By: Queen of Hearts Paris
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.
We’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.