Following the Global Poker League Draft Day last month when the GPL teams were picked, five out of the twelve franchises have made their “wildcard” selections which finalizes their rosters.
The Rome Emperors, Paris Aviators, Moscow Wolverines and London Royals have all made their final selections. Each team manager has until the end of March to pick two wildcards to supplement their team.
Announcing his wildcard picks from sunny Malta, Team Manager Fabrice Soulier was the first to announce his selection two days ago. To supplement his team of Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier, Davidi Kitai, George Danzer and Mike Leah, Soulier himself will be playing along with Alex Lunaeu the french poker player, with Team Winamax.
Second up was Team Manager Anatoly Filatov, announcing his final team players from The Red Square in Moscow. He chose Ukrainian poker pro Igor Yaroshevsky along with picking himself. They will be joining Dzmitry Urbanovich, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Andrey Pateychuk and Sergey Lebedev.
The Rome Emperors
Next up was Max Pescatori announcing his wildcards from what looked like the races. He selected his “good friend” Todd Brunson, and like his fellow team managers, has decided to play himself. They will be joining Mustapha Kanit, Dario Sammartino, Timothy Adams and Walter Treccarichi.
From a wet and windy roof top in London, Team Manager Liv Boeree announced her final line up which will include fellow Brit Sam Trickett along with herself. They will be joining Igor Kurganov, Vanessa Selbst, Chris Moorman and Justin Bonomo to make up the rest of the team.
San Francisco Rush
Faraz Jaka, team manager for the San Francisco Rush, announced that he will be one of the wildcards, and the other will be Jonathan Jaffe.
The remaining teams and team managers left to announce their final line up are:
Berlin Bears — Philipp Gruissem
Hong Kong Stars — Celina Lin
Los Angeles Sunset — Maria Ho
Las Vegas Moneymakers — Chris Moneymaker
Montreal Nationals — Marc-Andre Ladouceur
New York Rounders — Bryn Kenney
Sao Paulo Metropolitans — Andre Akkari
The Global Poker League has been put together by Alex Dreyfus of the Global Poker Index, to sportify poker in 2016 by bringing a televised mainstream event to viewers all across the globe.
The GPL tournament begins on April 5 at 12:00 EST. We will be sure to tune in. For me it’s the London Royals all the way!