Sixty-four professional poker players met at the Venetian Resort Hotel Saturday for the "inaugural draft" to choose teams for the Professional Poker League (PPL). The PPL will be an invitation-only, made-for-TV poker series with players facing off against each other in eight teams.
The 64 players chosen for the PPL are some of the best tournament and cash game poker players in the world. For example, according to T.J. Cloutier and Dewey Tomko; Chip Reese and Eli Elezra; John Juanda and Erik Seidel; Barry Greenstein and Phil Ivey; Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Ted Forrest; Negreanu and Jennifer Harman; Mike Sexton and Cyndy Violette; and Doyle and Todd Brunson.
The draft was set up so that there were six pools of eight players for each team to choose from. During each round they were allowed to pick one player, and they could only pick one player from each pool of players.
According to Negreanu's blog, the draft resulted in the following teams:
Co-captains John Juanda and Erik Seidel
Co-captains Michael Gracz
Antanas "Tony G" Guoga
The tournament is scheduled to begin taping in January on a set with a 700 seat theater at the Venetian.