William Hill Poker Grand Prix
The William Hill Poker Grand Prix is the brainchild of top British Bookmaker, William Hill, who introduced the competition in the hope that there would be a swing back towards the more skilful approach to the technical game rather than the more prevalent ‘blind’ structure built solely for speed.
The tournament is represented by both rank amateurs, who can qualify online at the William Hill Poker Room, and leading professionals on an invitational basis only.
Although the competition is only into its third season it has already attracted the likes of Phil Laak – the winner of the inaugural season, John Falconer, Pascal Perraut, defending champion, Martin Wendt, Scotty Nguyen, Peter Costa, Antonio Esfandiari, Liam Flood and 2006 runner-up Ram Vaswani. For all the results please go to our William Hill Poker Grand Prix Results page.
Televised on Sky Sports
The tournament is televised and broadcast on Sky Sports and to date the indefatigable Jesse May has presented the iconic William Hill Poker Grand Prix. May is a well known American poker commentator who found fame for his presentation of the Late Night Poker Series. He is well supported by Andrew Black and Lucy Rokach.
American, Andrew Black is a world class poker player himself, but a bit of an eccentric to boot – when he lost two major tournaments in a row, he got rid of all his earthly possessions and took off to the UK where he lived in solitary conditions for about five years. He made his return to poker just at the right time and is now an official pro for Full Tilt Poker.
Lucy Rokach too has a very distinguished poker pedigree. She is currently regarded as the top woman player on the European Poker Tour, has 6 money finishes on the WSOP and commentates, together with Gary Jones and Roy Brindley on The Poker Channel.
The Grand Prix is made up of a number of heats which are played over about a three month period. All the heats are conducted in a television studio close to the Cardiff base of the TV production team, Presentable Ltd. The celebrated Late Night Poker Series is one of Presentable Ltd’s finest productions.
The winner of each heat is immediately eligible for the final table, and then it’s just a matter of time, skill and patience before the new champion of the William Hill Poker Grand Prix is crowned. At the inaugural event in 2006 the prize pool was a luscious EUR 450 000 with the winner claiming EUR 150 000. For more on the format of the tournament please take a look at our William Hill Poker Grand Prix format page.