Caesars Cup: Victory to Europe

The first ever Caesars Cup in poker was played Friday September 25 and saw Europe claim a secure victory in pokers answers to Ryder Cup in golf. A team from the US was facing an all European team starring a strong line up of especially Finnish and Danish players including WSOP 2008 champion Peter Eastgate and Gus Hansen who had been elected by team captain Anette Obrestad to defend the European pride.

Anette and the 7 others

The European team consisted of 7 players besides Anette herself and with Ilari ”Ziigmund” Sahamies, Patrick Antonius, Bertrand ”Elky” Grospellier, John Harvey (Betfair Poker qualifier) Poker), Dario Minieri, Gus Hansen and Peter Eastgate the concept seemed to be to send young very aggressive players in the ring for Europe.

The team from USA also had 8 members with Daniel Negreanu being the team Captain. Phil Ivey, Huck Seed, Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Jennifer Harman, John Juanda og Barry Greenstein were the 7 other team members and could be looked upon as the direct opposite player types than the Europeans. Good old solid players were the choice of Daniel when he elected his team members.

The tournament format was a special heads up format where teams of two players from each side was competing against each other and it was soon to be seen that the young internet poker players from Europe had an advantage. Phil Ivey and Huck Seed was fairly fast eliminated by the Finnish duo Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies and Patrick Antonius and shortly after Phil Hellmuth/Daniel Negreanu faced the same destiny in their match against the super hot Bertrand ”Elky” Grospellier and his online qualifier partner John Harvey. USA fightning back from a 0-2 deficit saw legend Doyle Brunsson and Jennifer Harman reducing the score to 1-2 after beating Anette Obrestad and Dario Minieri.

Danish dynamite

The Caesars Cup ended with the Danish dynamic duo Peter Eastgate and Gus Hansen eliminating John Juanda and Barry Greenstein which secured Europe a comfortable 3-1 win in this first Caesars Cup poker event.

For a full year Europe can claim to be the best poker nation and most likely the Europeans will find ways of using the victory to irritate the Americans during WSOPE Main Event which begins today.


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