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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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Our blog has been somewhat silent for the past few days, ever since I decided to do a series on the  Global Poker League.  I’ve been coordinating my blogging schedule with the GPL’s match playing schedule, which takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There are many other elements about the new League I need to write about, but I’m not ready yet.  As I’ve mentioned, I’m getting hooked. .. It’s not that I sit and watch every match scheduled because that would mean I wouldn’t get anything else done. It might also mean that I had a slight problem! But I prefer blogging about poker when I’m in a poker state-of-mind.

Global Poker LeagueSo, when I’m doing some work that doesn’t require a lot of concentration, I have Twitch.tv/GPL  on my second screen. When one of my favorite players (yes, I already have favorites) is playing or when one of the teams I root for (NY Rounders and LA Sunset) are in a 6 MAX, I tend to abandon my work and focus on the match. Of course, there are many times when that kind of devotion isn’t possible and I have to settle for the replay, or even just the highlights, knowing you can always find what you’re looking for on www.globalpokerleague.com.

The standings were shaken up a bit after all the Week Four matches.  In the Americas League, the Montreal National took the lead away from the Rounders, who had been in the lead for the last couple of weeks, but the entire league is pretty well bunched up, with a mere 10 points separating first place from last place, currently occupied by the San Francicso Rush.  I’m pretty sure that with so many matches yet to be played, those teams will switch places more than once, with the team in first place changing often.

In the Eurasia League the standings are significantly more spread out, with 25 points separating the first place Moscow Wolverines from the Rome Emperors who are not only in last place, but are the only team to have 0 wins.  It will be more difficult to overcome the teams in the upper level of that league, but anything can happen in poker.

Bertrand " Elky" GrospellierJust a few comments about the play last week. I really enjoyed the epic HU battle between Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier and Randy “Nanonoku” Lew. The match, referred to as the Clash of the Twitch Titans, was highly anticipated because Elky is a “brand” in the world of poker, considered one of the best players in the world, while Nanonoku  is fast becoming an early star of the GPL.  The match itself was just fun to watch; both guys were perfect for the GPL/WebCam set up: they were both loquacious, talking trash, talking strategy, displaying their very different but charming personalities. Elky talked a lot about Nano’s strategy against Jungleman, making it clear that these guys are watching each other’s game for any strategy hints they can pick up for upcoming matches. At the same time, Nano was Randy “Nanonoku” Lewcharming as he talked about Elky being his first poker hero, and in his post-match interview he spoke candidly about his 2 out of 3 win, which gave the Hong Kong Stars some much needed points . “I’m just so happy right now,” he told the audience.  “I’m gonna talk smack to Elky all week in Monte Carlo.” (site of European Poker Tour’s Grand Finals).

Jeff Gross, playing for the Berlin Bears, earned a clean sweep (nine points) over the Rome Emperor’s Todd Brunson in the heads-up game. They seemed to be feeling each other out a lot in the beginning since they’d never played before. Gross, a former University of South Carolina soccer player, said at one point, “I really don’t know what he thinks of my game yet,” referring to Todd, the son of the legendary Doyle Brunson.

TPS Poker ChipsIn the first game of the match, Gross also said that he’d learned from Jungleman to “always bet your gut shot,” so he followed that advice and made what looked like a ballsy/crazy call, ultimately drawing the inside straight on the last river card,  while Brunson was left sitting with his two aces and no chips.  That game only took nine hands but it pretty much set the tone.

With the EPT going on simultaneously, it helped prove a couple of the of the GPL ‘s underlying concepts. The first is that the GPL has some of the very best players in the world playing in the league, as evidenced by how many of them were doing extremely well in the EPT.

At the same time, it shows how viable the GPL’s team concept is, with some not-so-well-known players, like hedge-fund manager Bill Perkins, getting the opportunity to play in a 6 MAX while other members of his team, the Berlin Bears, played in the EPT. Other less well-known players, such as Tyler Kenney (brother of Bryn Kenney, manager of the NY Rounders) and Felipe Ramos Mojave (playing for the Sao Paulo Mets under manager Andre Akkari) have been playing some stellar poker and really delivering points for their franchises, proving that only in poker can a less experienced player mix it up with the big boys and have the chance to come out on top. That doesn’t happen in boxing, or on the basketball court or in a tennis match.

Mostly it’s starting to demonstrate in a big way how much these GPL players want to win one for their team, as opposed to for themselves which is what poker has always been about. They all talk about the pressure they feel representing their team, wanting to win to help their team in the standings and so on. It’s fostering a real camaraderie among poker team mates as the fans begin rooting hard for their team.

The GPL is for every kind of fan, from the highly experienced to the newbie. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been playing poker for years or are just starting out, once you watch a few matches you realize how exciting it is to root for a poker team. And, for those who want to learn the game, or play it better, there’s an added bonus. So many of the players are also wonderful teachers and strategists, explaining their moves as they go along.  Some, like Jonathan Little (nicknamed the professor) explain every move; it’s like they’re conducting a poker clinic. Others just smatter us with glimpses of strategy. It’s got something for everyone, and somehow, it works.

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