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Annie Duke Poker League Roster Announced

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While a number of poker players are skeptical as to whether the professional-only poker league that is the brainchild of Annie Duke and Jeffrey Pollack, and is being backed by Federated Sports + Gaming, will even get off the ground, the league itself is slowly but surely moving forward with its plans for an August launch at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.

Today the league –which is still unnamed, and still without a TV deal—announced both the 218 players that made the cut, as well as the criteria they used in determining the players who would be eligible.

Overall, there were very few “snubs” with most pointing to Phil Laak, Liv Boeree, and former WSOP Champs like Jonathan Duhamel, Joe Cada, and Chris Moneymaker as the most notable players who missed the cut –Laak just barely misses qualifying based on the 2-Year (B) criteria detailed below, but he still has until August to qualify.

Here is a look at the criteria used:

5-Year Card

  • At least $4.0 million in adjusted lifetime earnings, with the single largest win capped at $2.0 million
  • At least 3 major lifetime titles
  • At least 9 cashes since January 1, 2008, for a total of at least $600,000 won

3-Year Card

  • At least $2.5 million in adjusted lifetime earnings, with the single largest win capped at $1.5 million
  • At least 1 major lifetime title
  • At least 9 cashes since January 1, 2008, for a total of at least $500,000 won

2-Year Card Category A

  • At least $2 million in adjusted lifetime earnings, with the single largest win capped at $1 million
  • At least 1 major lifetime title
  • At least 6 cashes since January 1, 2008, for a total of at least $300,000 won

2-Year Card Category B

  • At least $1.25 million in adjusted lifetime earnings, with the single largest win capped at $750,000
  • At least 9 cashes since January 1, 2008, for a total of $600,000 won

There are a number of stipulations involved with the process including what tournaments are considered “majors”, as well as the minimum buy-in and number of entrants a tournament must have to even be considered, all of which can be found at the Federated Sports and Gaming website.

Overall, the FS+G Poker League doled out the following “Tour Cards”:

  • 27 Five-Year Tour Cards
  • 55 Three-Year Tour Cards
  • 36 Two-Year (A) Tour Cards
  • 100 Two-Year (B) Tour Cards

You can find the complete list of eligible players at the FS+G website as well.

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Written by Steve Ruddock on May 4th, 2011

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