Jamie Gold has another title to add to his resume and just like his 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event win, he’s going to have to share the winnings. This time though, that was the point.
Team Aced, which included Gold, Ashley Nataupsky and Houston Waldie, walked away with the Dream Team Poker title and the $59,000 first place prize thanks to Nataupsky’s 4th place showing and Gold’s 9th place finish. Waldie busted on the first day of play but thanks to the unique Dream Team format he’ll still get to call himself a champion. Each three-person team is awarded points based on their overall finish and the team with the most points is declared tournament champion.
The individual winner was Danny Nelson who walked away with $13,000. A percentage of the prize pool is put aside for individual performances. Nelson, runner-up Philip Rousseaux and Gerald Percival agreed to a chop shortly after Nataupsky busted out.
The tournament was the first Dream Team event open to the public and the initial response gives every indication this version of team poker might be here to stay. A total of 148 teams (444 players) paid the $1,500 to enter the event putting the total prize pool at $222,000. Team’s were fighting for $133,200 of that prize pool while individuals were left to fight for $88,000.
Team Bluff, which won the inaugural event back in November, was unable to repeat as champions. Each team in the tournament was given the opportunity to choose a team name and players worse jerseys from their team. Tournament organizers took a poll from collected media on the most original team name and selected “6 Hands, 4 Nuts and a Rack” a team consisting of Jerry Yang, Kristy Gazes and Erik Aude.
Details on the next Dream Team Poker tournament are expected to be announced soon.