeout satellite to Main Event
6,000 chips, 25 minute clock. (Bonus chips 2,000 for 5)

26th Friday 8pm: 200 Mixed Game P.R.O.P.S. Day 2

27th Saturday 3pm: 350+30 NLHE Freezeout Main Event Day 1a
100,000 chips, 40 min clock Day 1 (Bonus chips 10,000 for 10)

28th Sunday 3pm: 350+30 NLHE Freezeout Main Event Day 1b
100,000 chips, 40 min clock (Bonus chips 10,000 for 10)

29th Monday 7pm: 350+30 NLHE Freezeout Main Event Day 2
50 min clock

30th Tuesday 7pm: 350+30 NLHE Freezeout Main Event Day 3
60 min clock
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:39 pm
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:21 pm
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reevio wrote:
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Got to love the 10,000 bonus chips for 10. Settle in for a long one! Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:28 pm
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1) Can you turn up 4 levels late?

2) If it must be deep, what's wrong with 25k chips starting 25/50? Are poker players 'tricked' by this?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:20 pm
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Alex B wrote:
2) If it must be deep, what's wrong with 25k chips starting 25/50? Are poker players 'tricked' by this?


In the main I think most are yes! Any tourney I run the first question is "Whats the starting stack?". never blind structure or level length.

I think a lot of inexperienced players fail to make the link between the cost of blinds and the relevant %age it is of their starting stack, thus they are happy to call raises in early levels with an attitude of "I'ts only a few hundred".

I blame schools allowing calculators. Wasn't that way in my day, lol
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:08 pm
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Alex B wrote:
2) If it must be deep, what's wrong with 25k chips starting 25/50? Are poker players 'tricked' by this?


If it gets more people playing and sounds cooler - then what's wrong with 100k chips starting at 100/200? The people who will be 'tricked' - you probably want them playing against you right?

Show me someone who doesn't want to say ''I raise One Million'' at a final table.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:37 pm
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Great looking tournie, and yes I reckon its better to start with 100k at those blind levels rather than 25k at blinds of a quarter.....just for the thrill of it!

Good luck with the tournie, it looks like a winner.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:06 pm
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Here's the structure:

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:52 pm
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Structure looks good, antes in from level two.... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:58 pm
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Alex B wrote:
2) If it must be deep, what's wrong with 25k chips starting 25/50? Are poker players 'tricked' by this?


Starting at 100/200 allows you to have antes from the start of the tourney - its not to 'trick' the players
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:41 pm
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paddymick wrote:
Alex B wrote:
2) If it must be deep, what's wrong with 25k chips starting 25/50? Are poker players 'tricked' by this?


If it gets more people playing and sounds cooler - then what's wrong with 100k chips starting at 100/200? The people who will be 'tricked' - you probably want them playing against you right?

Show me someone who doesn't want to say ''I raise One Million'' at a final table.


They should start at 250k/500k with $250,000,000 stacks. Then they could say it in the first round.

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Alex B wrote:
2) If it must be deep, what's wrong with 25k chips starting 25/50? Are poker players 'tricked' by this?


Starting at 100/200 allows you to have antes from the start of the tourney - its not to 'trick' the players


Nothing that can't be achieved with a $5 chip.

My personal opinion is that raising a million chips at the final table is cool when that's in the ballpark of the prize fund. Otherwise its just silliness, and it makes the game less exciting because it detaches the emotional effect of the chip movements from the payout jumps that they (sort of) represent.

LNP was cool because when they bet 5k in the final it related to the 1500 chips they got for that buy-in, so it had the feel of real money's-worth at stake. Now no-one is the least bit interested when a Matchroom player shoves $200k, because we know that it bears no relation to what was risked.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:52 pm
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Alex B wrote:
Nothing that can't be achieved with a $5 chip.


LOL - not sure a batch of T$5 chips would be a good investment! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:32 pm
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I've never understood why tournament chips are denoted with $/ - unless the buy-in is exactly equal to the starting chips, then it's just meaningless - and even if that is the case then if you win the tournament you don't get to cash in your chips at face value anyway.

I guess it was just a TV thing to make poker sound cooler to the uneducated public.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:48 am
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Alex B wrote:
If it must be deep, what's wrong with 25k chips starting 25/50? Are poker players 'tricked' by this?


Tricked?...No

Nothing is wrong with a 25k starting stack except that it is not 100k. We did it to capture the imagination and not to fool anybody. We have provided the structure well ahead of time to give player the choice to decide whether to take part or not.

With the response we have had already, we know that this is going to be a massive success and very confident that the 240 places will sell out for the main and the 200 NLH and 200 Mixed game (P.R.O.P.S.) will be roadblocks. Look forward to seeing many a mobster down there during the week of The Players Championship.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:54 am
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paddymick wrote:
Show me someone who doesn't want to say ''I raise One Million'' at a final table.


It's far more stylish to just say "I raise one".
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