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the Global Poker LeagueI used to write extensively (as in 30 blogs) about the Global Poker League (GPL). It was something new and exciting, and watching its Inaugural (and only) Season is what turned me into a poker fan. I often praised the vision of the GPL’s innovative founder, Alex Dreyfus, who came up with the whole poker “team” concept, with team managers and a “Draft” just like in the big leagues. I bought into what I considered my poker “home” team: the LA Sunset, and rooted for them with almost as much passion as I had once felt for the NY Yankees. For a solid nine months, poker had been “sportified” and I was a self-proclaimed fan-girl.

I checked back in my archives and realized that the last time I wrote about the GPL was in December of 2017, almost a year ago. In it, I was speculating about what had happened to the promised and much anticipated Season Two. I still don’t know any more than I did back then and trust me – I have Googled it to death. For a brief moment, I thought I had struck gold this time when I clicked on “Global Poker League Second Season Waits While Expansion Occurs in China, Other Areas” but it turned out to be an article in Poker News Daily, written by Earl Burton on March 19th, 2017. I had covered the same information in my last blog. In another March 2017 post Americas Card Roomfrom Americas Cardroom, author Bob Garcia wrote a blog on the same topic, and ended with the statement: Fans of the season one show are reportedly expecting a date for the series to return.

Yes, Bob! You were right!! I’m not sure now whether or not your original intention was to be facetious, but in retrospect it sounds more and more likely that the joke is on us –the GPL’s once-devoted and highly disappointed fans.  I, for one, feel kind of foolish for devoting so much time and energy trying to win over fans to the Global Poker League; I guess I never expected it to be a one-hit wonder. Oh well, I’m on my way to put down my buy-in, get some poker chips and hit the tables.

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I am a very loyal fan. I still root for the New York Yankees and Giants, despite not living in NY since 1988. Which is why I am so disappointed, Alexandre Dreyfus, about the absence of a Season Two for the Global Poker League.  The GPL is what turned me into a poker fan. I wrote more than 30 blogs extolling its virtues during its inaugural season; there were times I felt like an (unpaid) marketing director!

Chengdu Pandas GPLI understand that you and Mediarex Enterprises have been incredibly busy, coming up with your new tagline: Compete Globally, Play Locally, while forging strategic relationships in China and India. What’s more, GPL China had an extremely successful six-month season, as teams from 12 cities competed in regional leagues. The winning teams from each city became the championship franchise, and ultimately, the Chengdu Pandas defeated the Hong Kong Treasure Ships to win the first season of GPL China.

Meanwhile, there are six teams that now constitute GPL India, including the Chennai Sharks, Kolkata Creators and Nipun Java, with each team manager already named and Season I poised to launch.  And, based on the tremendous success of the GPL’s first season in Brazil, which fielded its own team, the Sao Paulo Mets, GPL Brazil is already becoming a “thing.”

All very well and good, but still no GPL Season Two (as promised) in the U.S. What happened to my favorite team, the LA Sunset, with poker superstars Fedor Holz, Olivier Busquet and manager, Maria Ho? What happened to the two-year contracts all the brave pioneers of the original GPL signed?

Custom Rockwell Poker TableIf you go to the GPL website like I did, you get a hint of something along the lines of a World Championship coming, with winners of each regional league competing against powerhouse teams from around the world. But there was a link on one page that said Season I has ended. Go on to Season II. I tried, but the link didn’t go anywhere. I hope that isn’t the fate of the original GPL that got me hooked on poker and even get my own poker table!

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On March 3rd I wrote a blog titled, “Isn’t PokerStars’ POWER UP Really Alex Dreyfus’ HOLDEMX?” In it, I went over all that I had enjoyed about the inaugural Global Poker League, primarily to get some answers concerning whether or not there would be a second GPL season!

And, as the title suggests, I was also pointing out what seemed like a tremendous similarity between the GPL’s HoldemX and PokerStars’  new game called Power Up. (Not out of the question, since PS is the exclusive online poker sponsor of the GPL) So I posed the question: Had PokerStars simply taken over the product?

After I posted my blog, I tweeted it out, hoping to attract the attention of Dreyfus. I wanted his response concerning the two similar games, but what I really wanted to know was if he was abandoning the U.S. for China, where all the attention seemed to be focused.

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I made the tweet intentionally provocative, and was quite pleased when Dreyfus responded with the following tweets:

Alex Dreyfus and Queen of Hearts Paris

Hmmmm.  I guess I have to take his word for that one! After all, he’s never lied to me before!!

Dreyfus then continued to tweet, with me responding in order to get my two cents in regarding much-needed GPL improvements:

Alex Dreyfus and Queen of Hearts Paris

So I had my answers, in 140 characters or less! But I really missed the boat by not publishing those responses then.

Instead, on March 16th I posted a blog titled, “GPL Making Great Use of its Down Time” in which I praised the strategies, especially their dynamic, high-quality videos,being implemented by Dreyfus and the league during the long lull in GPL action as Alex Dreyfus’s team (and their PokerStars sponsors?) take their time to make some much-needed improvements to all things GPL (website, merchandising, marketing and the Cube to name a few).

In other words, I buried my own story, which was later covered by Earl Burton in pokernewsdaily.com on March 19th and on cardschat.com on March 20th. As John Reger wrote: Just because the second season has been delayed, Dreyfus said not to mistake that for quitting on his brainchild. He did, however admit there were some problems with the inaugural run of the league and said those need to be corrected before another year of competition can get underway.”

In fairness, I should note that the majority of the aforementioned articles dealt with Dreyfus and the GPL’s expansion into the gigantic poker market in China and other countries, a topic I will cover in a future blog. But one thing is clear; I should have posted THIS blog on the 5th of March!

Guess I was way too distracted with all the action at our own local poker tournament.

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I absolutely LOVE what the Global Poker League (GPL) has been posting on Facebook recently. It’s a smart marketing strategy, calling attention to the players in various tournaments who just happen to be members of the GPL. It not only promotes different tournaments like the WSOPC, PSC Panama and the WPT, but also gets the GPL brand out there. Important, especially when there’s a long lull in GPL action as Alex Dreyfus’s team (and their PokerStars sponsors?) take their time to make some much-needed improvements to all things GPL (website, merchandising, marketing and the Cube to name a few).

As a diehard GPL fan, the posts on my news feed catch my eye immediately. On this particular one, there were pics of  two of my favorite players, Sorel Mizzi (from the Berlin Bears) and Olivier Busquet (from my favorite team, the LA Sunset) and a video.The post said:

“A Heads-Up between you legends would be awesome! Good luck Sorel Mizzi & Olivier Busquet at the WPT Rolling Thunder Final Table.” I clicked on the video and I was hooked . . . it’s short, dynamic, engaging and features “GPL” twice in 30 seconds, once by coining the phrase “GPL-Certified” – very clever! Check it out!

Then I Googled the WPT Rolling Thunder Final Table as any curious writer/researcher would do, and discovered that this was the second-to-last major event of the Season 15 World Poker Tour. I also discovered that the WPT was live streaming the Final Table which was extremely unfortunate, in that I couldn’t resist clicking on it. I succumbed to the fun of watching live poker and watched for four hours until Busquet (in 5th place) was knocked out. The fact is, not only did we have dinner plans that I had to rush to get to on time, but clearly there would be no Heads-Up between the two GPL representatives.

By the way, for those of you who want to know the outcome, the final heads up took place between Mike DelVecchio and Sorel Mizzi with DelVecchio taking it down. On the final hand, the last two standing went all in when the dealer ran a 4s on the turn of a 7s4c2h flop. Mizzi had the 6s5s, and Del Vecchio had the 5d4h. The Jh on the river gave the victory to DelVecchio.

Keep up the good work, GPL!

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