It was small and not really all that important, but the Poker Player World Cup of Poker sponsored by PartyPoker was what poker should be: fun.
Held at the Loose Cannon Poker Club in London this past Sunday, the Poker Player World Cup of Poker was organized by Poker Player magazine as a goofy little tournament to celebrate the upcoming Football (or “soccer” for Americans) World Cup.  PartyPoker held online qualifiers just for Poker Player magazine readers, awarding seats to 28 lucky players.  Four Poker Player staff members grabbed the remaining seats to round out the field of 32.
To get into the World Cup spirit, each player was randomly assigned a country that will be competing in the hugely anticipated international sporting competition and was then asked to wear something that represents their designated nation.  The player with the best “fancy dress” costume won a prize.  We don’t know who won it, but in the video on PartyPoker’s blog, player “Discipline10” representing Serbia definitely ranked up there in creativity.  Playing on the word Serbia, he dressed up as a school headmaster to represent the first syllable (“sir”) and hung a string of beer cans around his neck for the second syllable (“beer,” however much of a stretch that is from “bia”).
One dedicated PartyPoker player, who goes by “JokinJoe161” online, even flew in that day from Las Vegas, where he had been playing in a slightly larger tournament, the World Series of Poker.  He told the PartyPoker videographer that his flight was late getting in, not arriving until around noon, causing him to rush over to the Loose Cannon Poker Club to make the event.  He was likely quite happy during his travels, though, since he won $5,670 in the $1,000 No-Limit event at the WSOP for finishing 73rd out of 4,345 players.
For such a small freeroll tournament (the prize pool was only $3,500), the structure was pretty solid; 25 minute levels and 5,000 chip starting stacks.
Coming out on top was PartyPoker player “Cue71,” representing the Netherlands, but really hailing from Liverpool.  For the win, he took home $1,300, but never mind that.  He also got two (TWO!) PartyPoker shirts!  Jackpot!  And there’s actually not too bad of a chance for the results of the poker tournament to mirror the actual World Cup.  The Netherlands is an overwhelming favorite to advance out of Group E in the round robin portion of the tournament, a group which includes Denmark, Japan, and Cameroon.  Overall, according to Pinnacle Sports, the Netherlands is the fifth favorite to win the entire World Cup, behind just Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and England.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off on Friday, June 11th with host nation South Africa facing Mexico and Uruguay battling France.
Below are the final standings of the Poker Player World Cup of Poker.
1.    Netherlands – Cue71 – $1,300
2.    South Korea – tandy26 – $875
3.    Spain – Mark Stuart (Poker Player magazine) – $500
4.    Serbia – Discipline10 – $300
5.    Ghana – mikerenwick – $200
6.    Ivory Coast – dhamilton333 – $150
7.    New Zealand – acehenry1 – $100
8.    Uruguay – neverfold2u – $75

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