The first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit event in Georgia has injected some star pulling power after confirming that Dzmitry Urbanovich and Steve O’Dwyer will be featuring in the festival.
Two of the most in-form tournament players in the world have agreed to participate in the forthcoming World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) festival in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Dzmitry Urbanovich and Steve O’Dwyer have been sweet talked into appearing in the first-ever WSOPC event on Georgian soil. The festival will take place March 3 – 9, with seven gold rings up for grabs during the seven days.
Warren Lush and the team at Adjarabet.com have been pulling the strings. Both Urbanovich and O’Dwyer join an impressive roster of confirmed pros that include Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Marcin Wydrowski, Mateusz Dziewoński, Piotr Franczak and Dominik Panka.
Lasha Machavariani, Chief Marketing Officer of Adjarabet, said that the influx of star players means a lot to the Georgian public who are ‘fascinated by poker’. It’s unusual to see so much muscle flying in for a $1,000 buy-in event. Machavariani has the answer: “The live cash games in Tbilisi are untapped by international players and we expect them to hit new high levels during our first WSOP event.”
Urbanovich will fly into Georgia after securing his first major title success. The Pole defeated 605 entrants to take the first prize of €561,900 at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event in Dublin. His victory means he has now won over $4.6m in the past 12-months. He could increase that by a further $2m if he wins two WSOP bracelets in the summer. The Pole has a bracelet bet with Vanessa Selbst. Let’s see if he can warm up with a WSOPC gold ring.
O’Dwyer is also in excellent form. The EPT Main Event champion has won close to $3m in live tournament earnings in the first two months of the year, including High Roller titles at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and Aussie Millions. O’Dwyer is also the #1 ranked live tournament player in the Global Poker Index (GPI). The American’s inclusion is a surprise after recently announcing his unavailability for the Global Poker League (GPL) Draft, citing the desire to reduce his playing schedule.
Adjarabet and the WSOP are going all-in on this one. WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, WSOP & ESPN anchor Kara Scott, and former WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel have all appeared on daytime TV in Georgia to promote the event.
There will be 19 events throughout the seven days with the $300,000 guaranteed $1,000 Main Event Re-Entry the primary focus of attention. The winner of that event and the Player of the Series will both win seats into the 2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship.