Team leaders Daniel Negreanu and Annette Obrestad made their choices for the first-ever Caesars Cup and they picked poker pros Phil Ivey and 2008 WSOP Main Event champion Peter Eastgate.
The tournament, modeled after the Ryder Cup, will take place on September 25th, 2009 during the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe and will pit the best European poker players against the best North American poker players in a battle for international poker bragging rights.
The tournament format will feature both heads-up showdown and team competition and include alternate wagering and other non-traditional factors as participants aim to earn points for their respective teams.
Daniel Negreanu, heading the North American team and Obrestad, heading the European Team, announced their choices at the World Series of Poker ceremony on July 8th, 2009 and will fill out their team with six members over the weeks leading up to the World Series of Poker Europe kickoff on September 17th, 2009.
Obrestad's poker team will also have one player qualify through a leaderboard race on Betfair Poker, the main sponsor of the World Series of Poker Europe.
The top two hundred players on the monthly low stakes leaderboard will be placed into a "Heat Low" freeroll. The top one hundred players on the monthly high-stakes will be placed into a "Heat High" freeroll. The top eighteen finishers in each freeroll move on to a $5,000 Guaranteed Monthly Final that gives Caesars Cup points to the top finishers.
In August, the top 9 competitors on the Caesars Cup Leaderboard will then fight it out for a spot on the Caesars Cup team. Positions two to nine will share $25,000 cash pool while the winner will join the European Team in London.
07/21/2009 21:43 PM