Do you want to represent your country and get guidance from a talented Team Captain and his/her wingman in the 2017 WSOP Main Event?
In the latest 888poker WSOP promotion – the ‘8-Team’ – you can do exactly that and be a part of an elite 3-player national team.
You better do it quick though – this is the last week where you can qualify for the Main Event on 888poker and for your spot in one of the teams.
What are the ‘8-Teams?’
The 8-Teams are five teams of three players each that will represent their respective countries at the WSOP Main Event. The teams consist of a captain, a wingman and an online qualifier – which could be you!
The 5 countries represented are Germany, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain and Sweden, each headed by their 888poker ambassador team captains:
Dominik Nitsche – Germany
Bruno Politano – Brazil
Parker Talbot – Canada
Chris Moorman – Great Britain
Sofia Lövgren – Sweden
How Do I Get Picked?
To join the Team Captain in battle you’ll need to first qualify for the Main Event on 888poker and be from one of the five countries represented by the 8-teams.
You can play your way up through the 888 steps tournaments or take a shot at the $10 BLAST Sit-and-Gos where random WSOP Main Event prize packages will be awarded to winners.
The prize package is worth $12,500 and includes 4* accommodation and travel expenses in addition to the Main Event buy-in.
The last WSOP satellites on 888poker are also running this weekend. The last direct qualifier is next Sunday at 10.30 PM CET.
When all the satellites are over 888poker will determine the five players who’ll join the 8-Teams and go on the trip of their lifetimes. The names of the winners will be announced within the next eight days.
Who are the Wingmen?
In addition to the Team Captains there will be five wingmen that’ll play the main event but also will serve as advisors to the online qualifiers.
The wingmen were determined on Monday and now officially announced. They are:
Former football stars Mario Basler and Denilson
WSOP nemeses Griffin Benger and Will Kassouf
Poker world champion Martin Jacobson
Let’s take a quick look at the wingmen that’ll be there to support the online qualifiers.
Team Germany – Mario Basler
Basler recently had strong performances at the 888 events in Rozvadov and Barcelona. During his football career he played for Bayern Munich and collected 30 caps for the national team between 1994 and 1998. He was part of the team that won the Euro 1996 in England.
Team Brazil – Denilson
There are many superlatives when it comes to Brazilian football. Denilson was one of the players in what has often been called the best team there ever was – the Brazilian national team of the early 2000s. It doesn’t get any better than this. He also was the most expensive football player worldwide at the time.
Team Canada – Griffin Benger
One of two teams featuring a November Niner as wingman. Benger used to be a legend in Counter Strike before he moved to poker. Benger made the Main Event final table last year, eliminating Will Kassouf along the way, and won the Irish Open in March.
Team Great Britain – Will Kassouf
Will Kassouf transgresses the line between famous and infamous. He’ll drive you crazy at the table, but is a great guy away from it. He became famous during his deep Main Event run last year but has been around international festivals for years and shown good results.
Team Sweden – Martin Jacobson
If you have a November Niner as a wingman in your team, that’s luxury. If you have a former champion as a wingman, that’s decadence. Martin Jacobson, ladies and gentlemen, winner of the WSOP main event 2014, will be your advisor if you manage to get the spot in the Swedish team.
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