Global Poker League Schedule Released
After months of hype, the first season of the Global Poker League (GPL) will finally kick off the first full week of April. Fortunately, the GPL has also finally announced the actual schedule for said season, as up until a couple days ago, nobody (except maybe the players) had any idea when anything was going to actually happen.
The inaugural season will begin Tuesday, April 5th, the first of four “phases” of the season. The “regular season” runs April 5th through September 22nd, the GPL Playoffs begin shortly thereafter, and the GPL Finals will take place November 22nd and 23rd. In the middle, there is the GPL Summer Series, which will run June 6th through July 8th.
During the regular season, matches will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The competitions on Tuesdays are six-handed Sit-and-Go’s – two for the Eurasia Conference and two for the Americas conference. Each Sit-and-Go will feature one player from each team in the conference. If you need a refresher, here is the breakdown of the teams and managers for each conference (we won’t list every player right now, as some Wild Card picks still need to be announced):
Los Angeles Sunset: Maria Ho
Las Vegas Moneymakers: Chris Moneymaker
Montreal Nationals: Marc-Andre Ladouceur
New York Rounders: Bryn Kenney
San Francisco Rush: Faraz Jaka
Sao Paulo Metropolitans: Andre Akkari
Berlin Bears: Philipp Gruissem
Hong Kong Stars: Celina Lin
London Royals: Liv Boeree
Moscow Wolverines: Anatoly Filatov
Paris Aviators: Fabrice Soulier
Rome Emperors: Max Pescatori
Wednesdays and Thursdays will be the days for heads-up contest between two teams. Each contest will consist of three matches; all three will be played – it is not a best-of-three series. It appears that throughout the season, Wednesdays are for the Eurasia Conference and Thursdays are for the Americas Conference. This coming week, on the Eurasia side, it’s Hong Kong versus Moscow, Berlin versus Paris, and Rome versus London. For the Americas, the matches will be L.A. against Sao Paolo, Montreal against San Francisco, and New York against Las Vegas.
The schedule will change during the summer for the GPL Summer Series, almost certainly because all the players will be in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. The Summer Series is 33 days of heads-up matches, featuring inter-conference play.
When the regular season ends, the top four teams from each conference will play down to the final four places. Those teams will then compete in the GPL Finals at the SSE Arena, Wembley in front of a live audience. The audience, like audiences in other live events throughout the season, will be able to see the players’ hole cards and hear announcer commentary. The players will not be privy to any of this (except for their own hole cards), as they will be enclosed in THE CUBE.
Details have yet to be released as to the scoring system for the Global Poker League. The complete schedule can be found at http://www.globalpokerleague.com/schedule/.
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