On November 29, the very first Global Poker League (GPL) Playoffs shall take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Global Poker League Playoff & Championship Schedule:
|Playoffs Day 1
||12 pm PT
|Playoffs Day 2
||12 pm PT
12 pm PT
After 174 matches, 20 weeks of games, and 300 hours of digital content, the GPL playing field now has just 8 teams left standing.
On November 29, the GPL playoffs will start off with the Montreal Nationals, LA Sunset, San Francisco Rush and the Sao Paulo Mets battling it out in the Americas conference. The Moscow Wolverines, Hong Kong Stars, Berlin Bears and London Royals follow on November 30 to fight for the Eurasia title.
The winners from each conference will go head-to-head on December 1, with the emerging winner to be crowned as GPL champions.
This whole event is not just about the setting, taking place in The Cube in Las Vegas, but also it features the world's best players, in teams, pitted against each other!
Here's a detailed list of players per team going into the playoffs:
Montreal Nationals - Marc-Andre Ladouceur (M), Xuan Liu, Mike McDonald, Pascal Lefrancois, Jason Lavallee, and Martin Jacobson
San Francisco Rush - Faraz Jaka (M), Phil Galfond, Kitty Kuo, Anton Wigg, Jonathan Jaffee, and Anthony Gregg
La Sunset - Maria Ho (M), Olivier Busquet, Fedor Holz, Chance Kornuth, Aaron Paul, and Eugene Katchalov
Sao Paulo Metropolitans - Andre Akkari (M), Darren Elias, Byron Kaverman, Joao Pires Simoa, Joao Bauer, Felipe Ramos, and Thiago Nahijima
Moscow Wolverines - Anatoly Filatov (M), Andrey Pateychuk, Igor Yaroshevsky, Vladimir Troyanovsky, Sergey Lebedev, and Dzmitry Urbanovich
London Royals - Liv Boeree (M), Chris Moorman, Sam Trickett, Justin Bonomo, Igor Kurganov, and Vanessa Selbst
Hong Kong Stars - Celina Lin, Raiden Kan, Weiyi Zhang, Randy Lew, Guo Dong, and Bryan Huang
Berlin Bears - Philipp Gruissem, Bill Perkins, Jeff Gross, Daniel Cates, Sorel Mizzi, Dominik Nitsche, and Brian Rast
In case you're not yet familiar with how it is played, the format is just like online poker's heads-up matches and sit ‘n go's. The distinct difference is, in an effort to "sportify" poker, players don't win their own money nor would they have to risk any cash. Instead, they are competing by teams.
How it's Played
- A group of three members shall play as a team in a single heads-up match against their opponent.
- Every match in the Conference playoffs shall use a best-of-seven format, with the first team to win four games advancing to the GPL Championship game, which in turn shall use a best-of-nine format.
- Team Managers shall set a rotation between their three players, with each required to play the same number of games before being allowed to play again. This forces managers to be creative in their line-ups, particularly when assigning their best heads-up player
- The winning team from each play-off match advances to the Championship game, which determines who will contest the GPL Final on December 1, where a $100,000 prize awaits.