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Global Poker League season 1

The first season of the Global Poker League is just a day away from starting, and the teams are ready to go to battle and win it for their conference. This is no ordinary league, as the best of the players were drafted to each team in hopes that they would be able to beat their opponents in different tournament settings; group stage, heads-up matches, and finally the knockout rounds.

The Players, Teams, and Conferences

There are many names that you should recognize, especially the managers. These are big time poker pro’s that have made their own picks during the Draft, believing that their team is the best. There are two conferences, Eurasia and Americas, with players from all over the world being drafted.

Eurasia Conference

Team Players
Rome Emperors Max Pescatori (Manager)

Mustapha Kanit

Dario Sammartino

Timothy Adams

Walter Treccarichi

London Royals Liv Boeree (Manager)

Igor Kurganov

Vanessa Selbst

Chris Moorman

Justin Bonomo

Moscow Wolverines Anatoly Filatov (Manager)

Dzmitry Urbanovich

Vladimir Troyanovskiy

Andrey Pateychuk

Sergey Lebedev

Berlin Bears Philipp Gruissem (Manager)

Brian Rast

Sorel Mizzi

Dominik Nitsche

Jeff Gross

Paris Aviators Fabrice Soulier (Manager)

Bertrand Grospellier

Davidi Kitai

George Danzer

Mike Leah

Hong Kong Stars Celina Lin (Manager)

WeiYi Zhang

Raiden Kan

Dong Guo

Bryan Huang

Americas Conference

Team Players
Montreal Nationals Marc-Andre Ladouceur (Manager)

Mike McDonald

Martin Jacobson

Pascal Lafrancois

Xuan Liu

New York Rounders Bryn Kenney (Manager)

Jason Mercier

Tom Marchese

Kevin MacPhee

Jason Wheeler

San Francisco Rush Faraz Jaka (Manager)

Phil Galfond

Anthony Gregg

Kitty Kuo

Anton Wigg

Las Vegas Moneymakers Chris Moneymaker (Manager)

Anthony Zinno

Jonathan Duhamel

Jake Cody

Jonathan Little

Sao Paulo Metropolitans Andre Akkari (Manager)

Darren Elias

Byron Kaverman

Thiago Nishijima

Joao Pires Simao

Los Angeles Sunset Mario Ho (Manager)

Fedor Holz

Olivier Busquet

Eugene Katchalov

Chance Kornuth

Year-Long Playing Schedule

The first season of the GPL will start on April 5 and go on until November 22, where the final four teams will face off in the semi-final knockout stage, leaving only two teams to meet in the Grand Finals. The first week’s schedule is as follows, but you can see the entire schedule here:

Date Time Event
April 5 12:00 PM EST. Eurasia 6-Max
April 5 1:40 PM EST. Eurasia 6-Max
April 5 3:30 PM EST. Americas 6-Max
April 5 5:10 PM EST. Americas 6-Max
April 6 12:00 PM EST. Hong Kong Stars player vs. Moscow Wolverines player
April 6 2:30 PM EST. Berlin Bears player vs. Paris Aviators player
April 6 5:00 PM EST. Rome Emperors player vs. London Royals player
April 7 1:00 PM EST. Los Angeles Sunset player vs. Sao Paulo Metropolitans player
April 7 3:30 PM EST. Montreal Nationals player vs. San Francisco Rush player
April 7 6:00 PM EST. New York Rounders player vs. Las Vegas Moneymakers player

You can check out the heads-up match battles following their twitter. It will all be televised through Poker Central, so you can catch all of the live action there.