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Kicking off on November 29 in Las Vegas: Global Poker League Playoffs

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Posted on 28 November 2016 by "T".

On November 29, the very first Global Poker League (GPL) Playoffs shall take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Global Poker League Playoff & Championship Schedule:

Event Date Time
Playoffs Day 1 November 29 12 pm PT
Playoffs Day 2 November 30 12 pm PT
Championship December 1

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.



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7 comments on "Kicking off on November 29 in Las Vegas: Global Poker League Playoffs"

 bowie198429/11/2016 02:30:12 GMT
Yeah, they trying to make some spectacle entertainment sport kinda thing out of this like those gamer matchups where they play like DotA or CoD or LoL, but poker for me is more about intimacy and self-responsibility than anything else. Not sure about this.
 doubletop77729/11/2016 10:48:04 GMT
This looks like a fascinating idea and ,the names on these lists, there are lots and lots of the very best players in the world playing. It will be very interesting to see how it plays out
 sirkosun29/11/2016 11:24:21 GMT
let's watch and cheer for their favorites! Really was looking forward to something more interesting. I'll be rooting for the team La Sunset. Good luck!
 pochui29/11/2016 17:20:43 GMT
well lots of famous names onboard, you know so called poker pros... so for all of us lame amateurs this is a great chance to take a peek at our idols and learn a few secrets of the trade. without any doubt 300 hours of digital content is a true attraction, as long as this content is hardcore porn.
 Mober29/11/2016 19:07:01 GMT
Not much for a prize there after all that fuss, for professional players.
They will have to share just 100.000$. Probably from the lowest prizes ever,
considering it will be split between team members.
Pretty much a wast of time for them Smile
 DaCapo7104/12/2016 21:49:18 GMT
I never heard something about the Global Poker League, but it sounds like a interesting new series. And Las Vegas was one of the best place to start this new league in my opinion Blink And the prize was verry interesting for semi professional players to make the next step in their poker career.
 Tony_MON7ANA05/12/2016 15:01:27 GMT
Huge congratulations to the Montreal Nationals who took down the 2016 Global Poker League Finals. What a fascinating three-day event I have just watched. I am eagerly looking forward to next year's event.

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