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Will Hill GP II ‘£100 Best Play’ Competition

By Rob Thomas (30/01/2007)

The William Hill Grand Prix starts on Sky Sports TV tonight (Tuesday 30th January) and runs every Tuesday until the Grand Final is shown on March 27th. (There will also be numerous repeats of each show).

Competition

The sponsors, William Hill, are offering a £100 free bet to the lucky winner of our competition.

We've added an extra dimension to this series by selecting the top 5 "Plays of the Tournament". A top notch panel of judges have poured over the footage of the whole series and selected what they consider to be the most impressive 5 plays. In poker, this is obviously very subjective but we hope it will create a lot of healthy debate as the series progresses.

We're certainly not aware of any other poker series that has done this so we hope it'll add some fun to your viewing.

The top 5 plays will be revealed in reverse order during the Grand Final.

Your job is to choose the top 2 plays in the correct order. All the correct entries will be put into a hat and the winner collects the £100 prize.

Please send your entries to competition@thehendonmob.com by the deadline - 26th March 2007.

William Hill Poker Grand Prix II

The Gods of Poker are back !! Following the success of the inaugural series last year, The William Hill Poker Grand Prix returns for a second series.

This year the prize pot totals a massive £500,000 with £175,000 of that money going to the winner.

The tournament boasts one of the strongest fields ever assembled for a TV tournament and is played out on a plush glossy set conjuring up images of a city skyline.

56 players consisting of 44 top poker professionals and 12 qualifiers compete in 7 one table satellites. The winners progress to the final, the runners-up to the semi-final. The winner of the semi-final joins the 7 heat winners in the Grand Final.

Last year’s champion Phil “Unabomber” Laak returns to defend his title. New players in this year’s event include Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, the Italian Jeff Lisandro, Julian Gardner and Harry Demetriou. There’s some of poker’s new breed on show including Stuart Fox, who made a name for himself at last year’s World Series Of Poker in Las Vegas, and Norwegian Johnny Lodden, one of the rising stars of poker on the internet.

Other familiar names include Tony G, Ken Lennaard, Andy Black, Tony Bloom, Dave Colclough, Surinder Sunar, Roy Brindley, Willie Tann, and all 4 members of the Hendon Mob.

Commentary on the series is provided by Vicky Coren, Barny Boatman and Marc Goodwin.

Here's the draw.

Programme 1

1 Peter Roche
2 Tony G
3 Juha Helppi
4 John Shipley
5 Bo Sehlstedt
6 Luke Patten
7 Dave Ulliott
8 Steve Vladar

Programme 2

1 Marcus Bebb-Jones
2 Johnny Lodden
3 Voitto Rintala
4 Dave Colclough
5 Xuyen Pham
6 Willie Tann
7 Ross Boatman
8 Pascal Perrault

Programme 3

1 Marc Goodwin
2 Harry Demetriou
3 Julian Gardner
4 Phil Laak
5 Jeff Kimber
6 Ken Lennaard
7 Oliver Puhr
8 John Kabbaj

Programme 4

1 Liam Flood
2 Surinder Sunar
3 Julian Thew
4 Brian Cassidy
5 Jeff Lisandro
6 Barny Boatman
7 Anthony McConnell
8 Paul Jackson

Programme 5

1 Mickey Wernick
2 Joe Beevers
3 Wayne Hutchins
4 Tore Lagerborg
5 Andy Black
6 Roy Brindley
7 Victoria Coren
8 Kevin Poast

Programme 6

1 Ram Vaswani
2 Sami Yusuf
3 Ben Grundy
4 John Duthie
5 Shelley Mullett
6 Antonio Esfandiari
7 J.P. Kelly
8 Keith Hawkins

Programme 7

1 Martin Wendt
2 Robert Williamson III
3 Roland de Wolfe
4 Tony Bloom
5 Christer Johansson
6 Stuart Fox
7 Ben Roberts
8 Russ Taylor


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