World Cup of Poker VI headed to live finals
After several weeks of hardcore online battle, the final nine teams in the PokerStars World Cup of Poker VI have been set. Now, they're ready to pack their bags for the live finals in the Bahamas in January.
Once again, the final field is a true worldwide battle. The United States, Germany, Canada, Italy, Finland, Norway, Croatia, Taiwan and Chile will all be fighting for the World Cup of Poker title.
The nine final teams will travel to Paradise Island during the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Among the final teams is Team Germany, the World Cup of Poker V winners.
When the players reach the live finals in the Bahamas, all the players will compete in three rounds of preliminary events. The first round will consist of several nine-handed single-table shootouts with one player from each team at the table. In the second round, players will compete in a short-handed single table shootout. The third round will be made up of even tougher four-max contests.
When that's all said and done, the official rules look like this:
At the end of Day 1, players will be invited to a special Pokerstars World Cup of Poker drinks reception, where the line-ups will be announced. This is where the teams can start to decide on their strategy. On Day 2 it's one-on-one for your place at the Final Table. The remaining eight teams will be seeded 2-9, with Team 2 playing Team 9, Team 3 playing Team 8 and so on. The higher seeded team picks the Match-Ups, the lower-seeded team picks the order of play. All five members of each team will have one Heads-Up match against their enemy counterpart.
While the first place team enjoys a day at the beach, Teams 2-9 will be locking horns for the final Country Showdown. With 60 points going to the winner and 30 points to the losers, every country will see their fate determined in the Heads-Up battles. Then it's time for the Final Table and the chance to win big!
The PokerStars Blog always has that week in January blocked off to cover the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, so you're sure to see World Cup of Poker coverage here.
Congrats to the final nine teams. We'll see you on Paradise Island.