Dealing Out the American Dream?

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Lou Krieger, a celebrated author of books regarding the art of poker stated that, “I believe in poker the way I believe in the American Dream. Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and – when played well, nourishes the wallet.”

On May 19th at The Golden Nugget, nine Americans hoping to make that quote and the American dream a reality will join forces together as Team USA in the inaugural World Team Poker Event.

On April 5th, 2010 the roster for the prestigious event was announced and includes the monikers of some serious talent. Lead by Team Owner Phil Hellmuth Jr. and Team Captain Doyle Brunson, the American dream chasers will combine forces to battle some of the best players from competing nations.

Looking for pairs on the table? Well, there’s no doubt that team America will have at least one pair backing them up. The brother sister standout poker pair of Annie Duke and Howard Lederer are two of Team America’s all-stars. Duke, the double XX chromosome of the pair holds the title of the 2010 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Champion and also managed to walk away as the champion of the 2004 WSOP* Tournament of Champions. Lederer of course can’t let his sister show him up and has therefore banked over five million dollars in tournament winnings throughout his career. Lederer also holds 2 WSOP* bracelets.

Completing the team of good ol’ red white and blue are Allen Cunningham, Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, Chris Ferguson and Erik Seidel.

Even the young can go after the American Dream and Cunningham is a sure statement to that. Cunningham, at the age of only 33, has already managed to take home 5 WSOP* bracelets and ranks in the top ten on the all-time poker money list.

Ferguson is prized for his 2008 win of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship and the Main Event Winner in 2000. Ferguson brings a mathematical take to the game and is without question a strong element of Team USA.

Harman steps up to represent the all-American women and is the only woman who has consistently played and done well in the highest-stakes live game, running regularly at The Bellagio. Harman holds 2 WSOP* bracelets and has contributed to classic poker instruction books as well.

America has its comical characters as well, which team USA personifies through the inclusion of Mike “The Mouth” Matusow. Matusow is notorious for his table talk, which is typically pretty out-of-this-world and entertaining to say the least. Matusow was the champion of the 2005 WSOP* Tournament of Champions and holds 3 WSOP* bracelets.

The final member to complete Team USA is Erik Seidel. Sdidel was the champion of the World Poker Tour Foxwoods Championship and is included in the top five on the all-time poker money list. Seidel holds 8 WSOP* bracelets and is by no means a force to be taken lightly.

During the event, Team USA will face a number of International talents including China, Australia, Vietnam, England, Brazil and Greece. The World Team Poker Event will feature eight different countries, each of which will call forth five-man teams. The captains of the teams will be allowed to call for substitutions during the event, adding an extra element of suspense and team strategy.

Surely, an event not to be missed- only time will tell if Team USA can pull it off and bring home that American Dream.

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