Hearthstone-poker crossover tournament announced

With eSports, crossovers between any two disciplines are proving possible as poker and Hearthstone pro players challenge each other in a Swiss tournament format.

Worlds Collide was announced by presenters Amazon Coins and Poker Central. The tournament will pit three poker pros and three elite Hearthstone players in both games in a one-day event.

Among the ranks of the poker pros are Maria Ho and Doug Polk.

Ho has earned more than $2.6 million in tournaments and dozens of top-level appearances, while Polk is considered the world’s best no-limit Hold ‘Em player. Polk had also taken part in a different Twitch event last year, beating a Carnegie Melon artificial intelligence over 20,000 hands of poker.

In the Hearthstone camp, one of the game’s top streamers, Jason “Amaz” Chan, will line up alongside Team Liquid’s David “Dog” Caero and Esteban “AKAWonder” Serrano, who recently qualified for the Hearthstone Championship Tour Spring Championship.

The game comes at a time when there are a lot of poker players who are getting into Hearthstone, and vice versa. France’s Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier, a poker pro with poker winnings over $10 million became the first player to be sponsored in both disciplines, competing under the banners of PokerStars and Team Liquid.

Meanwhile, German PokerStars player George Danzer founded the Flow Esports organisation in March, bringing together a group of young poker and Hearthstone players including 100in10 Arena Challenge winner Tobias “TwoBiers” Graap.

Despite being a traditional game poker has also grown in popularity in Twitch, with events such as Global Poker League attempting to introducing eSports-style competition and live streams.

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