World Cup of Poker V: North American action begins tonight

Within the next two months, Team U.S.A.will have its chance to defend its PokerStars World Cup of Poker title. Tonight, we will begin the long process of determining who which players will be on that team.

Tonight, World Cup North American state and provincial qualifiers begin for U.S.A.and Canada (see them all and register under the Events -- World Cup tabs in the PokerStars tournament lobby).

After three years of watching the title go to Costa Rica or Poland, Team U.S.A. went to Barcelona last year and took home the title for America. Tyler Netter, Randy Pricipe, Greg Raymer, John Kenlan, and Shaun Deeb won the $100,000 first prize, leaving Romania, Iceland, and Canada to finish second through fourth respectively (see a full report HERE).

The World Cup of Poker live finals will happen alongside the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in early January, but there will be a long way to go before we reach the big money. First, we have to figure out who will be playing for each team.

Countries from around the globe will be competing for nearly $300,000 in prize money and a bucketful of national pride. Each team will be made up of qualifiers, tournament leader board winners, and one nominated player. The road to the live finals is a long but satisfying one.

The state and provincial qualifiers run over the next three days before the finals on Sunday. German province finals run on Sunday, as well.

For complete details on how to qualify for your country's team and fight for international acclaim in the Bahamas, visit the World Cup of Poker V page.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Cup of Poker