Premier League kicks off and ex-champion Raymer arrested

  • This week the long-awaited Premier League is back. you can follow the live stream from Party Poker blog.

  • This week has been a little about live poker but also some bizarre poker player news were involved. For example, Greg Raymer, ex-WSOP Main Event winner was arrested due to allegations of prostitution.

    Nuts of the Week

    • EPT London was finished this weekend where after a very swingy Final Table, Day 3 Chipeader Mantas Visockis lost to the champion from Holland – Ruben Visser who bagged over £595.000.

    All payouts from the Final Table:

    Poker player Greg Raymer arrested

    This weekend Greg Raymer, 2004 World Series of Poker Champion was arrested in a Wake Forrest , N.C. hotel. The arrest was a part of a series of police operations. There were six men overall arrested as they all answered a fake ad promoting prostitution.

    Greg Raymer claims to be “very sorry” as the statement goes:

    Mr. Raymer is very sorry for this lapse in judgment. He regrets deeply the pain he has caused his family, friends and fans. Mr. Raymer is grateful for the many expressions of support he has received.

    Premier League is back

    And the day is finally, here – the clash of 16 greatest poker players at Party Poker Premier League has begun. Who will come out on the top? Yesterday, players found out their table draws and already played the first hands:

    Group A - Sam Trickett, Daniel Negreanu, Marvin Rettenmeier, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Johnathan Duhamel, Dan Cates and Scott Seiver.

    Group B Jason Mercier, Talal Shakerch, Igor Kurganov, Jennifer Tilly, Tobias Reinkemeier, Tony G, Phil Laak, Dan Shak.

    During the weekend there have been plenty of action already. Remember, top three players from each group will advance forward to the Final while 4-5 places in each group plays Heads-up qualifiers.

    Party Poker blog has posted a lot of updates while if you prefer, today you can watch the live stream with Phil Hellmuth commentaries:

    The final features massive payouts with overall $2 million to share among the poker players:

    Winner: $450,000
    Runner Up: $200,000
    Third: $150,000
    Fourth: $125,000
    Fifth: $100,000
    Sixth: $70,000
    Seventh: $60,000
    Eighth: $45,000

    Last year's Final Table included Tony G, Phil Laak, Tom Dwan, Sam Trickett, Patrik Antonius and others: