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For all you Global Poker League fans out there, today (Nov. 29th) is the first day of the Playoffs to determine the winner of the Americas Conference.

The #1 seeded Montreal Nationals were the highest scoring team in the GPL’s regular season, with a whopping 200 points.  They will play the 4th seed, the San Francisco Rush in a series of heads-up games beginning at 3 P.M. ET.

Whichever team wins the “Best of Seven” (first team to accumulate four game victories) will await the winners of the match between #2 LA Sunset and #3 Sao Paulo Metropolitans.  The winners will then face off to determine the winner of the Americas Conference Final.

Tomorrow (Nov.30th) pits the #1 seeded Moscow Wolverines against the #4 London Royals. The winners will await the results of the best-of-seven match between the #2 Hong Kong Stars and #3 Berlin Bears. The winners will then play for the Eurasia Conference Final.

Higher seeded teams take an advantage into the playoffs, as do their counterparts in other highly contested playoffs.. The team managers have the opportunity to see their opponent’s lineup before submitting theirs which may involve some team strategy.  And, their starting stacks are higher: 130K vs. 100K and 120K vs. 110K.

Finally, on Thursday, Dec. 1st, the winner of the Americas Conference winners will play the Eurasia Conference winners in a best of eleven series to determine the first-ever GPL Champions and winner of the $100,000 prize.

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We’re covering up our poker table and getting ready to cheer our favorites at the Global Poker League Playoffs!

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Here’s the latest news for those of you following the Global Poker League. The teams that qualified for the Playoff spots in the Americas Conference are: 1. Montreal Nationals; 2. L.A. Sunset; 3. Sau Paulo Metropolitans and 4.San Francisco Rush.

The qualifying teams from the Eurasia Conference are: 1. Moscow Wolverines; 2. Hong Kong Stars; 3. Berlin Bears and 4.London Royals.

Each Global Poker League Playoff Team will be represented by three players in Las Vegas, chosen by their Team Managers.  Since all team members chosen will be required to play, the Managers will obviously try to choose who they consider to be their best heads-up players (assuming they’re available.)

Managers will be required to play their players in a modified rotation. A player will not be able to play another game in a match until his/her two teammates have also played. (An “Alternate Player” option is available to the Team Managers. Teams who choose to do so can bring a fourth player to Las Vegas and that player can take the place of a teammate at the start of each new round only.).

Managers will be asked to set their lineup for the first three games of their Conference Semi-Final series. Teams will then be required to name the next player to enter The Cube following the completion of any previous games. Teams with the best rank will also be able to see their opponent’s lineup before submitting theirs (big strategic advantage there!)

A “Best of Seven” series (first team to accumulate four game victories) will determine the winners in the Conference Semi-Finals and the Conference Finals. As is the case in most other playoff scenarios regardless of sport, the #1 seed will face the #4, while seeds #2 and #3 will face off. The winners of those matches will play each other for the Americas vs. Eurasia Conference Finals.

Global Poker League Playoffs November 29thgpl-nov30Tuesday, November 29
3pm ET: Nationals (#1) vs Rush (#4)
6pm ET: Sunset (#2) vs Mets (#3)
9pm ET: Playoffs
Wednesday, November 30
3pm ET: Wolverines (#1) vs Royals (#4)
6pm ET: Stars (#2) vs Bears (#3)
9pm ET: Playoffs

For the GPL Poker Championship, the winners of each playoff match will face off in the Finals on Thursday, December 1 at 3pm ET. Teams will begin on a level playing field with no advantage for either team. That championship competition will be played in a best-of-nine format, with the first team winning five games emerging as the overall GPL Season 1 Champions.

All matches will be played in the Cube and streamed live on Twitch. Tomorrow we’ll let you know how to participate in the very first GPL Bracket Challenge.

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For those of you who got caught up in the Inaugural season of The Global Poker League and felt somewhat let down after such a promising first half, all is not lost.

Global Poker League Playoffs

In fact, despite the loss of momentum from long delays and venue changes, the League has successfully completed its regular season (20 weeks, 174 matches and 300 hours of digital content) and is headed towards the Playoffs and Finals.

As founder Alex Dreyfus put it; “Against all odds, we built and ran a League from scratch through a full cycle of competition. That’s a big achievement, and my team and I are very proud to have accomplished this much.”

I couldn’t agree more, especially since the GPL got me excited about poker, to say nothing about teaching me how to play. I was also incredibly impressed with how dedicated the professional poker players seemed to be to their respective teams and to their team managers, all of whom were terrific spokespeople for the new league and for poker in general. They were also respectful of their fans, including newbies like me, who might never have seen players like Mercier, Holz, Kenney, Boeree, Jaffe, Bonomo, Brunson, Elky, Duhamel and dozens more were it not for their wholehearted commitment to, and enthusiastic participation in, the GPL.

That being said, the following teams have qualified for the Season 1 Playoffs to be held in Vegas on November 29th and 30th  with the Finals to be played on December 1st.

Americas Conference:

1st: Montreal Nationals
2nd: LA Sunset
3rd: Sao Paulo Metropolitans
4th: San Francisco Rush

Eurasia Conference:

1st: Moscow Wolverines
2nd: Hong Kong Stars
3rd: Berlin Bears
4th: London Royals

Looking ahead, the future appears very promising for team poker. Thanks to the recent strategic partnership with Pokerstars, Dreyfus seems assured of seeing his as yet unfulfilled vision come to fruition. As he wrote, “we will be able to deliver a better fan experience and better fan engagement on a larger scale” based on how much they learned during the first six months combined with the clout of Pokerstars. In the meantime, let’s all hope for some exciting matches to finish this season in style.

Everyone at the Texas Poker Store will be watching very closely and will keep you all abreast of all the action.

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I’m traveling, I’m visiting my kids in Los Angeles, but somehow I remembered to check the GPL streaming schedule and managed to catch the heads-up match between Randy “Nananoko” Lew for the Hong Kong Stars and Justin Bonomo for Liv Boeree’s London Royals; Bonomo swept Nano for nine points which made me a little sad cause I’ve grown to like Nano.Global Poker League

Every once in awhile, I realize that although I’ve been living in a Global Poker League bubble for the past couple of months, the unfortunate fact is that it not only remains an unknown entity even to most poker fans, but no one I know has the slightest idea what it is. My friends and family don’t even get why I’m suddenly interested in poker. And I’m not sure how to change that. Our blog is not exactly Buzzfeed, nor can I force people to read my columns in order to catch my enthusiasm for the new League.

Alex DreyfusSo I’m trying to keep in mind what founder Alex Dreyfus has said about what he’s trying to accomplish with the GPL. It’s definitely NOT about becoming an overnight success or converting the world of elite poker players into the NFL in one season.  It will take two, three or more years, and it will be a slow process.

In fact, says Dreyfus “Our intent is not to create an event for players, like the World Series of Poker, but an event for fans and spectators. Our goal is to shift from a player and customer experience to a fan experience.” In other words, the GPL has no desire to compete with the WSOP. Its goal is to create a framework and platform where the best poker players regularly play for their team, as you can see on Twitch-TV right now, while we fans get into their heads and discover their stories.

What Dreyfus is doing is setting the stage for a continuing and engrossing poker storyline. In my case, for example, last week I got wrapped up in the heads-up matches between the Sao Paulo Mets’ Olivier Busquet and the NY Rounders’ Thomas Marchese, not because of my love of poker, but because, through the webcams, I had access to both of their New York Rounderscommentaries, both of their strategies, their very different personalities, and both their hole cards at the same time! This has never been done before, Dreyfus assures us. Not only that, but I was pulling for the team from New York, the Rounders, because that’s what I do . . . I root for New York teams.

Eventually, you and your friends and poker buddies will be talking about the amazing heads-up match you saw on Tuesday. One might say, ‘ Olivier got awfully lucky on the river with that final King.” You might answer, “I like Ladouceur’s style; he’s a very thoughtful poker player, but OB had an awfully good run. When it came down to the all-ins, Busquet always seems to win.”

It’s that “Hey, did you see what happened yesterday” mentality that the GPL wants to cultivate. The marketing goal for Alex Dreyfus is to provide enough sports or entertainment content to create a habit. And a habit is something you do every day or every week.

“What we aim to do with the GPL is for you to be hooked to watch GPL whether it’s one, two, or five matches per week, every week,” Dreyfus explains.

Which is why I’m with my daughter in L.A, and have a million things to do, but still took the time to watch a GPL match today.

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