Betfair Caesars Cup begins

Betfair Caesars Cup begins

Friday, 25 September 2009

The Betfair Caesars Cup is moments away from starting here at the Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square as part of the World Series of Poker Europe. In a Ryder Cup-style event Daniel Negreanu has picked a team of Americas to face up against Annette Obrestad’s young guns of Europe.

The cameras and lights are in place, the audience are seated and the players are warming up in their athletic red and blue jackets with Americas and Europe stitched onto the back respectively.

By warming-up I am mainly referring to the psychological preparation necessary before the onslaught of sledging between each team. Afterall nobody likes to lose to America.

Negreanu has already started exercising his gob, directing a ‘beat that biatches’ to the opposition as Team Americas stood in pose for the television show’s opening sequence. Fireworks would be nice but a certain feeling inside makes me doubt that Team Americas have the fire inside to mount verbal warfare. There is a much more respectable feeling to the Americas team than the gang assembled by Obrestad.

45 gold bracelets between Team Americas:

Captain: Daniel Negreanu

Doyle Brunson
Phil Hellmuth
Huck Seed
Phil Ivey
John Juanda
Jenifer Harman
Barry Greenstein

Not so many between Team Europe but a force nonetheless

Captain: Annette Obrestad

Bertrand Grospellier
Peter Eastgate
Dario Minieri
Gus Hansen
Patrik Antonius
Llari Sahamies
John Harvey

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