World Cup of Poker: Germany Readies for Playoffs, UK for Bahamas

WCP logo.JPGGermany and the United Kingdom are divisions unto themselves in the World Cup of Poker V challenge, and each is guaranteed a place at the live finals in the Bahamas in January of 2009. Come to think of it, that's next month already!

But Germany has a tough task ahead, and it will all take place this Sunday, December 7th in the Divisional Playoffs. There are two German teams and four provincial teams, and only one of the six will win the spot at the final live table. Germany is home to some of the greatest players in the game and has been making quite the presence at live tournaments everywhere, but the country has no recorded wins at the previous World Cups of Poker. The pressure is on to send the most capable team to the Bahamas in order for the country to make its mark at this prestigious global competition.

Division Germany will see the following teams compete on Sunday for a shot at stardom:

Germany 1: joscha45, Mados4k, SmArTdOg1970, (plus one tournament leaderboard qualifier TBD)
Germany 2: BongBob, AjaxAchill, Meledi69, HG25
Berlin: xxB 52xx, D. Nowitzki, NiceBet_1985, Max Pro 101
Hamburg: fips2708, GoaMick, 1 Man@work, noregretsall
Nordrhein-Westfalen: Watte, utopias13, TomTomSnow, DeepBlue3112
Sachsen: Rennwurm, Unam1337, nobody l, Jo1701

Each team is a combination of tournament leaderboard finishers and freeroll qualifiers, and the victorious team will be packing for a trip to the beach, errr, poker table in the Bahamas.

Division United Kingdom is close to having its entire team in place:

Team UK: allinstevie, Purr of Aces, N!GHTMAR3 (plus one tournament leaderboard qualifier TBD)

The UK worked a bit differently than other divisions, and without having been divided up into sections or various teams, there are simply four qualifiers who have already won their place at the live final table. Therefore, there will be no Divisional Playoffs this Sunday for the UK. Once the last tournament leaderboard qualifier is confirmed, the four will be getting to know each other and devising their strategy in an attempt to win the World Cup of Poker.

But tune in on Sunday to see what happens with Division Germany, as the PokerStars reporting team will be on the case to bring the action to the readers via live blogging. More updates regarding other divisions will be posted as the week continues, and the entire schedule can be found here. And for even more information, visit the World Cup of Poker V page.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in World Cup of Poker