The draw for the two groups in the PartyPoker Premier League just took place, Jesse May and tournament director John Scanlon took to the stage at Aspers Casino and drew the names one by one. The buzz in the aftermath was about how loaded Group A is, judge for yourself because this is the draw.

Group A

  • Antonio Esfandiari
  • Jonathan Duhamel
  • Sam Trickett
  • Marvin Rettenmaier
  • Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Scott Seiver
  • Group B

  • Jason Mercier
  • Talal Shakerchi
  • Igor Kurganov
  • Jennifer Tilly
  • Tobias Reinkemeier
  • Tony G
  • Phil Laak
  • Dan Shak
  • Each group will play four heats, where points mean prizes and also whether they qualify for the final. At the end of the four heats the top three in each group automatically qualify for the final, those in fourth and fifth will have to play a heads-up play-off to reach the final.

    Here’s what some of the players and the man on the mic Jesse May had to say in the aftermath of the draw.

    “I don’t like it. I’m not happy, but it’s going to be fun and it’ll make great television.” – Marvin Rettenmaier

    “There are no easy groups.” – Dan Shak

    “Of course I’m going to win, with 15 fish how can I not win?” Antonio Esfandiari

    “It’s going to be very tough, so it’ll be even more rewarding if I win it’ll be a good challenge. Bring it on. – Jonathan Duhamel

    I then caught up with Jesse May, who’ll be commentating on the live stream all week and he had this to say. “People are going to view Group A as the tough one and Group B as the value. I think Group B could be all about if Tony G shows up. It’s going to be interesting to see who Tony G goes after, none of the obvious candidates are there.

    May went on to say that he believes Hellmuth and Tony G have unfinished business with the Premier League and they’re after redemption before adding. “With that draw I think you have to make Jason Mericer and Tobias Reinkemeier the early favorites. “

    It all starts at 6pm tomorrow, remember you can watch every minute of the PartyPoker Premier League VI live.

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