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WSOP adds Dream Team Poker event
With two successful events under its belt, Dream Team Poker is hosting a third during the 2009 World Series of Poker.
"After seeing the terrific response to the recent Dream Team Poker tournaments in Las Vegas, we thought a team-based event would be a fun addition to the end of the WSOP," said Jeffrey Pollack, WSOP commissioner.
"The Dream Team Poker event is one of the many new elements added in 2009 that will help make this summer a memorable one for all WSOP players and fans."
Although it's not a bracelet event, the Dream Team tournament will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino July 12-13. It has a $560 buy-in per player, or $1,680 per team.
The first 300 teams to preregister on DreamTeamPoker.com will receive personalized jerseys for the tournament.
While relatively new to the poker scene, Dream Team Poker has found quick success with its events in Las Vegas. It hosted its inaugural event in November 2008 and followed that up with a successful event in March 2009.
The inaugural event was invitation only and sold out within weeks. Justin Bonomo, Eric Morris and Matthew Parvis made up the three-man team that won the first event while Jason Lilly from Team Flop was the individual winner.
The second event was open to the public and saw 148 teams fill the Caesars Palace poker room for another sold-out event.
Team Aced, led by Jamie Gold, took down the Caesars event. Danny Nelson playing on Team Bikerhaven.net was the individual winner.
Dream Team Poker has a patent-pending team-based tournament structure. Not only are participants playing for an individual prize, they're playing for points for their team to win.
"The WSOP and the Rio have really shown their commitment to the players in continuing to innovate and try new concepts," said Daniel Delshad, Dream Team Gaming CEO.
"Bringing our brand to the Rio during the WSOP and onto the most hallowed ground in the sport is a powerful way to introduce Dream Team Poker to the world."
Dream Team Poker will also have a booth outside of the Amazon Room throughout the World Series of Poker with staff on hand to answer questions about the tournament and to explain the rules and structure.