World Cup of Poker: Three divisions to lock up team members

By the end of this weekend, we will know the first official participants in the PokerStars World Cup of Poker V.

The U.S, Canada, and German divisions are all scheduled to run their state and province finals on Sunday, November 23.

Here's how tomorrow's events will work.

The three divisions have been chopped up into three or four groups. Each of those groups will play a team score round to determine which state or province wins the group round. That means the groups will play a series of tournaments against each other to determine their total team score. Whichever state or province team has the highest score in the group will secure its place on the national team and compete in the December 7 Division Play-offs.

Here's how PokerStars has broken down the groups.


The 51 state teams have been separated into three groups containing 17 states each:

Group 1: CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, VT, VA
Group 2: AL, AR, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, MI, MN, MS, MO, OH, OK, TN, TX, WI, WV
Group 3: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY

The three winning states, one from each group, then progress into the three state slots in Division USA.


The eleven Canada provinces and territories divisions have been divided into three groups. The winners of each group will get a spot on the national World Cup of Poker team.

Group 1: Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
Group 2: Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan
Group 3: Alberta, British Columbia, Canadian Territories


As was done in the U.S. and Canada, PokerStars divided the 16 German provinces into four groups. The winner of each group will get a spot on the national team.

Group 1: Bremen, Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein
Group 2: Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen–Anhalt
Group 3: Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Sachsen, Thüringen
Group 4: Hessen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland

Stick with us tomorrow for coverage of the state and province finals.

If you'd like everything explained in greater detail, just head on over to the World Cup of Poker V website.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Cup of Poker