What an incredible weekend!!! The Dream Team Event at Ceasar's Palace is sure to be an experience I will never forget.
On Friday I arrived late to the Friday night reception and the first person I see at the entrance was none other than Phil Hellmuth. From that moment on, I was consumed with the excitement of being in a room of top notch players, poker enthusiast, and friends. Once in the room, I glanced at the wall of Team Jerseys and found the "Poker Poison" attire for the event. It was quite a sight. (See the picture from the Dr. Pauly's blog) Yes, he was there too! His recent post captures the essence of the event much better than I could ever do. You must read.
Once I get a chance, I will load the some awesome pictures including one with Phil and another with Kristy Gaze.
Congratulations to my team mate Masih, we all call him Mas - as in "queto mas", who finished 10th in the event! You did great job hanging in there with the likes of Tom McEvoy at your table.
I have soooo much to write about from this event, but for now I'm just going to leave you with a recap from the press release....
Please find below a press release with the official results from this past weekend’s sold out Dream Team Poker event at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
Team Aced took down the team title and more than $59,000 with 2006 WSOP Champ Jamie Gold coming in 9th place and teammate Ashley Nataupsky taking 4th place. Danny Nelson of Team BikerHaven.net took home the individual prize of almost $24,000.
We have plenty of photos and a full list of team and individual cash prizes, if needed. Please contact me with any questions or for more information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TEAM ACED WINS FIRST PUBLIC DREAM TEAM POKER TOURNAMENT
Record Turnout Sells Out Caesars Palace Poker Room
BEVERLY HILLS, March 30, 2009 -- Team Aced won the first public Dream Team Poker tournament that featured a sold out field, big name poker pros, celebrities and a packed house. 148 teams totaling 444 players entered the event at Caesars Palace Las Vegas with a $222,000 total prize pool.
Team Aced, led by Ashley Nataupsky’s 4th place finish and Jamie Gold’s 9th place finish, and also included Houston Waldie, took home the first place team prize of $59,940 and the championship trophies.
“It’s the most fun you can have without $12 million on the line,” said Gold. “My WSOP bracelet is in a vault, but my Dream Team Poker trophy will be on my mantel for all to see.”
Danny Nelson, Team BikerHaven.net, who entered the day with $119,000 chips, was able to fight through the final 25 players to win the individual prize of $23,976. Nelson went heads-up with Philip Rousseaux (The Claddaghs) for 45 minutes before sucking Rousseaux in on the final hand. Both players limped into a 4-8-K rainbow flop. Nelson (K9) check-raised Rousseaux (J8), who responded by making the mistake of moving all-in. The 6-7 turn and river were of no help and the individual champion was crowned.
Rousseaux entered the day second in chips with $408,500 and battled his way through the final table as The Claddaghs were locked in an epic struggle against The Clones for second place in the team standings. Rousseaux’s runner-up finish secured The Claddaghs second place team win and netted the team a cool $33,300.
“We blew the doors off of Caesars this weekend,” said Dream Team Poker Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Delshad. “The entire poker room was packed and there was a level of excitement in the air that you don’t see at most tournaments. The tournament exceeded our expectations and we expect to see more like it at Caesars Palace in the future.”
The top 5 individual players were:
· Danny Nelson (Team BikerHaven.net) - $24,063
· Philip Rousseaux (Team Claddaghs) - $13,320
· Jerry Percival (Team Runner, Runner) - $7,922
· Ashley Nataupsky (Team Aced) –$ 6,666
· John Regis (Poker Masters) - $5,328
The top 5 team finishes were:
· Team Aced - $59,940
· The Claddaghs - $33,300
· The Clones - $15,984
· Party at the Mansion - $10,656
· Hellmuth Busters - $6,660
The $500+50 buy-in event drew professional poker and celebrity star power to the event, including 2007 WSOP Main Event champion Jerry Yang, 1983 WSOP Main Event champion Tom McEvoy and 2009 WSOP Main Event Final Table members Dennis Phillips, David Rheem and Kelly Kim. Other notable players include Justin Bonomo (returning November team champion with Team Bluff), Jason Lilly (returning November individual champion), Phil Hellumuth, Johnny Chan, Todd Brunson, Paul Wasicka, Mike Matusow, Erica Schoenberg, T.J. Cloutier, David Williams, and Tiffany Michelle. Actors Mekhi Phifer and Chris Masterson, NBA star Chris Mills and L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss also played in the first open Dream Team Poker event.
For more information on future Dream Team Poker events visit www.dreamteampoker.com.
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About Dream Team Gaming
Dream Team Poker is a new “team-based” structure and scoring system for tournament poker. Dream Team Poker’s patent-pending scoring system allows players to compete on an individual basis while getting scored as a team, giving each player better odds and chances to win money as they compete for individual and team prizes. Casinos benefit from Dream Team Poker’s structure as players have new incentives to stay at the property after busting out, resulting in longer hotel reservations, more meals eaten at casino restaurants, and general increase on property, which generates more side play revenue.
Founded in 2007, Dream Team Poker is growing rapidly and licensing its tournament structure to many of the nation’s largest and popular casinos. It is the first gaming product developed by Dream Team Gaming, a privately held company headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA. For more information, please visit www.dreamteampoker.com
Stay tuned for more of the story and fantastic pictures!!!!!!!! In the meantime, check these out.
One more must read. Go to Poker Listings site for pictures of the final table players, recaps of busting hands, and just an good historical write-up of the event.
If you are looking for an opportunity to play with some of the best poker players in the World for a relatively small buy-in then the Dream Team Event should be on your list of events to play. The experience was all that I hoped for and more. Dream Team Poker Rocks!