America bests Europe to claim Caesars Cup title

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Oct 20, 2011 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

In 2009 the Annette Obrestad led Team Europe dismantled the American Team captained by Daniel Negreanu at the inaugural Caesars Cup; a Rider Cup-esque series of matches pitting Europeans vs. Americans (including Canada). It took two years for the Caesars Cup match to return, and this time around the American team put together by Phil Hellmuth was able to revenge their 2009 loss.

After a lot of last minute roster changes, the final squads shook out in the following way:

* Team America – Phil Hellmuth (captain), Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Ben Lamb, and Jason Mercier

* Team Europe – Bertrand “ElkY” Grosspellier, Jake Cody, Max Lykov, Gus Hansen, and Tony G

Unfortunately for Team Europe (which replaced Dario Minieri the day before the tournament began with Tony G) both Tony G and Jake Cody were both still alive and kicking in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event, and were unlikely to participate in the Caesars Cup –Tony G busted fairly early and did play for Team Europe, while Cody went on to make the final table, but also took part in the Caesars Cup.

Here is a look at how the individual matches played out:

Match 1: Team play where two players alternated on each betting round

Team America: Jason Mercier and Ben Lamb DEFEATED Team Europe: Tony G and Jake Cody

Match 2: Team play where two players alternated playing each hand

Team Europe: Max Lykov and Gus Hansen DEFEATED Team America: Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth

Match 3: Heads-up Match

Team America’s Johnny Chan DEFEATED Team Europe’s Bertrand Grosspellier

Match 4: Heads-up Match

Team America’s Phil Hellmuth DEFEATED Team Europe’s Max Lykov

*TEAM AMERICA wins 3 matches to 1 match*

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