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Texas Poker StoreQueen of Hearts ParisBy: Queen of Hearts Paris

On Thursday, February 25th, an exciting Draft Day is set to take place at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. It’s the Global Poker League’s first-ever draft of poker players to play for its 12 franchise teams, representing 33 countries and more than $500 million in combined winnings. phil-hellmuth-2-21-16The draft will be co-hosted by ESPN’s World Series of Poker presenter Kara Scott and will feature a panel of analysts that includes poker superstars Phil Hellmuth and negreanu2-21-16Daniel Negreanu.

The team managers (more on that later) will be choosing from the 203 players who opted to be draft-eligible out of the top 1,000 players as ranked by the Global Poker Index (GPI). And the players will not be gambling with their own money; they will get paid to participate, like professional athletes.

To put it simply, the GPL is an attempt to “sportify” team poker so that everyone, not just the fans of well-known poker players, has a reason to be engaged in following their poker “team” throughout the year. That’s right; the goal is for each of the teams to wind up having their own dedicated fan base, a fan base that roots for them with the kind of intensity that only teams can generate.

Managers were appointed by the GPL to be the “face” of their teams. Each of the 12 has signed two-year contracts to help guarantee team continuity. The contract makes them responsible for actively participating in the development of the League, including drafting their players and coming up with their own particular strategy to field winning teams. A flare for marketing and garnering media attention won’t hurt.

The creation of Alex Dreyfus, CEO of Mediarex Sports and Entertainment (MSE), the Leagues list of managers includes poker star Celina Lin , manager of the Hong Kong Stars; Chris Moneymaker’, manager of the Las Vegas MoneyMakers; Bryn Kenney, manager of the New York Rounders; Fabrice Soulier, manager of the Paris Aviators; Max Pescatori, manager of the Rome Emperors; Faraz Jaka, manager of the San Francisco Rush and five more who’ll be managing teams from Canada, Germany, England, Russia and Brazil. The U.S. has the most teams, with a total of four.

At the Draft, each manager will draft four players ranked in the top 1,000 in the GPI as of January 2016, plus two wildcards for their team.

With more and more people coming from the online world, Dreyfus observed that often the final tables of the most important tournaments are led by players that people don’t know, guys who are very good at poker but who don’t bring with them a dedicated fan base. In fact, because of the great success of online poker and the influx of talented online players, there remain only a few players that people are passionate about when it comes to following their careers and rooting for them at poker tournaments.

So Dreyfus came up with a plan: “If we want to serve poker-related content to the media on a weekly basis, and if we want people to talk about poker, we need to build a platform — a league that will give everyone a reason to be engaged and interested in the game.”

We will cover the results of the Draft on the 25th and keep you posted on the GPL’s progress, and hopefully its success, as the story unfolds. Until then, see you at the tables.

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Queen of Hearts ParisQueen of Hearts Paris

I really enjoy looking at the various poker signs hanging in a person’s poker room or man cave; they help personalize the space. Some are there to loudly proclaim their favorite NCAA team or “represent” their alma mater. Others are funny poker sayings, while others seem to capture the essence of poker. We carry officially licensed NCAA poker signs and mirrors in the Texas Poker Store, although the most common signs, like the proverbial “Folding is for Quitters” and humorous classics such as: “If You Can’t Spot the Sucker at the Poker Table, It’s Probably You” and “Trust Everyone . . . But Always Cut the Cards” are, unfortunately, often out of stock due to their popularity.

Poker Room Mirror Four AcesSo I started collecting good poker quotes that would make equally good signs if someone clever wanted to produce them. I discovered that a lot of people have made observations about poker, some because they play professionally and others because they happen to love poker. For example, the brilliant playwright David Mamet had a very insightful one: “You Can’t Bluff Someone Who’s Not Paying Attention,” while professional poker player Dan Reed is credited with, “You Will Show Your Poker Greatness by the Hands You Fold, not the Hands You Play.”

The Rounders-inspired poker player, Dutch Boyd, known for creating the first online poker site, is quoted as saying, “Poker is a Lot Like Sex. Everyone Thinks They Are the Best, but Most Don’t Have a Clue What They are Doing.” That would make a heck of a poker sign. It’s kind of like Chris Moneymaker’s well-known quote,The Beautiful Thing About Poker is That Everybody Thinks They Can Play.”Poker Room Sign

Poker star Phil Hellmuth could certainly have sold a lot of signs with his statements about the role of luck, including: “If There Weren’t Luck Involved, I Would Win Every Time” andPoker is 100% Skill and 50% Luck.”

One of my favorites comes from the legendary baseball player, Jackie Robinson, who said, “Baseball is Like a Poker Game. Nobody Wants to Quit When He’s Losing; Nobody Wants YOU to Quit When You’re Ahead.”

We’ll follow up with more ideas for good poker signs in our next blog. Until then, let us know if you have any suggestions. So what is your favorite Poker quote? Send it to us and we just might use it.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Andrew LiporaceDay 3 saw some major upsets and major shifts in the leading players. Andrew Liporace currently leads the field of 746 players. Only a few more unfortunate souls are left who will not make it to the cash and go home empty handed.

Our man Phil Ivey is still in it and has even increased his chip count to 522,500 to rank him at 72nd place. But he was quickly surpassed yesterday by 71 players in  heated battles through out the night. Of course these included Liporace, who ended the night on top of the heap to enter Day4 with 1,128,000 followed closely by Ivey’s table mate , Mehrdad Yousefzadeh with 1,124,000 for second place.

Yesterday saw a whole lot of favorites, ex-champions and big time celebrities sent to the rails including former WSOP champs Ryan Riess, Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, and Robert Varkonyi as well as Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, and Erik Seidel,  NBA superstar  Paul Pierce and actor Kevin Pollak.

When day 4 got started at 12 noon PST today your top ten chip leaders were:

WSOP Poker Chips1. Andrew Liporace – 1,128,000
2. Mehrdad Yousefzadeh – 1,124,000
3. Raul Mestre – 988,500
4. Jesse Wilke – 975,500
5. Scott Blackman – 935,000
6. Andoni Larrabe – 923,000
7. Stephen Graner – 911,000
8. Per Karlsson – 891,500
9. Rasmus Larsen – 883,000
10. Roman Valerstein – 850,000

The cards are in the air and the action has begun…. by break time at 1:00 p.m. PST it’s down to 703 players remaining, that is just 10 from the money. Who else will be knocked out before the bubble is reached is still  anyone’s guess, if you’re still in it, we hope you make it past the bubble. Good luck everyone.

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The 45th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event began yesterday, Saturday the 5th,  with the kick off-off  Day 1A Event# 65A which saw an impressive, albeit modest, field of 771 players that included some of the WSOP’s best players. Some of these best players and Main Event Champions from past years who pushed through Day 1A were Tom McEvoy, Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Merson, and Ryan Riess.  That’s some serious competition. But, we’ve only just begun.

wsop-mainevent2Mean while “The Little One for One Drop” is still going on while other events have been completed. Here are the most recent results:

Jackduyph DuongJackduyph Duong leads Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop. We wish Duong the best of luck starting today as the other eight of this final nine table, without a doubt, are all going to try to knock him out.

 

Bryn KenneyBryn Kenney emerged victorious in Event #63: $1,500 Six-Handed 10-Game Mix to win his first gold bracelet and walk away with a hefty $153,220 in prize money after defeating Jan Suchanek who takes second place and $94,618.

Pat WalshPat Walsh conquered Event #64: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship besting a field of 418 entrants. Walsh won his first  bracelet and a fat first-place prize of $923,379 after defeating Javed Abrahams with the second place prize of a measly $570,284 (Yeah right – I’ll take that measly sum anytime).

Day 1B of the Main Event is now under way and we’ll sign off for now but will bring you all the action as we can… so stay tuned and we wish all players the best of luck!!!

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