2011 Caesars Cup Captains for Team Americas and Team Europe AnnouncedTuesday, September 13th, 2011 by t2admin
Early this week, the captains of the 2011 Caesars Cup teams, Americas and Europe, were announced. Team Americas will be led by Phil Hellmuth, while Team Europe will have Bertrand Grospellier. Phil Hellmuth, an accomplished poker professional, has been in the field of poker for several years. And in that time, he has won many major tournament titles. The poker player has a record win in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) – 11 bracelets. In addition to this, he has had an impressive 84 WSOP cashes.
Phil Hellmuth’s team of five will go up against Bertrand Grospellier’s in the upcoming Caesars Cup which is set to take place on 19th October. Grospellier has won a WSOP bracelet, and a title each at the European Poker Tour (EPT) and World Poker Tour (WPT). If his team wins the Caesars Cup this year, it will be Team Americas first win since the tournament was instated.
Team Americas’ Previous Experience at Caesars Cup
When the first Caesars Cup was held in 2009, Team Americas was comprised of players who had won several bracelets and had big wins in prior tournaments. They had earned the status of icons in the poker circuit. They were pitted against Team Europe a young group of players who held a formidable position in the online poker world. However, Team Americas, led by Daniel Negreanu, lost to Team Europe, captained by Annette Obrestad that year. The trend continued in 2010.
With Phil Hellmuth at the helm, Team Americas can hope to take home the Caesars Cup this year. In the first half of 2011, the poker professional made his presence felt in the circuit when he won the title “Player of the Year” in the WSOP. By entering the Caesars Cup, which is part of the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), he intends to leave his mark in the poker circuit, yet again.
Hellmuth’s Team Gets Doyle Brunson
Hellmuth’s team of five will include legendary poker player Doyle Brunson. With over 50 years of experience under his belt, Brunson is one of the best additions Hellmuth could have made to his team. Also nicknamed The Godfather, Brunson has ten WSOP bracelets, just one shy of Hellmuth’s collection. Voted the “most influential force in the world of poker”, Brunson could play a crucial role in the team’s performance at the felt this year.
Hellmuth will announce the names of the players who will fill up the remaining three spots in his team, in a few days. Some of the players who could take place on Team Americas are Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, Phil Ivey, Ben Lam, Tom Dwan and Daniel Negreanu, all of whom are professional players with several tournament wins to their credit.
Meanwhile, after bagging wins in the EPT, WSOP and WPT – also known as the Poker Triple Crown – Grospellier is keen on leading Team Europe to its third win at the Caesar’s Cup. Nevertheless, he is yet to select the members of his team. Based on the trend in the selection of members in the past two teams for Europe, it is likely that this year’s members too will be young, with plenty of online gaming experience.