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    Friday, October 21st, 2011 by Ryan

The 2011 Caesars Cup had a good amount of hype around it as it was getting set to kick off. It could have something to do with the big names involved on both sides, and also the great poker that was featured the last time the Caesars Cup was played back in 2009. The 2009 Cup ended with Team Europe taking down the win, but Team Americas was determined this year to make sure that the result was different in the end. In 09′ Team Americas was knocked off four matches to one; but this year, the Phil Hellmuth led team knocked off the Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier led Team Europe by a score of three matches to one.

The idea behind the Caesars Cup is that it works similar to the Ryder Cup in Golf, as the captains of both teams will pick four players to represent their teams, and there is then a best of five series that involves multiple different poker events. Team Americas featured Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Jason Mercier (who replaced Huck Seed), and Ben Lamb (who replaced Doyle Brunson). On the other side, Team Europe included ElkY, Jake Cody, Tony G, Gus Hansen, and Max Lykov. As you can tell by the names that were featured on both sides, both teams felt incredibly confident entering the event.

The best of five series started off with a tag team match that had Lamb and Mercier against Tony G and Jake Cody, which resulted in a Team America win to go up 1-0. Match two featured Hellmuth and Negreanu, who actually paired up back in 2009 as well; but they were knocked off by the two headed monster of Hansen and Lykov, to tie up the series at 1-1. Then came match three, which was considered a must win for both sides, as Johnny Chan was matched up against Grospellier. Chan was able to hold off Grospellier and take down the win to give Team Americas a 2-1 lead. It all came to an end with none other than the team captain Hellmuth, against Lykov. The match only lasted thirty minutes, and featured Hellmuth knocking off Lykov with Q-10 against Lykov’s K-9.

This gave Team America’s their redemption, with a 3-1 victory, and handed the Caesars Cup over to Hellmuth and company.

Attention now shifts back to the WSOPE final table, which features some big names in poker. To top it off for all of the poker fans out there who enjoyed keeping up with the Caesars Cup action, the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event’s November Nine is set to kick off in just a few weeks in Las Vegas. It will be a televised event by ESPN, and features an incredible grand prize of over $8 million for whichever player is able to outlast the field and win one of the largest events in poker.

Also be sure to keep your eye on the Player of the Year race, which features two players at the top of the list currently, who both represented Team Americas in the Caesars Cup, Phil Hellmuth and Ben Lamb.

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