World Cup of Poker VI moves to regionals
Like a train full of coal (or a poker player after a Vegas buffet), it takes a lot of effort to get the World Cup of Poker moving. Deciding who will fight for national pride and nearly $300,000 is a slow and sometimes lumbering process. But, like the train, once the World Cup gets going, there's no stopping it until it crashes into the Caribbean.
This weekend ends the slow part of poker's biggest international incident.
Last weekend saw the state and province qualifiers decide who will be representing the various parts of the big countries. Now we move on to this weekend's regional deciding matches for the U.S., Canada, and Germany. Those fights begin on Sunday. After that, the full world action will get underway.
That celebration you see above is Team Germany in the throes of victory. Those guys made it to the live finals in the Bahamas earlier this year and went on to win the title and the big money.
The people competing this weekend have the same chance. The teams that make it to the live final get a trip to the Bahamas and a chance to represent their country under the lights.
But that is still a ways off. We still have a lot of work to do. In the meantime, good luck to all the players in this weekend's contests. May you wave your flag hard and hit all your draws.
You can find all the World Cup events in the PokerStars tournament lobby under EVENTS and WORLD CUP. For more information on how you can get involved in the big event, see the PokerStars World Cup of Poker home page.
The good folks behind the World Cup of Poker ask that if you are a high-ranking TLB scorer, check your e-mail and see if you have been invited into the event.