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Invite-Only Poker League Selects First Players

Tournaments, 2011-05-03, by Ozone

A new pro poker league called Federated Sports and Gaming (or "FS+G" or "Federated" for short) has established criteria for its invitations and selected 218 players to compete in its first tournaments. Each of the 218 players qualified for a five-year, three-year or two-year tournament card. The card determines how long each player can continue to be in the league without having his or her credentials reviewed.

Federated's league launches in August. Poker pro Mike McDonald said on Twitter, "Sweet, I got invited to the pro league- no rake, overlay, free flights/hotels and $100/day for 3 years of tournies."

The league's first tournaments will be held in August. A $1 million freeroll will be held in February for the top 27 ranked players. Jeffrey Pollack, the former commissioner of the WSOP who is the chairman of Federated, said that the most important part of making the league work was objectivity in roster selections. "There's a lot of young talent that's qualified to the league, and we look forward to putting a brighter spotlight on the new talent in professional poker," Pollack said.

Most of poker's top names appear on the 218 player list. The invitations were determined based on the following career earnings achievements:

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 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 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 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

Some notables who failed to qualify include Chris Moneymaker, Joe Cada, Joe Sebok, and Phil Galfond.

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