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Action gets underway at the fifth edition of the World Open this weekend in London and with the line-up and schedule now finalised we are sure to be in for a great tournament.

It’s not often that you get so many poker superstars playing in a European tournament but we have managed to secure some of the hottest names in the poker world to battle it out for the $250,000 prize.

There will be a strong presence from across the pond at the $10,000 buy-in no limit tourney, amongst the many American players attending will be online phenomenon Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan, Phil Laak and Layne Flack

These are who guys who are sure to feature prominently when the cash is handed out at the final table.

There will also be a strong British contingent with the likes of PartyPoker Team member Ian Frazer, November Nine WSOP Main Event challenger James Akenhead, former footballer turned poker player Teddy Sheringham and the trash-talking Luke ‘Fullflush1’ Schwartz all in contention to take home the crown of World Open V champion.

Along with the great and the good of the poker world, ten amateurs who qualified through our exclusive World Open V tournaments will be sitting down at the tables.  Included in these ten is Johannes Nord Jorgensen, who secured his package by winning the recent in the Sky event in Copenhagen, Johannes has proved that nerves don’t get the better of him at 50m in the air, let’s see how he does now he’s competing on Terra Firma.

The tournament structure for this year’s World Open has changed with eight-seater qualifying heats and a tripling of stacks sizes to allow players to be more creative and aggressive at the tables.  Last time out Belfast’s Marty Smyth won the World Open picking up a cool $250,000 for his troubles but in the latest odds on offer over at Marty trails behind strong favourites Dwan and Vietnam born JC Tran.  As the tournament progresses be sure to return to our bookie for the latest World Open V betting odds.

The tournament draw has thrown up some exciting heats, with so much poker talent on show some of the big names will face an early exit.  The prime example being Heat 1 which includes Ian Frazer, James Akenhead, Luke Schwartz and recent WPT and WSOPE winner Yevgeniy Timoshenko.

With only the heat winner guaranteed a place in the final (runners up go into a round robin heat for the last final spot) we are going to be treated to one of the most competitive and combustible poker tournaments on the circuit.

You can keep up to date with the live action from 11th October here at the PartyPoker blog and also by following us on Twitter @partypokernews



  1. James Tomshay on

    This sounds like it will be an exciting poker tournament. Makes me wish I could have entered! Since I can’t be there I’ll cheer for Tom Dwan I guess.

    • Hi James, Tom is certainly the man to beat this year. He’s been on such good form recently that i think every player sitting down at the same table as him will be desperate to knock him out. He has a very tough heat to make it to the final including JC Tran, last year’s winner Marty Smyth and our very own Felipe Ramos who are all superb competitors.

  2. James Tomshay on

    I agree Thomas. Those are all great competition. I believe Tom is the best cash game player in the world. Look at the Durrrr Challenge for example. He’s pulling away in that and is now over a $600k winner. I believe he has to prove himself in tournaments now by winning a few. I think he knows that.

    • couldn’t agree more. One player who i think might surprise a few people is Roland De Wolfe. He has a lot of tournament experience and won’t be fazed by the amount of big names on show.