Get the 411 on The Global Poker League

The first season of the GPL kicks off this week, so here is a rundown of the essentials.

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After months of speculation, teasers and draft announcements, the schedule for the Global Poker League has finally been released.

After months of speculation, teasers and draft announcements, the schedule for the Global Poker League has finally been released.

The season kicks off April 5 at 12:00 eastern time when six of the teams will be facing off in the start of the GPL Regular Season.

The Hong Kong Stars, Moscow Wolverines, Berlin Bears, Paris Aviators, Rome Emperors and London Royals are first up, and all the coverage will be live streamed on GPL.TV channel on Twitch.

Brit Sam Grafton and Canadian Griffin Flush_Entity’ Benger will be talking you through it all as they become the faces of the GPL’s live stream.

How the Season Will Shape Up

The regular season features matches every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through September 16. In all, there will be 400+ hours of livestreamed GPL coverage.

The GPL will also host a special Summer Series that will take place in Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker. From June 6 through July 8, the GPL Summer Series will feature 33 days of Heads-Up battles filmed live on location in GPL’s Las Vegas Studio.

Dates for the GPL Playoffs have not yet been announced, but the Finals will take place November 22 – 23 in London at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Tickets for the first ever Global Poker League Championship go on sale in May.

Keeping Up With The Action

As well as matches being live streamed on GPL.TV and Twitch, you will be able to keep up with the action on outlets such as USA Today Sports, DouyuTV in China and Poker Central.

In an exciting move, it was announced that PokerStars.tv will be distributing all GPL broadcasts which will further increase the reach of the league to the millions of viewers who subscribe to their channel.

This is another great win for the man behind the GPL, Alex Dreyfus.

We can’t wait for the season to get going, we just know it’s going to be good! Who will you be rooting for?

What the final teams look like so far

The Americas

New York Rounders

Having recently announced their wildcards, as brother duo Bryn and Tyler Kenny (Bryn being the team captain) the team shapes up as follows:

Jason Mercier
Tom Marchese
Kevin MacPhee
Jason Wheeler
Tyler Kenney
Bryn Kenney – TM

Las Vegas Moneymakers

With Team Manager Chris Moneymaker choosing himself and Twitch Poker guru Scott Ball as wildcards, the final line up for the Las Vegas MoneyMakers is:

Anthony Zinno
Jonathan Duhamel
Jake Cody
Jonathan Little
Scott Ball
Chris Moneymaker – TM

LA Sunset

With Maria Ho yet to announce her wildcards there are still two places left on the LA Sunset team:

Fedor Holz
Olivier Busquet
Eugene Katchalov
Chance Kornuth
Wildcard – TBA
Wildcard – TBA

San Fransico Rush

Announcing last week that Jonathan Jaffe and team manager Faraz Jaka will be wildcards, the San Fransico Rush team is complete.

Phil Galfond
Tony Gregg
Kitty Kuo
Anton Wigg
Jonathan Jaffe
Faraz Jaka – TM

Sao Paulo Metropolitans

Team Manager André Akkari recently announced that Brazilian pros Felipe Mojave and João Bauer will be joining the Sao Paulo Mets team:

Darren Elias
Byron Kaverman
Thiago Nishijima
Joao Pires Simao
Felipe Mojave
João Bauer

Montreal Nationals

With Marc-Andre Ladouceur yet to announce his wildcard choices, two will be joining the line up:

Mike McDonald
Martin Jacobson
Pascal LeFrancois
Xuan Liu
Wildcard- TBA
Wildcard – TBA

Europe & Asia

Berlin Bears

Team Manager Philipp Gruissem breaks traditional by not picking himself as a wildcard, but businessman Bill Perkins and Daniel Cates join the team.

Brian Rast
Sorel Mizzi
Dominik Nitsche
Jeff Gross
Bill Perkins
Daniel Cates

Paris Aviators

With team manager Fabrice Soulier announcing his wild cards from Malta last week, the Paris Aviators line up is complete:

Bertrand Grospellier
Davidi Kitai
George Danzer
Mike Leah
Alexandre Luneau
Fabrice Soulier – TM

Moscow Wolverines

The fierce line up for the Moscow Wolverines following their final line up announcement from The Red Square is as follows:

Dzmitry Urbanovich
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
Andrey Pateychuk
Sergey Lebedev
Igor Yaroshevsky
Anatoly Filatov – TM

Rome Emperors

As announced last week, Max Pescatori and Todd Brunson join the rest of the Emperors to make the final lineup:

Mustapha Kanit
Dario Sammartino
Timothy Adams
Walter Treccarichi
Todd Brunson
Max Pescatori – TM

London Royals

The London Royals announced their wildcard picks last week with the final line up looking like this:

Igor Kurganov
Vanessa Selbst
Chris Moorman
Justin Bonomo
Sam Trickett
Liv Boeree – TM

Hong Kong Stars

With team manager Celina Lin yet to make her wildcard choices the rest of the Hong Kong Stars is as follows:

Weiyi Zhang
Raiden Kan
Dong Guo
Bryan Huang
Wildcard – TBA
Wildcard – TBA

April 04, 2016
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