Dream Team Poker & WSOP Set to Host World's Biggest Teams Event

Posted at 14:55 2009-05-20
World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Polack announced a late addition to the WSOP schedule earlier this week, signalling the recognition of the popularity of team-based poker events. From July 12 to 13, 2009, the WSOP, along with land-based casino gaming company Dream Team Gaming, will host a Dream Team Poker Event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

“After seeing the terrific response to the recent Dream Team Poker tournaments in Las Vegas, we thought a team-based event would be a fun addition to the end of the WSOP,” Pollack said in a recent press release. “The Dream Team Poker event is one of the many new elements added in 2009 that will help make this summer a memorable one for all WSOP players and fans.”

The patent-pending tournament structure of Dream Team Poker is unique, whereby teams of three players register and are seated as individuals. As team members are eliminated, they receive a score for their team based on the total number of players that have registered for the tournament. The lowest-scoring teams wins, receiving additional prize money as well as rewarding individual efforts.

With highly successful events already held over the last two years, attended by poker professionals, celebrities and amateur players alike, as well as the support and encouragement of Dream Team Poker to create the team spirit with personalised jerseys and logos, it is expected that the inaugural “WSOP Teams Event” will outsell the previously locked-out tournament at Caesar’s Palace.

The significance of this new event is certainly not lost on Dream Team Gaming, as CEO David Delshad explains: “The WSOP and the Rio have really shown their commitment to the players in continuing to innovate and try new concepts. Bringing our brand to the Rio during the WSOP and onto the most hollowed ground in the sport is a powerful way to introduce Dream Team Poker to the world.”

Further information about this tournament can be found at www.dreamteampoker.com, as well as a booth located outside the Amazon Room during the WSOP, with staff on hand to answer any questions players may have.

The buy-in for this event is USD$1,680 per team (USD$500+60 per player). The first 300 teams to pre-register via the Dream Team Poker website will receive personalized team jerseys to wear at the tournament.

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