PokerStars World Cup of Poker IV Division Finals Live Blog

Note: This is the all-day live blog of the PokerStars World Cup of Poker IV Division Finals. Click refresh to see the latest updates below.

5:46pm--Stay tuned for a recap of the day.

5:41pm--Well, after nearly eleven hours, all the matches in the Divison Finals are finished. Seven out of eight teams are getting ready to book flights for Barcelona (one playoff match in Europe will decide the eighth team). The end of the USA matches signaled the end of the day. The final four matches ended up to be a horserace between the USA National Team 1 and USA - Louisiana. In the end, the National Team edge Lousiana by a point.

USA National Team 1 -- 58
(tnetter, shaundeeb, principe4, d-28)


USA - Louisiana -- 57
USA - South Dakota -- 47
USA National Team 2 -- 42
USA - Maryland -- 36

5:35--Here are the results from the USA Divison matches.

1. tnetter (USA National Team 1) 20
2. crookedtoe (USA - South Dakota) 15
3. mattg1983 (USA -- Lousiana) 11
4. stealurmoney (USA National Team 2) 8
5. The Shrike (USA -- Maryland) 6

1. BeL0WaB0Ve (USA National Team 2) 20
2. ImASick0 (USA -- Lousiana) 15
3. TSU Tigre (USA -Maryland) 11
4. shaundeeb (USA National Team 1) 8
5. biggies05 (USA - South Dakota) 6

1. jacquno (USA - Lousisana) 20
2. principe4 (USA National Team 1) 15
3. P0kerstar (USA - Maryland) 11
4. Hoogah (USA National Team 2) 8
5. thesidedish (USA - South Dakota) 6

1. vintnerbfg (USA - South Dakota) 20
2. d-28 (USA National Team 1) 15
3. JJDude (USA - Louisiana) 11
4. mandel55 (USA - Maryland) 8
5. BettaGirl (USA National Team 2) 6

5:10pm--With the end of the Canada matches, we now have our next team set for Barcelona (see below for the others): Canada-Newfoundland!

Canada Province Team 1 (Newfoundland) -- 61
(tilterino, SirWatts, gummer2004, poppyoppy)


Canada National Team 2 -- 51
Canada National Team 2 -- 47
Canada Province Team 3 -- 43
Canada Province Team 2 -- 38

5:02pm--Here are the results from all four Canada Division matches.

1. theTaxMan75' (Canada National Team 2) 20 pts.
2. snake8484 (Canada Province Team 3) 15
3. tilterino (Canada Province Team 1) 11
4. derek8 (Canada National Team 1) 8
5. UGOTPZD (Canada Province Team 2) 6

1. ocrowe (Canada Province Team 2) 20
2 SirWatts (Canada Province Team 1) 15
3. zangbezan24 (Canada National Team 2) 11
4. yadio (Canada National Team 1) 8
5. bondsmvp25 (Canada Province Team 3) 6

1. gummer2004 (Canada Province Team 1) 20
2. farkoo (Canada National Team 1) 15
3. whyme63 (Canada Province Team 3) 11
4. Boneman7812 (Canada National Team 2) 8
5. whippers (Canada Province Team 2) 6

1. Erniee96 (Canada National Team 1) 20
2. poppyoppy (Canada Province Team 1) 15
3. Joe Bluff (Canada Province Team 3) 11
4. nexlyne (Canada National Team 2) 8
5. 54bruschi (Canada Province Team 2) 6

4:49pm--And then there were two. With the exception of the playoff between Hungary and Romanio, all we have left to decide are the Canada and USA Divisions. Both of those battles have been underway now for nearly two hours. Three of the four Canada matches have already finished. Only one of the USA matches is complete.

4:38pm--We can once again add to the list of teams that will be headed to Barcelona to fight for big cash and even bigger national pride.

Barcelona Live Final Teams


Bayern--Province Team 3
Rennwurm, bolsans, kosa28, Corn0815
(German Division)



Team Ireland
ROONEY_DIVES, luckysod, Conno!!y, greenrizla
(Britain and Ireland Division)




Team Iceland
Squrell, uglyjoes, @tl@sinn, frikki
(Europe Division I)




Team Portugal
spxdes, zumytime, Guto ,jojo19713
(Europe Division II)



Team Mexico
onasis16, coronabeach, xmeteorox, elricardomt
(Rest of World Division)



There was a tie in Europe Division III between Hungary and Romania. There will be a tie-breaker between those two teams in the coming days.


4:22pm--It felt this way from the beginning and it feels this way now. Please join me in welcoming Team Mexico to the final eight teams of the PokerStars World Cup of Poker IV. Here are the final standings in the Rest of the World Division.

Mexico 42
(onasis16, coronabeach, xmeteorox, elricardomty)


Argentina 39
Japan 33
Brazil 31
Puerto Rico 22
Venezuela 22
Australia 21
South Africa 21
Korea 19
New Zealand 18
Costa Rica 8
Philippines 4

4:17pm--I fear we may be in for another Blogger publishing problem. Hopefully not. The Rest of the World matches just wrapped up. Here are the results of the final match.

1. lisykey (Argentina) 20 pts.
2. GUAZZELLI (Brazil) 15
3. sjh1799 (Korea) 11
4. Adrian A.A. (Puerto Rico) 8
5. xmeteorox (Mexico) 6
6. evo.com (New Zealand) 4
7. Dostojewski (Japan) 3
8. BULLDOGLW (Costa Rica) 2
9. haigang (Venezuela) 1
10. Judas75 (South Africa) 0
11. sammy_j_01 (Australia) 0
12. iko1688 (Philippines) 0


4:08pm--South Africa's mosbay just made a great comeback to take first place in his match in the Rest of the World Division.

1. mosbay (South Africa) 20 pts.
2. daytona955i (Japan) 15
3. aakkari (Brazil) 11
4. onasis16 (Mexico) 8
5. tioalberto (Venezuela) 6
6. ak97b (Philippines) 4
7. godhatesme76 (Korea) 3
8. Tekeelya (Puerto Rico) 2
9. SilkysNuts (Australia) 1
10. argenpoker (Argentina) 0
11. bismillahno (New Zealand) 0
12. brzgroup (Costa Rica) 0

3:50pm--Give that match to Australia.

1. just4fun;-p (Australia) 20 pts
2. thepatan (Venezuela) 15
3. Shingen (Japan) 11
4. elricardomty (Mexico) 8
5. TansNZ (New Zealand) 6
6. cristian10 (Argentina) 4
7. R_Caiaffa (Brazil) 3
8. CHEONGPA (Korea) 2
9. Gaor (Puerto Rico) 1
10. LADYBUGER (Costa Rica) 0
11. Trejiem (South Africa) 0
12. LSDUDE (Philippines) 0

3:46pm--Australia or Venezuela. The looks to be the question in one of the three remaining Rest of the World matches. Auatrailia's just4fun;-p holds the chip lead, but Venezuela's thepatan looks like he might be able to make up some grounf. Who knows. They are heads up as I type.

3:38pm--And that's that. In the first match of the Rest of the World playoffs, Mexico has jumped out to an early lead with coronabeach's victory.

1. coronabeach (Mexico) 20 pts
2. Crisper (Argentina) 15
3. PRbigFish (Puerto Rico) 11
4. rjmgrace (New Zealand) 8
5. JPablo (Costa Rica) 6
6. OrganizeThis (Japan) 4
7. "24" IN DUBS (Korea) 3
8. IgorFederal (Brazil) 2
9. tinpot (South Africa) 1
10. sunderland4 (Australia) 0
11. Vnezolano (Venezuela) 0
12. winroy (Philippines) 0




3:35pm--It's almost time for a cold one down Mexico way. Coronabeach has taken a commanding lead heads up and is going to have to stumble more than once to not win this one.

3:31pm--In case you're just tuning in, this morning four teams made it through to the Barcelona live finals.

Barcelona Live Final Teams

Bayern--Province Team 3 (German Division)


Team Ireland (Britain and Ireland Division)


Team Iceland (Europe Division I)


Team Portugal (Europe Division II)


There was a tie in Europe Division III between Hungary and Romania. There will be a tie-breaker between those two teams in the coming days.

3:24pm-'Tis a good day for Mexico. Still a long way to go, but every time I click on a screen, Mexico is doing something that makes me think it is destined to get there. This time, it was elricardomty flopping tens full when he needed it most.

3:08pm--I think there is a certain pride that goes along with representing something called The Rest of the World. After two full hours of play, all four matches in the divison are still going strong.

3:00pm--And now, for our next trick, the final matches of the Division Playoffs. USA and Canada are kicking off now for what should be a big ol' time. In just a few hours, we will know seven of the eight Barcelona final teams.

2:55pm--If you happen to see PRBigFish walking around the streets of Puerto Rico today, ask him about getting queens in agains ace king...ace on flop...and a queen on the turn...and river.

2:48pm--But wait! OrganizeThis from Japan has stormed up and taken the chip lead mentioned in the last update. Where I come from, we call this one a barn burner.

2:41pm--We have a couple of Rest of the World matches down to one table. In one match, Mexico's coronobeach and New Zealand's rjmgrace have pulled away to mid-game chip leads and look to do well for their team in the late going.

2:07pm--Play is back underway in the Rest of the World Division, as members of the U.S. finalists and Canada finalists start putting together their games for the 3pm start.

1:54pm--Coming up on the first break with only a handful of eliminations so far. Hour two figures to be a lot more exciting.

1:30pm--One note...since these matches have 12 players, they could take a bit longer than this morning's matches. So far, only one player, LSDUDE from the Philippines has been eliminated

1:12pm--If I had to pick a feature match right now, it would be Match 1 of the Rest of the World Division. It features none other than Andre Akkari of Team PokerStars, not to mention brzgroup, a well-known Costa Rican player.

1:00pm--The Rest of the World Division is underway with a whole bunch of teams fighting for one spot in the live finals.

12:49pm--Looks like--save one niggling little math error--the unofficial results below are now official. Congratulations to the teams who have already won their trips to Barcelona.

Now, we have about ten minutes before the big Rest of the World Division in which one of the following nine teams fight for one spot in the finals.

Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Costa Rica
Japan
Korea
Mexico
New Zealand
Philippines
Puerto Rico
South Africa
Venezuela

Those games kick off at 1pm ET, followed by the USA and Canada divisions at 3pm ET.

12:36pm--I'll admit, while I do my share of math at the poker table, I'm not much for calculatin', figurin', and cipherin'. That said, while I wait on the official results from PokerStars World Cup of Poker IV HQ, here are the unofficial results from this morning's action.

Barcelona Live Final Teams

Bayern--Province Team 3 (German Division)


Team Ireland (Britain and Ireland Division)


Team Iceland (Europe Division I)


Team Portugal (Europe Division II)


There was a tie in Europe Division III between Hungary and Romania. There will be a tie-breaker between those two teams in the coming days.

12:33pm--Here are the final standings from the Britain and Ireland Division.

Team Ireland 65
Team England 59
Team Wales 54
Team Scotland 36
Team N. Ireland 26

12:25pm--There may be an issue with the math on Europe Divison III. Working on it as we speak. (Resolved)

12:14pm--The matches that startes at 9am this morning are all finished up, so we now have all the results from the Britain and Ireland Division. Here are the results of the four matches.

1. TwistedEcho (England) 20
2. ROONEY_DIVES (Ireland) 15
3. lee xxx (Scotland) 11
4. Rekwob (Wales) 8
5. allinstevie (N. Ireland) 6

1. luckysod (Ireland) 20
2. Crazeology (Wales) 15
3. Andy134 (England) 11
4. cess_man (Scotland) 8
5. superking21 (N. Ireland) 6

1. Ecclesbury (England) 20
2. Conno!!y (Ireland) 15
3. barry_dread (Wales) 11
4. garscull (N. Ireland) 8
5. am.gan.boosh (Scotland) 6

1. Jimellis100 (Wales) 20
2. greenrizla (Ireland) 15
3. TheInfector (Scotland) 11
4. jeffex (England) 8
5. spudgunn (N. Ireland) 6

12:02pm--Based on the unofficial results from Europe Division III below, the unofficial four Barcelona live event finalists so far are Team Iceland, Team Germany Province 3, Team Portugal, and....Team Lithuania! So, while we're sad to report Team Poland will not have a chance to defend its title in Barcelona. The only chance we'll have to see a repeat champion is if Team Costa Rica wins its division this afternoon. Here are the standings from Europe Division III. Looks like we have a tie.

Romania 44
Hungary 44
Luthuania 38
Ukraine 38
Austria 37
Russian Federation 35
Netherlands 21
Poland 12
Switzerland 11


11:42--Let's wrap up the European Divisions, shall we? Here are the unofficial results from Europe Division III.

1. Belabacsi (Hungary) 20
2. razvan1ian (Romania) 15
3. ~US&Co~ (Ukraine) 11
4. thopra (Austria) 8
5. sekme (Lithuania) 6
6. Banane03 (Switzerland) 4
7. idolaf (Netherlands) 3
8. BighandLeo (Poland) 2
9. Alex_Moscow (Russian Federation) 1

1. KD_Toll (Russian Federation) 20
2. RaSZi (Netherlands) 15
3. 0lis (Lithuania) 11
4. Avesalom (Ukraine) 8
5. adamHU (Hungary) 6
6. fcbpro (Switzerland) 4
7. copi (Austria) 3
8. punisher2007 (Poland) 2
9. alin111 (Romania) 1

1. Tardeea (Romania) 20
2. kestasg (Lithuania) 15
3. caesar321 (Russian Federation) 11
4. VOVCHENKO (Ukraine) 8
5. black1980 (Austria) 6
6. bzurd (Poland) 4
7. kasztor (Hungary) 3
8. schlabbi65 (Switzerland) 2
9. Supermenno (Netherlands) 1

1. DnCarlos (Austria) 20
2. vgerte (Hungary) 15
3. t_spieler (Ukraine) 11
4. keke22 (Romania) 8
5. Andriokaz (Lithuania) 6
6. sanojca (Poland) 4
7. Furunduk (Russian Federation) 3
8. Bodibikkel (Netherlands) 2
9. pip's-ch (Switzerland) 1

11:26am--With all of the early games completed, we're working on both official and unofficial scoring. As we mentioned, Team Iceland and Team Germany (Province 3) appear to have advanced to the finals. I've unofficially calculated the results of Europe Division II and would like to be the first to congratulate Team Portugal for making it to the live finals in Barcelona! Official results will be in later.

Portugal -- 52
(spxdes, zumytime, Guto ,jojo19713)

Spain -- 48
France -- 46
Israel -- 35
Greece -- 32
Belgium -- 27
Slovenia -- 22
Italy -- 14

11:08am--Here are the results of Europe Division II.

1. spxdes (Portugal) 20 pts.
2. VARICO (Spain) 15
3. amichaiKK (Israel) 11
4. kalamitsis (Greece) 8
5. Jeffray73 (Belgium) 6
6. tilou4fun (France) 4
7. Zgaga (Slovenia) 3
8. confiteor (Italy) 2

1. zumytime (Portugal) 20 pts
2. mulatek (Slovenia) 15
3. djalminha (Spain) 11
4. Mendasoni (Greece) 8
5. HappyFish (Israel) 6
6. alessio (Italy) 4
7. scymeganck (Belgium) 3
8. tambourin (France) 2

1. Nisa34 (France) 20
2. OLDstyleNL (Israel) 15
3. SobraoBoY (Spain) 11
4. VeNSe (Greece) 8
5. Guto (Portugal) 6
6. Gridi (Italy) 4
7. Dexia (Belgium) 3
8. marjan99 (Slovenia) 2

1. kob85 (France) 20 pts.
2. maxtaminesp (Belgium) 15
3. Kocoliso (Spain) 11
4. tavernari (Greece) 8
5. jojo19713 (Portugal) 6
6. turlino (Italy) 4
7. ACE_YOU (Israel) 3
8. DavidSLO (Slovenia) 2


11:04am--Alright, I'm catching my breath a little bit here. European Divisions II and III have finished up as well. I'm working on tabulating those results. In the meantime, I'll offer unofficial congratulations to German Province Team 3 and Team Iceland for unofficially making it to Barcleona (official results coming in a while). You can find results below.

10:54am--We mentioned a little earlier that unofficial scoring has Team Iceland as the first Barcelona finalist. It will be a bit before we get official word from PokerStars World Cup of Poker HQ, but we have also tabulated the unofficial results from the German matches and show German Province Team 3 as the team headed to Barcelona!

German Province Team 3 -- 62
(Rennwurm, bolsans, kosa28, Corn0815)

German National Team 1 -- 54
German National Team 1 -- 40
German Province Team 4 -- 39
German Province Team 2 -- 33
German Province Team 1 -- 28

10:40am-- We posted this result earlier:

1. eppur (German Province Team 4)-- 20 pts
2. TheSouthern (German National Team 1)-- 15
3. bolsans (German Province Team 3)-- 11
4. trinitob (German Province Team 1)-- 8
5. Ameise1979 (German Province Team 2)-- 6
6. bolito (German National Team 2) -- 4

Here are the other three German matches.

1. Karl Marx (German National Team 1) -- 20 pts.
2. Barlor (German Province Team 2)-- 15
3. Rennwurm (German Province Team 3)-- 11
4. energie99 (German Province Team 1) -- 8
5. Edgardoo (German National Team 2) -- 6
6. dilce (German Province Team 4)-- 4

1. kosa28 (German Province Team 3)-- 20 pts.
2. W David W (German National Team 2) -- 15
3. Mecki85 (German National Team 1) -- 11
4. Schochi1234 (German Province Team 2)-- 8
5. Tytem79 (German Province Team 1) -- 6
6. sobelix (German Province Team 4)-- 4

1. Corn0815 (German Province Team 3)-- 20 pts.
2. HeadCrusher (German National Team 2) -- 15
3. studyx (German Province Team 4)-- 11
4. Ikone07 (German National Team 1) -- 8
5. XMrMemphisX (German Province Team 1) -- 6
6. Cellixxx (German Province Team 2)-- 4




10:37pm--Germany's team has been decided. Unofficial results are coming in now.

10:27am--We are still waiting on official results from PokerStars World Cup of Poker HQ, but the PokerStars Blog unofficial scoring has Iceland the first team to make it to Barcelona! Here are the unofficial results from Europe Division I.

Iceland -- 51
(Squrell, uglyjoes, @tl@sinn, frikki)
Latvia -- 49
Norway -- 38
Finland -- 34
Denmark -- 33
Estonia -- 33
Sweden -- 27

10:22am--Here are the results of the final Europe Division I match.

1. FlyingSumo (Norway) -- 20 pts.
2. Squrell (Iceland) -- 15
3. Vorcirion (Finland) -- 11
4. Riverloser (Sweden) -- 8
5. EDUARD_II (Latvia) -- 6
6. butch_dk (Denmark) -- 4
7. madiso (Estonia) -- 3

10:16am--Europe Divison I is the fastest on the planet. Here are the results from the third completed match (with one still remaining).

1. krossmajo (Iceland) -- 20 pts.
2. hartsa (Finland)-- 15
3. Skanke (Sweden)-- 11
4. Wildlion (Latvia)-- 8
5. bjolla (Norway) -- 6
6. nisuw (Estonia) -- 4
7. daniBOOM (Denmark) -- 3


10:11am--Here's another completed European Division I match. Latvia looks to be making a run for Barcelona. After the completion of this match, Latvia has jumped out to the lead in Europe Division I.

1. mr.Krubs (Latvia) -- 20 pts
2. Tulkaz (Denmark) -- 15
3. Annette_15 (Norway)-- 11
4. uglyjoes (Iceland) -- 8
5. henri72 (Estonia)-- 6
6. mongeron (Finland) --4
7. Dihxm (Sweden) --3


10:01am--Germany is starting to look a little more defined. Here's how its first match finished up.

1. eppur (German Province Team 4)-- 20 pts
2. TheSouthern (German National Team 1)-- 15
3. bolsans (German Province Team 3)-- 11
4. trinitob (?)-- 8
5. Ameise1979 (German Province Team 2)-- 6
6. bolito (German National Team 2) -- 4


9:52am--We've got a match in the books. In Europe Division I, the match ended up like this:

1. c0ldfish (Estonia)-- 20 pts.
2. IljaV (Latvia) -- 15
3. voigt2006 (Denmark) -- 11
4. frikki (Iceland) -- 8
5. abyn403 (Sweden) -- 6
6. KillerKeni (Finland) -- 4
7. lecofiret (Norway) -- 3

9:38am--We have our first heads up match and it looks like it may not last long. In the German Playoffs Match 3, W David W is heads up with kosa28. W David W is playing for the German National Team 2.

9:34am--Well, the biggest name to go down yet has just hurt Austria. Copi is probably Austria's best known online tournament player. He has been eliminated in seventh place in a Europe Division III match.

9:28am--In Europe Division III, the Netherlands lost Supermenno and Switzerland lost schlabbi65.

9:25am--Over in the Britain and Ireland matches, Northern Ireland has just lost its captain, allinstevie.

9:22am--National German Team 2 just lost bolito.

9:12am--Out of all the matches running right now, the quickest one of the bunch is one in Europe Division I. Seven players started and five now remain. Norway's lecofret, Finland's KillerKeni, and Sweden's abyn403 have already been eliminated.

9:08am--More bad news for Germann Province Team 4. It just lost another player. Dilce just went out in sixth place. Things on Team 4 could look better.

9:00am--The new hour brings two things. First, Italy's confiteor is out. Second, the Britain and Ireland playoffs are beginning.

8:55am--In German playoff news, Munich's sobelix has bitten then dust in sixth place. Solbelix is a member of German Province Team 4.

8:52am--Man down! It might be impossible to report every elimination today, but I think it's worth noting, the first elimination today came at the expense of Team Romanio who just lost alin111 with AT vs QQ.

8:33am--With 16 matches underway, you might think we might have had a player down by this point. In fact, all teams are still alive and kicking.

8:20am--So, a few matters of logistics. As the first matches are now underway, you might be interested in knowing who is playing for which team. A full list of the current team stuctures can be found on the World Cup of Poker Teams page. To see how today's matches are being scored, here's how the World Cup of Poker Scoring works.

8:00am--And we're off!

7:47am--You may already know, the first two years this event took place, the tough team from Costa Rica won the championship. I was in London in 2005 for the PokerStars World Cup of Poker II and remember marveling at the sheer joy Team Costa Rica showed as it took down the championship for the second year. I still love this picture of the team. I snapped it just as the river card came down on the final hand.



The following year, Team Costa Rica did not make it to the finals. So, obviously, PokerStars ended up with a new champion. That turned out to be the tough team from Poland.



Now, as the matches get ready to kick off, the question is...who will join Costa Rica and Poland as champions? We'll be a lot closer to finding out at the end of the day.

7:12 am--In Germany, the sun has been up for some time now. In America, the first orange and yellow hues are just starting to water color the horizon. It's at the this hour, the one we call "7:00" on the PokerStars lobby clock, that members of the PokerStars World Cup of Poker IV Division Finals have started to assemble for a day of action that promises to land eight teams in one of the coveted spots in the live finals. Those eight teams will all converge on Barcelona in just a few weeks to compete for money and national pride. This year, I've pulled myself from bed with a mere hour and half of sleep to follow the Division Finals as they wind their way from a loose collection of online poker masters to a list of teams that will soon have the chance of joining Team Costa Rica and Team Poland as World Cup of Poker Champions.

The European teams are currently in their virtual meeting rooms and will be sitting down to play at 8:00am ET. To watch the teams play live, open up the PokerStars lobby, click "Events" then "World Cup" then "Division Finals." Or, just keep checking back here throughout the day to see how everyone is faring.

Good luck, everybody.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in