World Cup of Poker: Europeans Play Sunday for Three Seats

WCP logo.JPGTechnically, we should say three more seats, as Germany and the United Kingdom will be represented at the World Cup finals as well.

The rest of the European countries competing who made their presences known in the early rounds of the World Cup of Poker have been split up and will play in one of three different Europe divisions in the playoffs. This will allow for the grand numbers of poker players in Europe to be sufficiently represented at the table that will also include the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and the rest of the world. Nine teams will represent their individual countries at the finals in the Bahamas in January, and the Sunday Divisional Playoffs will find out who they are.

All three European divisions will begin their playoffs at 8:00am ET, which isn't as bad as it sounds in Europe, with a total of 31 teams battling it out as follows:

Division Europe I:

Sweden, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Israel, Iceland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria

Division Europe II:

Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Finland, Poland, Belarus, Slovenia, Estonia, Turkey, Ireland

Division Europe III:

France, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, France, Latvia

Each team will have four players, including two freeroll qualifiers who have been established and two tournament leaderboard qualifiers, some of the latter of whom are in the process of being finalized. And when the playoffs are over on Sunday, one team from each division will receive notice that its players will be receiving the Bahamas prize package and the chance to compete for the international World Cup title.

What's in it for you on Sunday? The PokerStars reporting team delivering all of the action via live blog updates from the virtual tables. The entire schedule for all divisions can be found here, and you can visit the World Cup of Poker V page for additional info.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in World Cup of Poker