Germany (finally) settles World Cup team

WCP logo.JPGIn its six year history, the PokerStars World Cup of Poker has seen just about everything. It's been played on a boat, in a TV studio, and at one of the world's greatest resorts. It's seen two-time champions and first-time winners. However, in all the time since PokerStars created the World Cup, it has never seen qualifying get bogged down by parity. That is, the World Cup has never seen its Division Finals end in a four-way tie.

Back on September 13 when the World Cup finals teams should've been almost decided, the six German teams played to determine which one would represent Germany in the World Cup live final in The Bahamas. Two German national teams faced off against four state teams. Only one of the six would get their chance at a title.

That's when the World Cup experienced its first-ever four-way tie. A German national team, Thüringen, Schleswig-Holstein, and Rheinland-Pfalz all finished with 47 points.

Now, in many tournament situations, that might not be a problem. However, when trying to coordinate the schedules of 16 different people to play matches online, organizers had a big task ahead of them.

It took weeks to figure out, but finally they got the matches underway, and this time the score wasn't even close. Schleswig-Holstein turned in a dominant performance with their Striker and Goalie each winning their match, the Midfielder coming in 2nd place, and the Defender bringing up the rear with a 4th place result. This added up to 63 points, with the next closest team, Rheinland-Pfalz, putting up 52 points.

Schleswig-Holstein, consisting of Greel13 (Striker), coach6999 (Midfielder), Cornils1986 (Defender), and th3_rock91 (Goalie) are now headed to the Bahamas. There they will fight against the United States, Canada, Italy, Finland, Norway, Croatia, Taiwan and Chile for the title.

Congratulaons to Schleswig-Holstein, heretofore known as Team Germany! Maybe they'll do as well as last year's German team (below), who won the World Cup.


Brad Willis
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