Team Europe Wins First Ever Caesars Cup

The first ever Caesars Cup took place recently at the Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square in central London at the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe. The event saw players from two teams fighting it out in heads up matches to determine which team would win the first ever Caesars Cup trophy, the Europe team or the American Team. this time the Europe Team claimed the win.

The format of the event was a best four out of seven series of no limit hold’em. The first team to win four matches would be the first winner of the Caesars Cup. Team Europe was able to beat Team Americas 4 to 1.

The first four matches were competitions between two member teams. two players from each team sat at one end of the table. Each team was then dealt one hand and before the flop player 1 made the decision. After the flop the two hole cards were placed face down over to player 2 who then played the next street. On the turn, it was player 1 again and the river was back to player 2.

Team Europe was captained by Annette Obrestad and included players from all over Europe. Those included on the team were: Peter Eastgate, Dario Minieri, Bertrand Grospellier, Ilari Sahamies, Patrik Antonius and Gus Hansen. Rounding out the team was John Harvey of Scotland who won a qualifier at Betfair to play on Team Europe.

Daniel Negreanu was the captain of the Team Americas which could contain pros from north, central or south America. Those included on the team were: Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Huck Seed, John Juanda, Jennifer Harman and Barry Greenstein. Greenstein was a late replacement for Chris Ferguson who did not participate.

The Caesars Cup was filmed by Poker Productions and will air on ESPN in North America as a two hour program and ESPN International as well. The first broadcast of the event is set to air in February 2010.

Daniel Negreanu commented on the event stating: “My view of the Caesars Cup is similar to what is going on in golf with the Ryder Cup. There are players representing their country on each team. And that helps to create a very special event that people will care about. So far, it has gone that way. Everybody is really into it. It is lots of fun. The format and matchups are great. I mean, Huck Seed and Phil Hellmuth on the same side? That’s exciting for me to watch. As for being the captain, it’s fun for me. I do not look at it anything other than they will all look to me as someone to be the glue that can hold it all together and be the strategist, which is what I love to do. I am really honored to be the captain, for sure.”

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