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World Series of Poker legends Phil Hellmuth and Doyle Brunson headline the nine-member Team USA contingent that will represent the United States in the inaugural World Team Poker event. Taking place at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, the event will be a $50,000 buy-in tournament featuring 40 of the top poker players from eight countries worldwide.
Hellmuth, the all-time leader with eleven career WSOP bracelets, was named the team captain, but he quickly deferred to Brunson. Hellmuth stated, “If (Brunson) accepts, I’m going to give him the captain jersey because he deserves it and I’ll play the number two spot.” Brunson accepted the gracious offer and joined Hellmuth to select the remaining seven players. Chosen to fill out the team for the Americans are Annie Duke, Howard Lederer, Erik Seidel, Allen Cunningham, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Jennifer Harman, and Mike “The Mouth” Matusow.
The other seven countries represented in the tournament are China (co-captains Johnny Chan and David Chiu), Australia (Co-Captains Jeff Lisandro and Tony G), Israel (Captain Eli Elezra), Vietnam (Captain Men “The Master” Nguyen), England(Captain Ben Roberts), Brazil (Captain Juliano Maesano), and Greece. (Co-Captains George Kapalas and George Theofanopoulos)
Scheduled to be played on May 19th, the World Team Poker tournament will consist of rounds of Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold’em. The event will be configured in a five-table shootout setting, with the last two players from each shootout competing in a final table battle. The unique feature of the event will be the ability of team captains to make substitutions during the tournament, allowing them to utilize the expertise of their players in different situations.
The event will be filmed for television and its unique team emphasis will undoubtedly make it an enjoyable format to watch. The final lineup will be announced at a media party on May 18th.