Teams Recruit Pro Players For PokerBowl

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On October 20th, 25 U.S. cities will 6-player teams to Las Vegas to compete in the PokerBowl. Several pro players have recently joined the competition, including poker legend Doyle Brunson. The event is set to air on Fox Sports in early 2008.

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We've all heard the question before, is poker a sport? An answer to that question may well be on its way in the form of the PokerBowl ( Attempting to emulate other sports leagues, such as the NFL, NBA and MLB, the PokerBowl is a competition organized by the U.S. Poker League in which 25 U.S. cities will compete for a national title. And with the event set to kick off on October 20th, 2007 in Las Vegas, many cities are scrambling to fill their rosters with the best talent that poker has to offer.

Some have already secured local pros willing to represent their hometowns. Lee Watkinson will play for Seattle, T.J. Cloutier for Dallas and Paul Darden jr. for Boston. Other teams have made chemistry a priority, rounding up players that know each other well. Full Tilt pros Clonie Gowen and Chris Ferguson with play for Houston alongside 2006 WSOP 3rd place finisher Michael Binger. Meanwhile, Phil Laak and Jennifer Tilly feel confident representing host city Las Vegas with pals Antonio Esfandiari and Danny Masterson.

Although 'poker rankings' have yet to be established, one team likely to top such a list would be the "Denver High Rollers." With solid players Paul Wasicka, Chad Brown and Vanessa Rousso already on board, the team recently added father and son powerhouse, poker legend Doyle Brunson and his son Todd.

As the event nears, many questions still linger. How will team-poker fare in the primarily player-independent game of poker? What strategies will teams employ and to what degree will team chemistry be a factor? With the PokerBowl set to air on Fox Sports beginning in early 2008, these questions will soon be answered.

More Information at

U.S. Poker League
Phone: 1.866.946.9005
4204 S. 247th St.
Fax: 253.946.9005
Kent, WA 98032


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