Phil LaakPremier League Poker main event just kicked off few minutes ago. Poker stars like Phil Hellmuth, Vanessa Rousso and JC Tran, alongside TeamParty’s Tony G and Ian Frazer, and the PartyPoker online qualifier Giovanni Safina are all up for the fight.

All the action takes place at the M Resort in Las Vegas and the final table is on 18th February.

The format is as follows: 6 heats, 8 handed tables, and a point system. Each player will play four times. After the initial heats, the top four according to number of points earned go to the final table.

5th placed player will play 8th placed player in a heads-up, same does 6th versus 7th player. Winners of heads-up matches will complete the 6 handed final table.

This is what Daniel Negreanu had to say minutes before kicking off the first heat:

The 6 heats are as follows:

Heat 1 (done):

  1. Phil Laak – 16 points
  2. JC Tran – 11 points
  3. Yevgeniy Timoshenko – 8 points
  4. Vanessa Rousso – 6 points
  5. Luke Schwartz – 4 points
  6. Roland De Wolfe – 3 points
  7. Ian Frazer – 2 points
  8. Daniel Negreanu – 0 points

Phil Laak won the first heat – see all the pictures at PartyPoker Facebook page.

Heat 2 (13/02/2010):

  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Phil Laak
  • Tony G
  • JC Tran
  • Roland De Wolfe
  • Yevgeniy Timoshenko
  • David Benyamine
  • Giovanni Safina

Heat 3 (14/02/2010):

  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Roland De Wolfe
  • Yevgeniy Timoshenko
  • Ian Frazer
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • David Benyamine
  • Vanessa Rousso
  • Giovanni Safina

Heat 4 (15/02/2010):

  • Phil Laak
  • Tony G
  • Luke Schwartz
  • JC Tran
  • Ian Frazer
  • David Benyamine
  • Vanessa Rousso
  • Giovanni Safina

Heat 5 (16/02/2010):

  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Tony G
  • Luke Schwartz
  • JC Tran
  • Yevgeniy Timoshenko
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Ian Frazer
  • Giovanni Safina

Heat 6 (17/02/2010):

  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Tony G
  • Luke Schwartz
  • Roland De Wolfe
  • Phil Laak
  • David Benyamine
  • Vanessa Rousso

The point system in each heat is as follows:

  • 1st place: 16 points
  • 2nd place: 11 points
  • 3rd place: 8 points
  • 4th place: 6 points
  • 5th place: 4 points
  • 6th place: 3 points
  • 7th place: 2 points
  • 8th place: 0 points

1 point equals $2,000.

For extensive live coverage of the full event, make sure to check out PokerNews Premier League Poker.

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