PokerStars Americas Cup Of Poker Descends Upon Atlantic City In June

Poker players from North and South America will head to Atlantic City this summer to battle it out at the 2016 Americas Cup of Poker, presented by PokerStars.

The Americas Cup of Poker, at a glance

The ACoP will be held for the eighth time in June, this time with the U.S playing host. Here are the details:

  • It will be held at Resorts Casino Hotel, PokerStars’ land-based partner for online poker.
  • The event will run from June 23 through June 27.
  • Teams of five players will represent 12 different regions from the Americas.
  • Players qualify online at PokerStars.

“The Americas Cup of Poker has been growing for the last seven years and this year will not be an exception. This year not only sees an improved structure and more tournaments, but also a great live final in New Jersey to wrap up all the action,” Andre Akkari, Team PokerStars Pro, said in a press release.

How to qualify for the Americas Cup in the U.S.

Online qualifying started on May 9 and will continue through June 6. You can qualify from anywhere PokerStars operates, including New Jersey for Team USA.

Team USA will be represented by the top two players from the PokerStars NJ Spring Championship of Online Poker — which starts on May 15 — and the ACoP Freeroll held on Sunday, May 29.

Members of Team USA automatically qualify for the Grand Final, which features $100,000 in prizes.

How to qualify for the Americas Cup everywhere else

Outside of the U.S., qualifiers will be determined by an America’s Cup of Poker leaderboard. PokerStars will run online qualifiers for four weeks with buy-ins as low as $0.11 and freerolls also taking place daily at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. EST.

The qualifiers in the rest of the Americas will play in one of three groups to try to reach the ACoP Grand Final.

  • Group 1: Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay
  • Group 2: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and a team from other Latin America countries
  • Group 3: Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela.

Argentina won last year’s ACoP.

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