The start of the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe is only weeks away, and that means the first ever Caesars Cup is also on the horizon. And as the Europe vs. the Americas competition nears, the teams are taking shape, most recently with picks like Phil Hellmuth and Bertrand Grospellier chosen to participate.
The inaugural Caesars Cup will consist of the two teams in no-limit hold’em competitions that will ultimately award its first title to the European team or the Americas team, the latter of which includes North, South, and Central America. Each team will have the opportunity to garner points by winning their heads-up matches but also in a team NLHE game, both of which will be filmed by ESPN during its coverage of WSOPE for future television broadcast.
The team captains were appointed upon the Caesars Cup’s initial announcement, with Annette Obrestad for Europe and Daniel Negreanu for the Americas. During the 2009 WSOP in Las Vegas this summer, Obrestad picked her first teammate - Peter Eastgate - and Negreanu picked Phil Ivey. After nearly two months, more participants have been chosen, and the teams are now shaping up as follows:
Team Americas: Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, John Juanda Team Europe: Annette Obrestad, Peter Eastgate, Dario Minieri, Bertrand Grospellier
The team captains still have a few weeks to choose three more teammates each, though one of Obrestad’s spots will be reserved for the winner of the Betfair leaderboard competition, where players on the site, which is the official sponsor of the WSOPE, have the chance to gather points and win a spot on her team.
The WSOPE will commence on September 17, 2009, and run through October 1, and the Caesars Cup will take place on September 26. All events will be at the Casino at the Empire in London.