Phil Ivey has announced the Team Americas squad that will compete in the 2013 Caesars Cup that will take place during the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific, which is being held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.
Ivey named his squad, featuring some of the biggest names in poker, on his Facebook page on Friday.
“Proud to be World Series of Poker (WSOP) APAC Caesars Cup captain,” Ivey posted.
The 2013 Caesars Cup will be a three way battle with Team Americas taking on a European squad (led by Sam Trickett) and a hometown squad featuring some of the best players from Australia and the Pacific region that will be captained by Joe Hachem.
Hachem and Trickett are yet to name their squads for the event that will take place this Sunday.
The Caesars Cup is very similar to golf’s Ryder Cup with players doing battle to score points for their teams in a variety of different formats.
The first leg will be a team match with two players from each team pairing up and must alternate making decisions on his street of a every single hand.
The second leg will feature two players from each team doing battle in synchronized heads-up games with players having to share the same chip stack.
This format will make for some very interesting and possibly frank strategic discussions between teammates.
If the series is tied after these two legs and four players will take on members of the opposing teams in straight heads-up matches.
A number of the players taking part in the Caesars Cup are currently taking part in the $2,200 Mixed Event at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.
Ivey and Negreanu managed to advance to the second day of the event but Hellmuth and Hachem were eliminated on the opening day.
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