The World Cup of Poker is a team event that will be filmed for TV. It's almost like the Olympics of Poker, and qualifying for a team is just as competitive. Why? Well, the prestige, of course, but it's also the $290,000 in cash prizes up for grabs, including $100,000 to go the champions.
If nothing else, you'll get a trip to the Bahamas, as the World Cup will be a part of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure from Jan. 5-10. Get started by downloading PokerStars now and you'll get an exclusive PokerWorks bonus of $25 free in addition to a 100 percent matching bonus up to $50. You must enter the marketing code of POKERWORKS upon registration and the bonus code of FIRST2008 upon your first deposit.
Then start playing tournaments, as one way to qualify is through the Tournament Leader Board rankings. You can also win your way in through satellites and specialized tournaments.
Players first compete to get on a regional team in a series of freerolls. Each country will have two freeroll qualifiers, and the final table finishers from each will play in an 18-player final event. The top two from each tournament will win a spot on their country's team. The next two from each tournament will be alternates.
The top two on the tournament leader board will automatically qualify as World Cup team players.
U.S.A. players will also have to go through additional steps by qualifying for state teams, and those four-person teams will compete against each other in playoffs to win the right to compete against two national teams. All that will determine who will win a place in the live finals in the Bahamas.
The finals end Nov. 29, so get to it today.
Last year's team won, led by Team PokerStars Pro and former World Champion Greg Raymer. Win your chance at a medal soon.