Some of the best poker players from Europe and the Americas are set to again battle it out at this year’s World Series of Poker Europe in the Caesars Cup, a unique Ryder Cup-style poker tournament that pits teams of the best players from both sides of the Atlantic against each other.

The Caesars Cup is a made-for-television special that will air as part of televised 2011 WSOPE coverage.

Pride, bragging rights and claiming the Caesars Cup are all up for grabs at the event.  It will be contested during this year’s World Series of Poker Europe Presented by Barriere Poker taking place at the Casino Barrière de Cannes Croisette and the Hôtel Majestic Barrière in the beautiful seaside locale of Cannes, France from October 7 to October 20. 

The unique event will be played on Wednesday, October 19th at 10 AM, with the tournament being fought out on the feature table. 

The event was last played in in London, during the 2009 WSOP Europe.  Team Europe, captained by former WSOPE Main Event champion Annette Obrestad, easily defeated Team Americas, captained by Daniel Negreanu and featuring poker legends Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey.

“Team Americas has a score to settle after what most considered a colossal upset in London,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.   “You see a real rivalry developing as European players continue to win more tournaments around the world.”

The Caesars Cup will feature the game No-Limit Hold’em with two teams of five doing battle over a series of unique partner and heads up formats, with points awarded for each victory. The unique formats will include alternate betting and other non-traditional elements as players aim to win points for their respective teams. 

The format will be best three out of five, with the first team to three points declared the winners.

Each team will feature five top players, with the Americas team captained by current WSOP Player of the Year leader Phil Hellmuth and the Europeans skippered by the flame-haired Frenchman Bertrand “ElKY” Grospellier.  Both Hellmuth and Grospellier will be responsible for selecting four additional team members each of whom will do battle alongside them to determine whether the Americas or Europeans is home to the best tournament poker players.

Additionally players will be made public soon.
Launched in 2007 by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc., owner of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), the WSOPE is the first tournament extension of the world’s richest and most prestigious gaming event.  WSOPE is now held in Cannes, France after four consecutive years in London, England.  The WSOPE awards the same coveted gold bracelets that the WSOP awards annually in Las Vegas.  In its first four years, WSOPE has awarded 16 gold bracelets, the first bracelets ever awarded outside the United States, of which ten different nations have claimed.  A total of 4,389 entrants have competed for £21,392,500 in prize money.  Please visit www.wsop.com/2011/WSOPE for more information.