Play Team Poker Tournaments at Pokerspace
Poker has always been a game of individuals. Like chess, it was played by a single person with a single person winning, but that has now changed. Over the past three years, the online poker community Pokerspace has been hosting a team poker tournament competition called the Crew Cup. While the rest of the poker world is starting to take notice of team-based poker with the creation of the pro led World Team Poker tournament series, Pokerspace brings it to regular players online looking to score huge trips to Las Vegas.
How the Team-Based Crew Cup from Pokerspace Works
The Pokerspace Crew Cup team tournament series has given away Las Vegas trips, poker cruises, and thousands of dollars worth of online poker sponsorships. The Crew Cup is comprised of teams of six poker players called a “crew.” Each crew must qualify for the Crew Cup Finals to have a chance at winning the trip to Las Vegas and acts as a satellite tournament of sorts. These tournaments run every Sunday with the winning crew earning entry into the Crew Cup Finals.
In the past, the Crew Cup competition was rather complex with different leagues, 12 tournaments per month, and an intricate number of rules that governed those leagues. The people at Pokerspace made recent changes to the tournament structure that have made it easy for new Pokerspace members to jump in, qualify for the Finals, and get ready for their trip to Las Vegas. Now, every Sunday a Crew Cup Final Qualifier is played on UB.com with the winning crew earning the only entry into the Finals for that week. So, instead of one crew winning entry per month, at least four crews win entry into the Finals every month. There is also another tournament played at the same time as the Qualifier called a Practice Tournament (played on Absolute Poker) where crews could earn free entry into a Qualifier for the next week.
Once crews win a Crew Cup Finals Qualifier, they are one major step in the direction of Las Vegas. The final step in the road to the Las Vegas trip is winning the 4-day Crew Cup Finals. This might seem like a lot of games to play, but having four tournaments to accumulate the most Crew Cup points is the fairest way to prove which poker team is the very best and deserves to represent Pokerspace in live tournaments in Las Vegas.
Common Team Poker Strategies for the Pokerspace Crew Cup
Pokerspace is good enough to use updates throughout each Crew Cup tournaments so crews can use strategic play to ensure that they’re teammates either bide their time in the tournament to earn a few extra points or to enable a team member who is a deep stack to put direct pressure on the middle stack players and force others out. Good crews have a predetermined plan of attack where players will already know how to play without talking to one about (talking using instant messenger is against the rules). The crews that end up winning are those that plan and discuss the “what if” situations. Those that don’t plan are leaving a great deal of their success to pure luck.
The tight-aggressive play is one of the most used plans due to the ability to extend one’s time in the tournament without the risk of losing one’s entire stack. Loose-aggressive players that are becoming the norm in online poker can end a crew’s tournament life very quickly if used too often. The goal isn’t to have a team member win the entire tournament, it helps, but isn’t required. The goal is to have three members of the team place higher than any other three players in a crew. This means that even if your crew has the best player in the entire field, your crew could still end up coming in the last place.
Pokerspace is putting a new face on poker. Some online poker rooms come up with new poker games, Pokerspace has turned poker into the ultimate team sport that requires practice, plan, and excellent team of players. Winning a trip to Las Vegas should be more fun when you get a chance to share it with five friends helping you get there. It’s always nice to see the game of poker transforming into something different from time to time, and the Pokerspace Crew Cup is part of that evolution.