Americas Cup of Poker Final to be Hosted by Resorts Atlantic City
This week, PokerStars issued a press release to excitedly announce that the finals of the Americas Cup of Poker (ACP), a unique, fun hybrid online/live poker event that few people know about, will be hosted by the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. PokerStars has partnered with Resorts to offer online poker in New Jersey, so using it as the host venue was pretty much a given once it was determined the final would be in the United States.
The Americas Cup of Poker is a competition to determine the best poker-playing nation in North, Central, and South America. The United States, as host, is automatically put into the final, leaving a dozen countries to battle it out for the six remaining spots. Those finalists will be determined by a series of online tournaments which started this week. Two countries will emerge from each of the following three groups:
Group A: Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay
Group B: Brazil, Colombia, the Rest of Latin America, Ecuador
Group C: Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico Venezuela
Through May 29th, players from these countries (plus Latin American countries that are not listed, hence the inclusion of the catch-all team in Group B) can play in special daily and weekly tournaments with buy-ins that go only as high as $5.50. Similar to in other tournament series with leader boards, players will earn “rankings points” based in how they finish in the tourneys. The top 50 points earners from each of the twelve countries will move on to the next phase.
That second phase is a round-robin tournament event in which countries play against the other countries in their group. In these competitions, the 50 players from one country and the 50 from another will combine to play in a 100-player bounty tournament (no money involved). A player will earn a point for their team if they knock out another player. The team that nabs the most bounties earns 10 points for their team in the overall standings.
Every country will play three tournaments from May 30 through June 3. The two highest scoring countries from each group will advance to the Atlantic City finals. The five leading bounty hunters for each qualifying country will become the members of their national team.
The live final featuring the six qualifying teams plus the United States will take place June 23 through June 27. Each team is guaranteed prize money to split among its members, with $30,000 going to the winning team.
PokerStars has not explained how the finals will be structured, but last year players were seeded within their teams based on how well they did in the online rounds. They then played a series of Sit-and-Go’s; all number one seeds at one table, number twos at another, and so on down the line. Players earned points for their teams based on order of finish and the top four teams moved on to the next round.
The second round of the final was a short, four-team best-of-five heads-up bracket (one versus four, two versus three, seedings based on points earned the previous round). The winners of the first set of matches met up to determine who was the overall winner and who was the runner-up, while the two losing teams played for third and fourth place.
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