Caesars Cup

Team America Wins 2011 Caesars Cup

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Phil Hellmuth kisses the Caesars Cup

The 2011 Caesars Cup is complete. After four different matches of play, Team America has won the battle and taken the cup back from the Europeans. It was only fitting that team captain Phil Hellmuth was the man to finally finish off Europe after he eliminated Max Lykov in the final match.

Team America jumped out to an early lead when Jason Mercier and Ben Lamb defeated Jake Cody and Tony G in the alternating match. After that, Hellmuth paired up with Negreanu to take on Gus Hansen and Lykov, but couldn't stretch the lead any further and Europe evened things up at one apiece.

In the third match, Johnny Chan beat Team Europe's captain Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier to take the overall lead again and put Team America just one win away from winning the entire thing. That's when Hellmuth chose himself to go against Lykov.

The match went back and forth, but in the end it was Hellmuth's {Q-Clubs}{10-Spades} that out ran Lykov's {K-Clubs}{9-Clubs} to win it all.

Team America, complete with Jason Mercier, Ben Lamb, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan and captain Phil Hellmuth were able to defeat Team Europe and win the title. For now, the cup has returned back across the pond and we'll have to wait until next time around to see if Europe can avenge their loss.