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Leah Flies for Aviators in Week 5 of GPL Action
The Global Poker Index completed the fifth week of its first season, and the performances are really beginning to make a difference in the overall standings. Players know that each point earned is a boost for his or her team, and they take it as seriously as that warrants.
While there are still a few players who have yet to appear on the GPL tables – ahem, actor Aaron Paul! – most of them are getting a feel for the tables and even the webcams. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday is jammed full of solid poker play, and fans are tuning in to enjoy and take notes.
Day 13 (May 3): Rounders and Wolverines top divisions 
Lineup: Two six-max Eurasia tournaments, two six-max Americas tournaments.  
Team Manager Liv Boeree of the London Royals and Mike Leah of the Paris Aviators each notched a win and a fifth place finish in the games. The player who did the best in both games was Igor Yaroshevsky of the Moscow Wolverines, who grabbed third place in the first game and then second place in the second. Todd Brunson of the Rome Emperors took a second and fourth place, while Bill Perkins of the Berlin Bears and Bryan Huang of the Hong Kong Stars struggled, each exiting first in a game for no points and garnering just a few points in the other game.
The Wolverines climbed into first position in the Eurasia Conference, but the Aviators were close behind and trailed by only two points. The Emperors remained in sixth place with 35 points.
Tyler Kenney of the New York Rounders had another phenomenal day, taking a win in the second game and third in the first. Tony Gregg of the San Francisco Rush claimed a much-needed victory for his team but finished fourth in the second game. Felipe Mojave Ramos of the Sao Paulo Mets gained as many points as Kenney, though, by finishing second in both games. Chance Kornuth of the LA Sunset was partying at the European Poker Awards and binked fourth and sixth place finishes, while team manager Marc Andre Ladouceur of the Montreal Nationals took fifth and sixth place for one total point. Chris Moneymaker played one game for his Las Vegas Moneymakers and finished fifth, and Jonathan Little stepped in for the second game and took third.
The Rounders took a comfortable seat in first place of the Americas Conference, a clear seven points ahead of the Mets. The Las Vegas Moneymakers remained in last place for another day.
Day 14 (May 4): Leah puts Aviators back in first place 
Lineup: Three heads-up matches, three games per match for Eurasian teams.  
Rome Emperors team manager Max Pescatori stepped in to show his team how it’s done, and he took two of the three games of this match from Weiyi Zhang of the Hong Kong Stars. Pescatori was aggressive and started all of the three games in the lead, but Zhang doubled to make a comeback in the third game. Though the two went back and forth, Zhang doubled again and went from a chip and a chair to victory to save himself from a sweep. The Emperors garnered six much-needed points, though.
Bill Perkins was anxious to play for his Berlin Bears, as was Igor Kurganov for his London Royals. The two got off to a roller-coaster start, but Kurganov came back to win the first game. Nothing went Perkins’ way in the second game, and Kurganov captured another three points. Perkins started the third game strong, though, and Kurganov did fight back but couldn’t fend off Perkins, who gladly took three points and avoided a sweep.
The always-entertaining team manager Anatoly Filatov was up for the challenge of playing Mike Leah of the Paris Aviators, and the two battled hard. Leah won a big flip in the first game and went on to win, and despite getting caught in a bluff in the second game, Leah won that one as well. Filatov quickly got to work on the third game, though, and won that one in just 13 hands.  
Day 15 (May 5): Busquet pushes Sunset up again 
Lineup: Three heads-up matches, three games per match for Americas teams.  
Thiago Nishijima of the Sao Paulo Mets had another good week, this time at dismay of Tom Marchese and the New York Rounders. Marchese’s bluffs weren’t good enough for a win in the first game, and a mistake allowed Nishijima to capitalize and win it. Marchese did win the second game by slow-playing aces, but Nishijima played a very aggressive third game. Despite Marchese on the comeback with quad queens, Nishijima stayed strong and took six of the nine available points.
Olivier Busquet was once again up for the LA Sunset, and his challenger was Marc Andre Ladouceur, team manager of the Montreal Nationals. And it was Ladouceur who bluffed into the lead and claimed the first victory of the match. Ladouceur looked strong in the second as well, but Busquet came from behind, doubled into a massive lead, and took the game. Busquet did nearly the same in the third game, doubling into the lead, losing it, and doubling back to take it home for six points. 
Jonathan Little sat in for Jake Cody of the Las Vegas Moneymakers, and Kitty Kuo was in for the San Francisco Rush. She fought hard in the first game and doubled to make it a tough game, but Little doubled back and soared to victory. Little didn’t falter in the second game and took a quick win, but Kuo started the third game with a straight flush to take the lead. Kuo stayed strong and captured the third game to prevent the sweep.
Week 5 Final Standings
Eurasia Conference: 

  1. Paris Aviators: 65 points
  2. Moscow Wolverines: 64 points
  3. Hong Kong Stars: 51 points
  4. London Royals: 49 points
  5. Berlin Bears: 45 points
  6. Rome Emperors: 41 points
Americas Conference:
  1. New York Rounders: 59 points
  2. Sao Paulo Mets: 55 points
  3. LA Sunset: 51 points
  4. Montreal Nationals: 51 points
  5. San Francisco Rush: 49 points
  6. Las Vegas Moneymakers: 47 points


Will the GPL Cause Webcam Online Poker Play to Take Off?

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Recently the Global Poker League (GPL) debuted in style, with teams of the best players from across the world going head-to-head with one another. The action is live streamed on Twitch, thus “sportifying” the game we all know and love and shifting it to more of a fan-based experience. The style and format of the games are interesting, but among the things that stick out, specifically about the heads-up matches, is how informative and fun it is to watch the players react and comment on webcam.
In particular, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates of the Berlin Bears epitomized the incredible potential that comes with webcam poker play. He was funny and entertaining, while at the same time providing some great and informative insights into his play.
I was wondering, though, if the surge of interest the GPL has created might finally popularize webcam online poker play? Considering that the GPL is still in its infancy, that’s anyone’s guess. Yet, it might just be a first step.

What Are the Benefits of Using Webcams for Online Poker?

On the surface it would seem as though webcams and online poker are destined to go hand-in-hand. Being able to see your opponent by definition lets you gauge their reactions, look for ‘tells’, and read their faces. Naturally, it also adds a social aspect to playing, as you’re interacting with actual people – just like in a home game or live poker room – as opposed to faceless entities.
Some online casinos, such as Paddy Power, have incorporated webcams into their casino games so that players can interact with the dealer – and that move has been highly successful, with millions of players enjoying live casino games online.
Poker operators stand to benefit from webcam online poker, as it helps them clamp down on (or altogether eliminate) bots and catch multi-accounters. Of course, increased online poker security is always a good thing.

Why Are Webcams Unpopular in Online Poker?

Despite the aforementioned benefits, webcam online poker remains relatively unpopular. Quite a few online poker operators have tried it out in the past, and the reactions have varied from being mixed to overwhelmingly negative.
The reason for this is simple: It tends to come off as an invasion of privacy. In general, online poker players are accustomed to being able to play while wearing (or not wearing) whatever they want, as well as eating, drinking, or doing anything else they please. Requiring a webcam to play pretty much puts an end to most of that, and people cherish their freedom.

Can the GPL Change the Prevailing Attitude to Webcams?

Webcams make online poker that much more “real”
In my opinion, as entertaining as the GPL’s debut has been, it probably isn’t going to cause a paradigm shift. In fact, it is unlikely to alter the opinions of the online poker players who are already steadfast in their opposition to it in the first place. People are pretty darn resistant to change; poker players in particular.
With that said, what the GPL may be able to do is begin to popularize online webcam poker play to poker players who haven’t yet played online, who’d still be open to using webcams. Broadcasting the heads-up matches to a growing audience may make attractive to new players the idea of playing online poker heads up with a webcam, especially if promoted and marketed by the commentators.

What Needs to Be Done to Popularize Webcam Poker?

Beyond the GPL though, it would take a much more concerted effort by the major online poker operators to truly popularize webcam poker. More innovative events that incorporate webcam play would be required, and live streaming the final tables of these events on Twitch would be a positive step too.
There seems to be a lot of effort being invested these days in trying to innovate in poker and make the game more fun. I think that the only real way for webcam poker to catch on is if it’s marketed to the home game crowd. In other words, when you and your buddies can’t necessarily get together in person to play, you’d still be able to log in from anywhere in the world and see each other seated around the virtual table. Now THAT’S something I’d love to try!

Format & Regular Season Point Structures
[Global Poker League Table]
Online 6-Max Structure
Online / Summer Series Heads-Up Structure
Regular Season Points Structure
Home vs. Away Teams (in HU and in 6-Max) – Rules

Online 6-Max Structure

Game Clock: 13 minutes per player with no time bank per Sit-N-Go.

Hot Seat: If a player reaches 0 seconds on their game clock they are put into ‘Hot Seat’ mode – they will have 2 seconds to make each of their actions during any street/ betting round. If they do not act in their allotted 2 second timeframe – they automatically fold/ pass on their action.

Time re-distribution: When a player busts from 6-Max play – the remaining time left in their game clock is distributed evenly to all remaining players’ game clocks.

Game Type: NLHE

Starting Stack: 25,000 Chips

Small Blind Big Blind Ante Time
100 200 25 8 min.
150 300 30 8 min.
200 400 50 8 min.
300 600 75 8 min.
400 800 100 8 min.
600 1,200 150 8 min.
800 1,600 200 8 min.
1,000 2,000 250 8 min.
1,200 2,400 300 8 min.
1,500 3,000 400 8 min.
2,000 4,000 500 Until match end.


Online / Summer Series Heads-Up Structure

Game Clock: 18 minutes per player with no time bank.

Hot Seat: If a player reaches 0 seconds on their game clock they are put into ‘Hot Seat’ mode – they will have 2 seconds to make each of their actions during any street/ betting round. If they do not act in their allotted 2 second timeframe – they automatically fold/ pass on their action.

Game Type: NLHE

Starting Stack: 50,000 Chips

Small Blind Big Blind Ante Time
200 400 40 4 min.
300 600 60 4 min.
400 800 80 4 min.
500 1,000 100 4 min.
600 1,200 120 4 min.
800 1,600 160 4 min.
1,000 2,000 200 4 min.
1,200 2,400 240 4 min.
1,400 2,800 280 4 min.
1,600 3,200 320 4 min.
2,000 4,000 400 Until match end.

Regular Season Points Structure

Online 6-Max Matches

Per match (2x matches per week – tuesday)

1st – 7 pts.
2nd – 5 pts.
3rd – 3 pts.
4th – 2 pts.
5th – 1 pts.
6th – 0 pts.

Online & Live (Studio) Heads Up Matches

3 games per match (all 3 games played) –

3 pts. per game won
0 pts. per game lost

9 pts. total possible for a 3 – 0 win

Live Heads Up Matches – Would follow the same pts. & game structure as normal weekly HU matches.

Home vs. Away Teams (in HU and in 6-Max) – Rules

Online 6-Max: One team from each conference, each week, will be designated as the “Home” team for that week’s 6-Max matches. This is to create a more fun dynamic and allow teams to take a more strategic approach towards submitting players for their week.

The ‘Home Field’ Advantage: For each conference – first, the 5 ‘Away’ teams submit their player choices blind to the GPL (i.e. they will not know which players other managers chose to represent their teams), meanwhile the ‘Home’ team will be allowed to review this lineup, before submitting their own final team representative to compete in that week’s 6-Max matches.

Full list of home teams by week – each GPL team will spend 2 weeks total during the regular GPL season as the “Home” team for 6-max play – ‘Home’ teams by conference are listed below (order chosen randomly):

Reg. Season Week GPL Americas – Home Team GPL Eurasia – Home Team
Week 1                     LA Sunset                                   MSK Wolverines
Week 2                     LV Moneymakers                       BRN Bears
Week 3                     SP Metropolitans                       LDN Royals
Week 4                     NYC Rounders                           RME Emperors
Week 5                     MTL Nationals                            HK Stars
Week 6                     SF Rush                                      PRS Aviators
Week 7                     LA Sunset                                   MSK Wolverines
Week 8                     LV Moneymakers                       BRN Bears

Summer Series / WSOP

Week 9                      SP Metropolitans                      LDN Royals
Week 10                    NYC Rounders                          RME Emperors
Week 11                    Montreal Nationals                   HK Stars
Week 12                   SF Rush                                     PRS Aviators


Heads-Up (both online and during the Summer Series):

On each Head-Up competition day (Wednesdays and Thursdays) all heads-up competitions will feature a “Home” team and an “Away” team. The teams which are home vs. away for any given HU match are marked on the GPL Season 1 schedule. For example – if the match is:

– Hong Kong @ Moscow –

The Away Team – is Hong Kong Stars

The Home Team – is Moscow Wolverines

The ‘Home Field’ Advantage: For each Heads-Up match – First the Away team submits their team representative, after which the Home team is allowed to review their opponent’s submission and choose the player they’d like to play against them.


The inaugural season of the Global Poker League (GPL) kicks off April 5-7 with its first live matches taking place on Tuesday 5th April, livestreamed on GPL.TV and Twitch. Over the course of the next six months, 12 franchise teams will go head-to-head throughout season, culminating in a live Playoff event in North America, before heading to Wembley for the first ever GPL Finals on 22-23rd November 2016.

Inspired by initiatives developed by the likes of the NBA, eSports and the UFC, the GPL is attempting to bring together a fragmented audience of 100 million worldwide poker fans via 400+ hours of livestreamed content throughout the regular GPL season.

Season 1 of the Global Poker League will be broken down into 4 different phases:

The GPL Regular Season: 5th April 2016 – 22nd September 2016 – Three match days per week every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All livestreamed and following an esports broadcast format with competitive online matches on GPL’s own game platform.

The GPL Summer Series: 6th June 2016 – 8th July 2016 – 33 Days of daily Heads-Up battles filmed live on location in GPL’s Las Vegas Studio.

The GPL Playoffs: (Dates TBA) – The Global Poker League’s ‘Final 8’ – play down for four places in the GPL Finals.

The GPL Finals: 22nd-23rd November 2016 – Live from London at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where the first ever Global Poker League Champion will be crowned.

Full schedule for Season 1 of the GPL is available at:
The GPL aims to shake up poker, with an innovative new approach to the game. There are no buy-ins with the players paid to play, the live matches feature players on their feet in The Cube (the League’s signature arena is 20 ft. wide and made of glass) with the focus on fast-paced play and fan entertainment.

While the bulk of the Global Poker League’s content distribution will be via GPL.TV and its own mobile applications (set to be launched during the summer of 2016) Mediarex Sports & Entertainment, GPL’s parent company, has built an extensive distribution network distribution to ensure maximum exposure for the league across outlets such as USA Today Sports,, DouyuTV in China and PokerCentral among many others. GPL is gearing up to increase its strategic partnerships after the launch of the league locally and globally, including simultaneous multi-lingual livestreams.

Global Poker League President Alex Dreyfus notes, “While there is a huge existing fan base for poker, it is largely fragmented because of the isolated nature of existing poker initiatives. GPL has an aggressive vision to build new storylines and narratives to engage poker fans with the poker stars playing in the league.”

Mediarex chose London as the Global Poker League Finals location in part due to its connection to the region – specifically, the largest poker database in the world, which was initially born from the UK poker community. As a cosmopolitan city it also boasts a diverse population capable of representing all 12 of the global regions where GPL franchises are located.

“London, gives us the opportunity to build a fully immersive, interactive experience for the GPL Finals thanks to its regulated online sports betting environment. We are going to connect fans with one another as well as the GPL players at a leading entertainment venue. The experience is more than just ‘sit and watch’ – its full engagement.”Dreyfus commented.

Poker star and London Royals manager Liv Boeree added, “[The SSE Arena], Wembley has so many great memories for me with all the gigs I’ve seen there, so I’m absolutely chuffed that poker’s first esports spectator event will be hosted at this awesome venue!”

GPL matches and events will be hosted on weekdays so as to not compete with other large sports or esports broadcasts. The goal is audience building, fan engagement and media support – shifting poker from a player experience to a fan experience, a strategy which should open up interesting opportunities for sponsors, sports betting operators and other league partners.

Tickets for the GPL Finals will go on sale in May, with sales dates to be announced in the near future.

For more information about the Global Poker League 2016 Finals:

Results of the Inaugual Global Poker League Draft
(held Fevruary 25, 2016 at tthe SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills)

Rome Emperors: Manager Max Pescatori

1. Mustapha Kanit (Alessandria, ITA)

24. Dario Sammartino (Naples, ITA)

25. Timothy Adams (Toronto, CAN)

48. Walter Treccarichi (Catania, ITA)

Montreal Nationals: Manager Marc-Andre Ladouceur

2. Mike McDonald (Waterloo, CAN)

23. Martin Jacobson (London, ENG via Stockholm)

26. Pascal Lefrancois (Montreal, CAN)

47. Xuan Liu (Toronto, CAN)

New York Rounders: Manager Bryn Kenney

3. Jason Mercier (Davie, FL)

22. Tom Marchese Las Vegas, NV via NJ)

27. Kevin MacPhee (Coeur D;Alene, ID)

46. Jason Wheeler (Chicago, IL)

San Francisco Rush: Manager Faraz Jaka

4. Phil Galfond (New York, NY)

21. Anthony Gregg (Washington, DC)

28. Kitty Kuo (Taipei, TAI)

45. Anton Wigg (Stockholm, SWE)

Las Vegas Moneymakers: Manager Chris Moneymaker

5. Anthony Zinno (Boston, MA)

20. Jonathan Duhamel (Boucherville, CAN)

29. Jake Cody (Leeds, UK)

44. Jonathan Little (New York, NY)

Sao Paulo Metropolitans: Manager Andre Akkari

6. Darren Elias (Philadelphia, PA)

19. Byron Kaverman (San Diego, CA via OH)

30. Thiago Nishijima (Sao Paulo, BRA)

43. Joao Pires Simao (Brasil, BRA)

London Royals: Manager Liv Boeree

7. Igor Kurganov (London, ENG via RUS)

18. Vanessa Selbst (New York, NY)

31. Chris Moorman (London, ENG)

42. Justin Bonomo (Toronto, CAN via Fairfax, VA)

Moscow Wolverines: Manager Anatoly Filatov

8. Dzmitry Urbanovich (POL)

17. Vladimir Troyanovskiy (St, Petersburg, RUS)

32. Andrey Pateychuk (Moscow, RUS)

41. Sergey Lebedev (Troitsk, RUS)

Los Angeles Sunset: Manager Maria Ho

9. Fedor Holz (Vienna, AUS via Germany)

16. Olivier Busquet (New York, NY)

33. Eugene Katchalov (New York, NY via Ukraine)

40. Chance Kornuth (Ft. Lauderdale, FL via Denver)

Berlin Bears: Manager Philipp Gruissem

10. Brian Rast (Las Vegas, NV via Poway, CA)

15. Sorel Mizzi (Las Vegas, NV via Toronto)

34. Dominik Nitsche (Lodon, ENG via GER)

39. Jeff Gross (Baltimre, MD via Ann Arbor)

Paris Aviators: Manager Fabrice Soulier

11. Bertrand Grospellier (London, ENG via FRA)

14. Davidi Kitai (Brussels, BEL)

35. George Danzer (Sakzburg, AUS via Germany)

38. Mike Leah (Toronto, CAN)

Hong Kong Stars: Manager Celina Lin

12. WeiYi Zhang (CHINA)

13. Raiden Kan

36. Dong Guo (Vancouver, VAN via Beijing)

37. Bryan Huang (Singapore)

3 Reasons You Should Care About the Global Poker League‎

Monday, ‎February ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎9:46:30 AM | Bradley Chalupski 

On February 25, 2016, poker was changed forever. If you are as big a fan of the game as I am, you should make a point to be a part of it.

On the surface of it, the inaugural GPL draft is just the latest attempt at making poker “cool” again with the younger crowd.  But the actual meaning runs much deeper; it’s the date that Alex Dreyfus will step up for the community and bankroll the proposition that poker is much more than just picking numbers in roulette.

The question of whether poker can be a profitable business endeavor beyond collecting rake will finally be answered once and for all. And make no mistake – this opportunity won’t happen again. The sheer amount of money Alex Dreyfus has poured into the GPL all but guarantees that.

That’s why the time is now for every fan of the game to get out there and support the project. You can tune in on Twitch, talk it up to friends, and pass the news along on social media. Let everyone know poker is going mainstream.

But if you still aren’t convinced, here are the top 3 reasons why you should care about the inaugural GPL draft and help it to be a success.

GPL Speaks to a New Audience

[Global Poker League] Poker has definitely come a long way from the smoke filled rooms it once thrived in. Today, the fact that many do consider it to be a skill game has given it a cultural legitimacy it didn’t enjoy a decade ago. But ironically, it had the consequence of setting a ceiling to its cultural appeal.

GPL will try to break through this barrier by highlighting the entertainment aspect of poker. In seeking a middle ground between amateurs getting big paydays and sharks playing for half-million dollar pots, it’s target audience is the casual fan of compelling content.

This is new ground for poker. If it’s successful, the game could see a fundamental shift in how it is viewed. Although it will always be considered a game with aspects of gambling, I could see a scenario where different “forms” of poker are considered to exist – one gambling, and one “sporting”.

Legitimacy for Poker = Growth

The enthusiasm that accompanies anything “sporty” could create the conditions for new legitimacy. At base, the big idea behind the GPI and GPL – and even HoldemX – in the first place is to turn poker into a sport. Many of the features of the league – such as paying players an hourly wage – are designed to evoke not a game being played for money, but an arena for the display of highly skilled, gaming competitors.

It’s a setup deliberately designed to tap into one of the best formats for mass consumption. If the paradigm is shifted, there could be a new groundswell of enthusiasm for the game. Once that happens, it’s conceivable that there will be a lot more pressure – both popular and business – towards making US online poker regulation a priority.

OK, maybe we’re still FAR away from having poker out by the Great Pyramids, but the GPL’s Cube is really cool.

Everything about the GPL promises to be fun for fans of poker.

For starters, the matches are going to be in real-time, and contested in a giant cube. That alone should provide enough entertainment value to tune in. You’ll also get to see your favorite players in a unique, exciting format. It’s clear from the response on social media from players eligible to be drafted that the competition will be serious and fierce. The players are going to want to win, and not just for the money.

All of this has the potential to create a charged environment that, even if all of its other hopes for the game at large go unfulfilled, promises to be a lot of fun to watch.


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