Archive for March 2016

Queen of Hearts ParisTexas Poker StoreBy: Queen of Hearts Paris

After writing four blogs about the Global Poker League (GPL) (1.What is the Global Poker League (GPL) and… |2. Did You Watch The GPL Draft? | 3. We’ll Know More When They Want To Tell Us More, |4. What’s the Goal?) we planned to begin focusing in on each of the teams. But with play beginning in a week, I was also desperately searching for news of the “wildcard” selections. Two days ago, I decided to take a chance and send a tweet to Alex Dreyfus, GPL, who answered me immediately with the first two teams to announce. (Not bad for timing, by the way) Soon after that, wildcard announcements started breaking rapidly.

As a reminder, we’ve already reported that most team managers were expected to name themselves as one of their two wildcards. Also, the question about whether the wildcard had to be one of the draft-eligible players who hadn’t yet been selected has been answered; the fact is that anybody can be a wildcard! In other words, depending on their overall strategy, some team managers might choose a high-ranking player to make their team stronger, while others might choose to attract more buzz and increase marketability by choosing someone with known fan appeal.

Alexandre LuneauFabrice SoulierFabrice Soulier, Team Manager of the Paris Aviators, was the first to announce his GPL wildcards. Soulier named himself as expected, and then welcomed Alexandre “Alexonmoon” Luneau, to the Aviators. He chose Luneau despite the fact that there were many higher ranked French players. Luneau, however, is not only a seriously sexy gamer; he’s one of the most successful online poker players in the world. He is also known for his starring role in “Nosebleed,” an exclusive documentary about the world of online high stake players, directed and produced by Victor Saumont,. His goal now is to win a bracelet at the 2016 WSOP.

Anatoly FilatovNext to announce his picks was Anatoly Filatov, manager of the Moscow Wolverines, who proudly made his announcement live from Moscow’s Red Square. He chose the #1 ranked poker player in the Ukraine, Igor Yaroshevsky, who he said was smart and tough.  This was most definitely a team-strengthening choice; Yaroshevsky has nine Top 15 finishes on the live tournament circuit since last year’s WSOP. And for his second choice, Filatov charmingly named a young, smart and fearless player — himself.

Once the floodgates opened, the wildcard announcements kept coming. Manager of the Rome Emperors, Max Pescatori chose himself and high-stakes poker player Todd Brunson, whose resume includes taking billionaire Texas businessman Andy Beal at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for $5 million last year. His total live tournament winnings exceed $4,000,000 and he’s won a gold bracelet at the WSOP. Oh, and his father is the legendary Doyle Brunson.

Liv BoereeLondon Royals Team Manager, Liv Boeree, already managing one of the GPL’s early favorites, announced on Twitter that her wildcard picks are the top-ranked female poker player in the world (Boeree herself) and “the one and only” Sam Trickett.

Trickett has live tournament earnings exceeding $20m, and has competed against the world’s top poker players in both cash games and tournaments. He’s known for his quickness which should be an asset in the GPL format. He and his fellow teammates, Kurganov, Boeree, and Justin Bonomo have already shared a deep bonding experience at Burning Man. And of course, Boeree and Kurganov are a hot item. Lots of chemistry on this team!

Yesterday and today, three more teams made their wildcard announcements. First came Faraz Jaka, manager of the San Francisco Rush who chose himself and added young pro, Jonathan Jaffe. They were quickly followed by Philipp Gruissem, managing the Berlin Bears, the first team manager NOT to name himself as a wildcard player.  He chose @junglemandan  (aka Daniel Cates) and @bp22 (aka amateur poker player Bill Perkins) to play for his team. And today, we had Chris Moneymaker, team manager of the Las Vegas Moneymakers, welcome @RuMCaKeS (amateur Scott Ball) which made the eSports enthusiast extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity.

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There will be much more to come, so stay tuned and we’ll keep you up to speed. We want our followers to be ahead of the curve. And, we hope to get a few of you excited, maybe even hooked on a particular team in the 12-team league before the action begins on April 5th, 2016. Make sure to check out all the action at the GPL poker tables starting next Tuesday.

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Texas Poker StoreQueen of Hearts ParisBy: Queen of Hearts Paris

In fact, just 1,140 entries (.0088%) of the 13+ million who entered the ESPN Tournament Challenge had the correct Final Four teams. And, the chances of anyone choosing 10th-seed Syracuse, a team that barely made it to the dance, were beyond slim, except for the die-hard Cuse fans that may have filled out a wishful thinking bracket.

Talk about an unlikely Final Four! In case you’ve been under a rock, you know by now that there is only one #1 seed, University of North Carolina, playing in the Final Four. UNC will face Syracuse, and since nothing seems impossible in this extremely mad March, the Cuse could come from behind, as they have throughout the tourney, to move on to the National Championship.

Two #2 seeds will also face off: Oklahoma and Villanova. Only 4.6% of the 13 million brackets picked both teams to make the Final Four.

Poker table from the Texas Poker StoreWe have a far better chance of winning big at the poker tables than attempting to predict who will win the National Championship, so let’s all just sit back and enjoy the dancing.

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As we’ve mentioned previously, the Global Poker League (GPL) kicks off on April 5th. It’s doubtful that anyone who isn’t very involved in the world of poker — ie; professional poker players, frequent recreational players, or poker bloggers like us — is even aware of that, nor do they care.

But if Alex Dreyfus, GPL founder, as well as the 12 team managers of the leagues’ teams deliver on their promises to “sportify” poker;  if team poker becomes engaging and entertaining for spectators, and if teams begin to develop fan bases, many more of you will start caring. Maybe not right away, but eventually. At least, that’s the goal.

The following quote from team manager Faraz Jaka of the San Francisco Rush sums it up perfectly: The GPL is attempting to break down barriers and change the way the game is both played and viewed. My hope is that we see the demographic that engages in poker grow massively, leading towards a new poker boom.

So, to get a head start, some of you might want to learn a little more about the teams . . . maybe even figure out which team you’d root for if you had to choose.

The 12 teams in the GPL are divided into the Americas Conference and the Eurasian Conference. The Americas Conference features four teams from the United States, including the LA Sunset, the San Francisco Rush, the Las Vegas Moneymakers (with guess who as their team manager) and, from the east coast, the New York Rounders (considered the odds-on favorites before the actual playing begins). The two other Americas teams are the Montreal Nationals and the Sao Paulo Metropolitans.

The Eurasian Conference consists of four teams representing major European capitals: The Paris Aviators, the Berlin Bears, the London Royals and the Rome Emperors. Russia is represented by the Moscow Wolverines and Asia’s team is the Hong Kong Stars.

aces-pro-tournament-tableWe’ll start focusing on each team: who are the fan favorites, who are the big name winners from the felt at the poker tables to the young hotshots from online, what are the managers’ strategies and other vital information in upcoming blogs. You will definitely need that if you want to pick a team to root for when the action begins.

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With Selection Sunday behind us and most everyone’s bracket already filled out, it should be a heck-of-a-lot easier to predict the Final Four than it was when we challenged you in our March 6th Texas Poker Store blog. In fact, a correct prediction at that point would have been based purely on luck, which is why we now know that, although luck can often help at the poker tables, it didn’t help any of our early predictors. None of them (we checked) can possibly be the winner.

That’s because the brackets tell us that if, for example, you put Kansas and Villanova (Southern bracket) or Virginia and Michigan State (Midwest bracket) as two of your final four, it would take more than luck to be the winner. In other words, it’s time to try again.

So now it’s really on! All you have to do is be the FIRST to make the correct FINAL FOUR prediction. Go with the 1 seeds or try one with a couple of longshots and maybe one with your favorite team going all the way. (With Texas A&M getting a #3 seed, I definitely have to include them in one of my Final Four predictions.) Submit as many as you want, but do it fast!March Madness at Texas Poker Store

Remember, it’s only the person who is FIRST to predict the four teams to compete for a spot in the National Championship who will be declared the winner of our grand prize: our finest set of 500 Las Vegas clay composite casino-grade poker chips housed in an impressive heavy-duty black mahogany case.

Click here to make your prediction. Just write four teams in the comments box and don’t forget your email address. Don’t worry; your email address will not be published.