Gone are the days where poker is viewed exclusively as a one-person game.
Dream Team Poker will host its second tournament — the first that is open to the public — at Caesars Palace March 27-29.
“The concept of team poker is not a revolutionary concept by any means,” said Daniel Delshad, CEO of Dream Team Gaming, the Beverly Hills company that produces Dream Team Poker. “But we’re creating a great atmosphere for people to play poker where before they might have been a little intimidated.”
Delshad said that he expects team poker to attract the more casual poker player to tournaments.
“Now they can come with their friends,” said Delshad. “They’re not going by themselves and feeling uncomfortable.”
Dream Team Poker’s events feature teams of three players competing in a multi-table tournament wherein the teams are judged and scored based on how all of their players finish. The organization debuted its first-of-a-kind tournament last November.
“The first event was such an incredible accomplishment,” said Delshad. “We are seeing a definite call for this game from the casinos and the players.”
While the November tournament, which took place at Hard Rock in Las Vegas, was considered to be a private event for the industry, the March event in Caesars will be open to the public.
Nearly a week before the event, tournament organizers have announced that 170 teams have registered, forcing the organization to stop registration since the room has reached capacity.
There will be a waiting list for players in the Caesars poker room on Wednesday, and Dream Team Poker will notify teams at 6 p.m. on Friday of their eligibility. To add your team to the waiting list, go to DreamTeamPoker.com.
More than 100 teams have already registered for the Caesars Palace event, including a number of star-studded trios including one squad featuring Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow, and Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Jerry Yang, Jamie Gold, and Tiffany Michelle are also expected to bring teams to the tournament.
The event is $550 per person (or $1,650 per team).
Delshad has great hopes for team poker, saying he anticipates that the new style will be played in casinos throughout the country.
“We’re going to be licensing out the game to the other casinos,” said Delshad. “We’re working with Harrah’s to get it to a significant amount of properties, but we want to be able to take Dream Team Poker to all casinos, not necessarily just Harrah’s or MGM properties.”
Kat Kowal, the director of business development for the company, explains all of the details on Card Player TV:
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