World Cup of Poker: Looking to the Bahamas

In the last week or so, we've talked a lot about the World Cup of Poker and the live finals in the Bahamas. We've spoken of the bright sun, soft sand, and blue water. What we really haven't delved into too deeply is what will actually happen in the Bahamas at the World Cup of Poker V live finals.

Seems like a good time, no?

As you likely know already, 54 teams will compete around the world. Of those 54 teams, nine will end up at the live finals. Based on the World Cup of Poker rules, those nine teams will come from each of the nine divisions: U.S.A., Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, three European Divisons, Latin America, and the Rest of the World.

The Divison Play-Offs for those nine divisions take place on December 7. The teams who make it to the finals will be playing for nearly $300,000 in prize money. Here's how they will do it.

Once in the islands, the teams will compete in a preliminary live round to determine the Team Score. The scores in that round will determine the team's stack-size in a final round. In that round, each team will play a forced-rotation single-table tournament. When it's all said and done, that single-table event will determine not only the World Cup of Poker champion, but the prize money for the final nine teams.

Here's the payout structure.

World Cup of Poker Live Final Prizes

1st: $100,000 ($20,000 per person)
2nd: $70,000 ($14,000 per person)
3rd: $50,000 ($10,000 per person)
4th: $30,000 ($6,000 per person)
5th-7th: $10,000 ($2,000 per person)
8th-9th: $5,000 ($1,000 per person)

It's all explained in greater detail on the World Cup of Poker V website.

Next up on the schedule is this Sunday's USA, Canada, Germany Divisional Qualifiers. We'll have mor eon that in the next couple of days.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Cup of Poker