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Hellmuth Unveils Team USA WTP Roster
11-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth unveiled the roster for World Team Poker’s Team USA at a press conference in Las Vegas Tuesday, handing his captain’s jersey to the legendary Doyle Brunson.
"If he accepts I'm going to give him the captain jersey because he deserves it, and I'll play the number two spot," Hellmuth said.
Brunson, himself a 10-time WSOP bracelet winner, gladly accepted and will join forces with Hellmuth at the World Team Poker's inaugural event in Las Vegas next month.
Hellmuth owns Team USA and was originally slated to be Team Captain.
Joining Hellmuth and Brunson on Team USA will be 2010 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Champion Annie Duke, her brother and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Howard Lederer, five-time WSOP bracelet winner Allen Cunningham, 2000 WSOP Main Event champ Chris Ferguson, high-stakes cash game pro Jennifer Harman, three-time WSOP bracelet winner Mike Matusow, and eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel.
World Team Poker squads competing against the USA will included China, co-captained by Johnny Chan and David Chiu, Australia, co-captained by Jeffrey Lisandro and Tony G, Israel, captained by Eli Elezra, Vietnam, captained by Men "The Master" Nguyen, England captain by Ben Roberts, Brazil, captained by Juliano Maesano, and Greece co-captained by George Kapalas and George Theofanopoulos.
The $50,000 one-day TV event will feature 40 of the world's top poker pros, representing eight different countries, on five-man teams.
It will be a five table shoot out format consisting of rounds of Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha and No-Limit Hold'em. The last two players from each shoot will compete in a final-table showdown. Team Captains can make substitutions throughout the event.
Set for May 19 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, viewers from around the world will be able to watch live streaming coverage of the event at www.worldteampoker.com.