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Partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour Mini Schedule Announced; James Akenhead Wins WPT Vienna Warm Up; Joshua v Martin Tickets up For Grabs

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Partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour Mini Schedule Announced; James Akenhead Wins WPT Vienna Warm Up; Joshua v Martin Tickets up For GrabsThree tales from partypoker towers including the release of a new live poker tournament format called the Grand Prix Poker Tour Mini; James Akenhead wins the partypoker sponsored World Poker Tour Warm-Up in Vienna; and ringside seats available for the upcoming Anthony Joshua v Charles Martin IBF World Heavyweight title clash.

Partypoker and Dusk till Dawn (DTD) have extended their Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) idea by creating the GPPT Mini.

The new tour will consist of 20-legs, across six UK locations; buy-in will be $109, and partypoker will be guaranteeing $50,000. The format is the same as the GPPT. That means partypoker will be hosting online Day One’s ahead of live Day One’s, everyone making Day Two will be in the money, and the smallest reward will be a $330 prize and a $109 ticket to another GPPT Mini or Main Event stop.

Group Head of partypoker, Tom Waters, explained in a press release how they created the Mini after receiving feedback from players who had competed in the GPPT.

Here is the schedule:

DatesGPPT Mini
March 23-27Aspers Milton Keynes
April 13-17Aspers Newcastle
April 20-24Broadway Birmingham
April 27-May 1235 Manchester
May 4-8Rainbow Bristol
June 8-12Aspers Milton Keynes
June 15-19Rendezvous Brighton
June 29-July 3Rainbow Bristol
July 6-10Aspers Newcastle
July 13-17Broadway Birmingham
July 20-24235 Manchester
August 17-21Aspers Milton Keynes
September 7-11Rainbow Bristol
September 21-25Rendezvous Brighton
September 28-October 2235 Manchester
October 5-9Aspers Newcastle
October 12-16Broadway Birmingham
November 9-13Aspers Milton Keynes
November 16-20Rendezvous Brighton
November 30- December 4Rainbow Bristol


James Akenhead is Back

In 2008/09, when poker was exploding onto the world, a small but talented group of players from the UK were heroes in the making.

One of those players was James Akenhead.

Who can forget the maniacal moment in 2008 when heads-up for a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet he snap-called a pre-flop bluff shove by Grant Hinkle holding: [Ac] [Kh] v [Td] [4d].

I still remember Hinkle’s face when Akenhead asked him if he had a pair? It was priceless. So was the flop when it rained down  [Th] [Ts] [4h]. To add more flesh eating maggots into the wound, the American turned quads.

The following year, the Brit would recover to make the final table of the November Nine, earning $1.2m for a ninth place finish, and would earn $500,000 more by winning the Poker Million. He has won over $3.2m in live tournament earnings but left the scene a few years ago to start a restaurant business.

“I didn’t realise what hard work was,” Akenhead told me when I bumped into him during the World Poker Tour (WPT) UK Main Event late last year.

Well, he’s back.

After deep runs in all the most significant events at the recent European Poker Tour (EPT) festival in Dublin, Akenhead has bagged his first tournament victory since 2012 after defeating 1,157 entrants to capture the first prize of €65,000 in the WPT Vienna Warm Up

Final Table Results

1st. James Akenhead – €65,000
2nd. Oliver Baude – €40,500
3rd. Lajos Motel – €23,680
4th. David Koglgruber – €17,520
5th. Catalin Dragomir – €12,660
6th. Milos Zerzevski – #9,530
7th. Jozef Faber – €7,810
8th. Martin Toncev – €6,420
9th. Christoph Zobl – €5,160

Win Ringside Seats for the Anthony Joshua v Charles Martin Clash

Partypoker have promoted their boxing theme ever since former World Champ Carl “The Cobra” Froch joined the fray in Nov 2015. It continues, through March with the opportunity to win ringside seats to watch Anthony Joshua challenge Charles Martin for the IBF World Heavyweight title at the O2 Arena on April 9.

Partypoker has three sets of tickets to give away.

There are three ways you can win them.

  1. The Jab and Contender

Partypoker will select one player randomly from the $5.50 buy-in Jab ($10,000 Guaranteed), and the $22 buy-in Contender ($20,000 Guaranteed) on March 16.

  1. Freeroll

Partypoker plan to host a special freeroll on Wed 23, March at 8 pm (GMT). The password for the freeroll will be released on the partypoker UK Commnity Forum n Facebook so keep an eye out for that.

  1. Last Chance Saloon

The final set of tickets will be handed to the winner of a $5.50 buy-in event scheduled for Monday 28, March at 8.00 pm (GMT).

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