World Cup of Poker VI: The final table

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Welcome back to the World Cup of Poker VI and today's final table. The culmination of months of qualifying events, more qualifying events, long journeys, new friends and two days of hyper active prelims that finished just last night. If you weren't around yesterday and the day before you missed some great performances by players new to the live high stakes scene, notably Croatia, their victory securing them first place coming into the final, and Finland who yesterday surging from sixth to second place.

As we explained yesterday, the rules to this one take some getting used to. But with a little help can be understood by everyone. Try the training wheels first, I'll run behind you, then, when you've read through the points below enough times, we will take them off and free wheel all the way.


So far the two days of preliminary events have decided how many chips each team brings with them to the final table - anything from 100,000 to 20,000. Croatia stormed into the lead on day 1a, securing the 100k, while yesterdays' heads up contests determined how much their competitors would receive. Here's how it worked out:

The standings going into the final:

1st - Croatia (100,000 starting stack, 20,000 per player)
2nd - Finland (90,000, 18,000 per player)
3rd - Canada (80,000, 16,000 per player)
4th - Chinese Taipei (70,000, 14,000 per player)
5th - Norway (60,000, 12,000)
6th - Italy (50,000, 10,000 per player)
7th - USA (40,000, 8,000 per player)
8th - Germany (30,000, 6,000 per player)
9th - Chile (20,000, 4,000 per player)

That brings them to today's final - a tag team extravaganza that works like this:

  • Each team captain submitted a team roster before today's start.
  • Levels are 30 minutes long and every 20 minutes a new team member takes over. They bring with them their individual share of the team's stack.
  • If a player loses their stack before a player switch then the next player on their roster steps in and plays through.
  • Each team has two substitutions which can be used only after four levels of play.
  • Teams also have a 60-second "Time Out" option, which can be used either by the captain or the player at the table, where they can leave the table to discuss tactics in a specially segregated area.
  • The added Tabasco is that they can call this time out at any time - even during a hand.

    Simple. And here's what they're playing for:

    1st - $100,000 ($20,000 per person)
    2nd - $70,000 ($14,000 per person)
    3rd - $50,000 ($10,000 per person)
    4th - $30,000 ($6,000 per person)
    5th - $10,000 ($2,000 per person)
    6th - $10,000 ($2,000 per person)
    7th - $10,000 ($2,000 per person)
    8th - $5,000 ($1,000 per person)
    9th - $5,000 ($1,000 per person)

    The teams are arriving now and are getting miked up. We should be underway in no time, in the meantime, review some of this in video format...

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    Stephen Bartley
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