Co-Captains Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth Announce Team USA Players for World Team Poker

April 12, 2010

USAFlagThe Team USA lineup has been formed for the first ever World Team Poker, which will take place May 19th, 2010 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada. Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth have chosen the nine players who will represent the United States at the one-day event. The tournament will feature a $50K buy-in and 40 of the best poker professionals in the world from eight countries.

Eleven WSOP bracelet winner, Hellmuth, was named the Team USA captain, but deferred his position to Brunson. Hellmuth explains, “If (Brunson) accepts, I’m going to give him the captain jersey because he deserves it, and I’ll play the number two spot.” Ten WSOP bracelet winner, Brunson, was happy to serve as team captain.

Brunson announced his team: Howard Lederer, Annie Duke, Allen Cunningham, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Erik Seidel, and Jennifer Harman. With Brunson and Hellmuth, that makes nine, six of them being members of Team Full Tilt Poker (all but Hellmuth and Duke who represent Ultimate Bet and Brunson, who is obviously with Doyle’s Room, his own self-named online poker room).

Other teams consist of Johnny Chan (co-captain with David Chiu) representing China, Captain Men “The Master” Nguyen representing Vietnam, George Kapalas (co-captain with George Theofanopoulos) representing Greece, Captain Eli Elezra representing Isreal, Jeff Lisandro (co-captains with Tony G) representing Australia, Captain Ben Roberts representing England, and Captain Juliano Maesano representing Brazil.

The World Team Poker tournament will be a 5-table shootout with Limit Hold ‘em, Pot Limit Omaha, and No Limit Hold ‘em rounds. The final two players to survive each shootout will go on to participate in the final table showdown. What makes this all the more interesting though, is that the team captains will have the ability to switch out players throughout the event, which will make for a more developed team strategy that is new to poker. Captains will most likely match up their players based on expertise and experience in different game types. This twist should make for some exciting poker, which will be aired on television.


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