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Online poker giant PokerStars unveils Americas Cup of Poker tournament 2009

International bragging rights are well and truly at stake as internet site PokerStars have announced the first Americas Cup of Poker (ACP) is to take place, culminating in a live final in Argentina in three weeks. 16 teams will participate, split into four groups, which include the 13 American nations and also three ‘wildcard’ entries, compiled from players from the rest of the world.

The groups are as follows:
Group A: USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Wildcard 1
Group B: Canada, Columbia, Uruguay, Wildcard 2
Group C: Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Costa Rica
Group D: Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Wildcard 3

Qualifiers for the tournament are currently taking place and PokerStars have set the price as low as $0.20 in an effort to attract as many members as possible. Qualification is achieved by placing in the top 100 during the first round of events.

Over the coming weeks each groups teams will play in a series of head-to-head, round robin-robin style heats, with the top eight progressing to the live final at the Argentinean ski resort of Cerro Catedral. Teams in the final will be made up of the top five players from each nation based on qualification, as well as a live member of Team PokerStars Pros.

Aside from bringing glory to their country, $250,000 in prize money is up for grabs, with a further $100,000 split among the team’s winning players.

Dan Stephens
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