Players from all over North, Central and South America will have an opportunity to flaunt their poker skill in the upcoming America’s Cup of Poker hosted by PokerStars. The event will take place in two stages that will require players to succeed at an online table and then translate that success over to a live tournament setting.
For the first portion of the America’s Cup, players from sixteen countries will compete in three weeks of daily online tournaments with buy-ins ranging from freeroll through $0.20 to $5.50. Tournaments began on Monday July 27th and will run until August 16th. The countries will be divided into four heats of four countries and the tournaments will be open to anyone from the countries participating in a given heat. Points will be awarded to the top 100 finishers in each event.
Each week the countries will go head to head with a different opponent until the four countries in each heat have faced off against one another. At the end of each week, the country with the most points in the head to head match will be declared the winner. At the end of the three weeks of online tournaments the two countries with the most wins in each heat will advance to the live final round.
The live finale will be held at a ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina which is located in the Patagonia region of the country near the Andes Mountains. Each of the eight teams advancing to the live final table will be comprised of the five players who scored the most points in the series of online qualifying tournaments. In addition to the five online qualifiers, each team will have a Team PokerStars Pro added to their roster. The final round will be played in a team format with each team vying for a piece of the $250,000 prize pool. Each team is guaranteed at least $10,000 in prize money while the winning team will take home $100,000.

The details of the live finale have not been released, but they will likely bear a resemblance to another PokerStars event, the World Cup of Poker. The most recent World Cup, which took place at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January of this year, featured a similar mix of online qualifiers, Tournament Leader Board winners and PokerStars pros. The event was played in a tag team format in which team members rotated in and out of play and shared the same chip stack. The team from Germany, captained by Jan Heitmann, won the most recent World Cup of Poker.

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