Weekly Poker Roundup: April 10, 2016
New York, Hong Kong Lead After GPL Week 1
The Global Poker League (GPL) got underway this past week as all twelve teams took to the virtual felts for a total of four six-handed Sit-and-Go’s and six heads-up matches. After the first week in the history of the GPL, the New York Rounders lead the Americas Conference with 16 points while the Hong Kong Stars sit atop the Eurasia Conference – and the GPL as a whole – with 18 points.
It wasn’t a quick start for Hong Kong on the Eurasia side, as Weiyi Zhang only managed to place fourth in the first Sit-and-Go, good for only 2 points. Davidi Kitai of the Paris Aviators won the match and earned 7 points for his team. Raiden Kan took the next one, though, for the 7-point snare. It was not a good Tuesday for Daniel Cates of the Berlin Bears, as he played in both contests and finished last each time.
In the Americas Conference, New York’s Jason Wheeler won the first Sit-and-Go and the Montreal Nationals’ Mike “timex” McDonald took the second. Anthony Zinno of the Las Vegas Moneymakers finished second in both. And in the same scenario as in the Eurasia matches, Anthony Gregg of the San Francisco Rush finished sixth in both Sit-and-Go’s, giving his team a goose egg.
In the heads-up matches, Hong Kong swept Moscow 3-0, Paris took 2 of 3 from Berlin, London beat Rome 2 to 1, L.A. won 2 of 3 against Sao Paolo, San Francisco beat Montreal 2 to 1, and New York nabbed 2 out of the 3 games against Las Vegas.
Here are the complete standings after Week 1:
- New York Rounders – 16 points
- Las Vegas Moneymakers – 13 points
- Montreal Nationals – 12 points
- L.A. Sunset – 9 points
- Sao Paulo Mets – 7 points
- San Francisco Rush – 6 points
- Hong Kong Stars – 18 points
- Paris Aviators – 16 points
- London Royals – 12 points
- Rome Emperors – 9 points
- Moscow Wolverines – 5 points
- Berlin Bears – 3 points
Nifty Prizes Added to WPT Tournament of Champions
The World Poker Tour (WPT) Tournament of Champions starts in about two weeks and in order to try to entice more people to get down to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida (yes, the WPT season finale is in Florida), the WPT has added some goodies to the prize pool. More specifically, WPT sponsor Monster has ponied up a bunch of cool prizes.
In addition to the regular tournament payout, the winner of the WPT Tournament of Champions will receive a 2016 Corvette. All six players at the final table will also be awarded with a Monster SoundStage, “the high-definition wireless home music system with revolutionary multi-room wireless audio.”
This is all on top of what had already been announced as extra prizes for the winner. This bounty includes $100,000 cash, a special Hublot watch, a custom poker table by BBO Poker Tables, Monster headphones, an Aurae Solid Gold MasterCard (what?), a seat at Tiger’s (Woods) Poker Night, and a round of golf at the Shadow Creek Golf Course with Matt Savage and two friends.
The WPT Tournament of Champions, which is open only to those who won a WPT title, replaces the WPT World Championship and begins April 22nd.
New Jersey PokerStars Players to Get a SCOOP of Their Own
PokerStars may be new to New Jersey, but it isn’t going to let the good people of the Garden State miss out on all the tournament fun that the rest of the world has. This past week on Two Plus Two, Stars rep “PokerStars Dylan” published a preliminary draft of a schedule for the PokerStars New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). The online poker tournament festival is slated for May, though exact dates have yet to be announced.
The 2016 PokerStars NJ SCOOP will be composed of 27 dual-tournament events and will be held over the course of two weeks. Each event will have two distinct tournaments, one with a “low” buy-in and one with a “high buy-in,” ten times that of its low counterpart. The largest buy-in is $1,000 for the high version of the No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Event, a six-max, two-day tournament. The PokerStars New Jersey SCOOP Main Event is a $500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament held on the final day – a Sunday – of the schedule.
Each tournament will have a guaranteed prize pool, but these have yet to be announced.
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