Full Tilt Poker has announced a brand new challenge for players with both the skills to play heads-up poker and the bankroll to prove that they're the best. Full Tilt's $25K Heads-Up World Championship will be contested on Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th, 2008, and is the highest buy-in ever for an online heads-up event.
Taking place one week after the currently-running FTOPS VIII series concludes, the event will be hosted by 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Champion and Team Full Tilt member Chris Ferguson. Other Full Tilt stars who have already announced their intentions to participate are Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer and Jennifer Harman. Key hands and match-ups will be recorded and post-event commentary will be provided by Phil Gordon and Ali Nejad. The toruney kicks off at 15:00 ET on May 24th.
For those who would love the chance to participate but can't quite manage the $25,000 buy-in, Full Tilt will also host a couple of online qualifiers on the days preceding the championship. Exclusive play-inevents with a $500+35 entry fee will be held on Thursday, May 22nd and Friday May 23rd. The starting time on both of those dates is also 15:00 ET.
The championship will have a maximum of 64 players, and for both the championship itself and for the qualifiers, Full Tilt will use a "no byes", perfect-field structure that encourages players to reserve their seats in advance. Late-registering players run the risk of having their buy-ins refunded if the next level of the field (16, 32, 64, etc.) remains unfilled.