Teams are 3/4 of the way there …
Team Americas: Daniel Negreanu (captain), Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, John Juanda, Doyle Brunson, Jennifer Harman
Team Europe: Annette Obrestad (captain), Peter Eastgate, Dario Minieri, Bertrand Grospellier, Patrik Antonius, Ilari Sahamies (aka Zigmund)
Also more on the format:
The Caesars Cup will feature the game No-Limit Holdâ€™em with two teams of eight doing battle over a series of Heads Up and two-man doubles matches, with single points awarded for each match. The doubles formats will include alternate betting. The first team to 4 points will win.
The first match will be Doubles: Alternate Bet where two players compete per side. One player per side will play pre-flop and on the turn; the other player will play the flop and the river.
Once players are designated, their roles will not change. Two matches of this format will be played, so that 4 of the 8 players on each team will be featured.
The next two matches will feature Doubles: Same Stack where two new players compete per side. They share the same chip stack. They alternate playing two hands at a time so both have the button.
After the doubles matches conclude, the matches change to Heads-Up â€“ if necessary. Team captains will select which members of their teams play heads up and it will be an alternate selection process, where if the European team names their player first for Match 1, the Americas team will have to name their player first for Match 2. That format continues until one team has accumulated 4 total points. The strategy of when to use a player and whom they match up with will be critical in determining which team will come out victorious.
LOL, and BJ thought my “family poker” concept event seemed gimmicky.
One skillucky Euro, of course, can still qualify for one of that team’s two remaining seats online at Betfair.
Play kicks off for this new-fangled made-for-TV event in London on Sept. 25.