The Americas Cup of Poker has returned to the largest poker site in the world, PokerStars. Qualify for your country and PokerStars will award you cash prizes and the opportunity to play at the live final in Iguazu Falls in South America. The promotion starts on March 15th and will end on April 14th, with players from nine countries competing: USA, Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, and Argentina.
Over the course of the four weeks of competition, players will log on and play online at PokerStars to determine which eight countries will participate in the live final. The Americas Cup of Poker is an event that sees qualifiers and Team PokerStars Pros compete for their countries to get to the live final and earn a share of a $150,000 prize pool. Players will start online, where they can win a place on their country’s team.
Players who do not belong to one of the nine countries listed are allowed to join the tenth team in the competition, known as “Rest of LATAM.” All ten countries will play against each other in three different levels of matches starting at freerolls, $0.10, and $1.10 buy-in tournaments. Points will be awarded to the top 100 finishers in each tournament. The country with the most number of points accumulated in each match will win. Players will be looking to score as many points as possible, as you’re not only playing for your country, but also for yourself. The four players who accumulate the most points will represent their country at the live final should their team make it.
When all of the matches are complete, the six countries with the most number of wins will automatically qualify for the live final. The remaining four teams will then play for the final two positions. PokerStars will keep an official “Country Rankings” page live for the competition so players can get updates for the latest national rankings. Currently, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico are all tied for first place after two matches, with each country boasting a 2-0 record. Peru, Chile, Venezuela, and Rest of LATAM are all at the bottom looking for their first wins.
Players can win tickets to the $0.10 tournaments by playing in freerolls that run around-the-clock during the Americas Cup of Poker promotion. You can find these by going into the PokerStars lobby, selecting “Tourney,” and then “Regional”.
All players finishing in the top 100 in each tournament will be awarded points for their country. The top six countries with the most number of wins at the qualifying stage will make it to the live final. Additionally, two more countries will win a place via the playoffs. The remaining two spots will be determined online from April 16th to 18th. The two best teams progressing from the playoffs will go to the live final at Iguazu Falls.
For the live final, each team will be made up of the four players who won the most number of points during qualification plus a member of Team PokerStars Pro. The eight finalist countries will then battle for their share of a $150,000 prize pool. All teams also receive funds for travel expenses and accommodation in Iguazu Falls to play before a live audience.
The live final event will be held from May 6th to 9th, but that date is subject to change. The final event will be filmed for television and players must be 18 or older to participate. Players can only participate in the qualifying tournaments for the country that their PokerStars account is registered to.
The Americas Cup of Poker is found exclusively at PokerStars, which is fully Mac OS X compatible.