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Global Poker League Playoffs Set, But Why the Delay?

After nearly seven months of action (counting delays), the Global Poker League has reached its playoffs. While one conference had nearly set its four-team roster for the postseason, the other conference had plenty of jostling for position with none of the six teams eliminated as of the start of the final week of the regular season. The conference with the least work to do, the GPL Americas, kicked off the week’s action with their three heads up matches. With the Montreal Nationals, the L. A. Sunset and the Sao Paulo Metropolitans all assured of a playoff spot – and the Las Vegas Moneymakers eliminated from contention – the final slot would come down to either the San Francisco Rush or the New York Rounders. The Moneymakers’ Scott Ball would prove to be the proverbial thorn in the side of Manager Bryn Kenney of the Rounders, thumping Kenney by a 3-0

PokerStars Announced as Global Poker League Sponsor

On Friday morning, Mediarex Sports and Entertainment announced that they had entered into a sponsorship deal with PokerStars, with the online poker industry’s largest site becoming the lead sponsor for Mediarex’s Global Poker League. During the announcement of the new deal, the GPL’s Chief Executive Officer and the founder of the league Alexandre Dreyfus stated, “We are optimistic about this partnership, having the support of PokerStars is a crucial step forward on the road to fully establishing the GPL as a real blueprint for poker entertainment in the future. PokerStars offers us a multitude of opportunities to grow our platform and continue developing our two-fold strategy of connecting the League to the poker community and genuinely connecting poker to the mainstream entertainment sector on a large scale.” As a part of the sponsorship deal, poker fans will also see the emblem of PokerStars – the spade – emblazoned on the

Nationals, Wolverines atop The Standings as Global Poker League Resumes Play

After a rather lengthy hiatus that saw more turmoil that surely planned, the Global Poker League has surged back into action with the second half of their season. While one conference’s leader seems to be pulling away from the pack, it looks to be at least a two-team battle in the other conference. In the GPL Americas, the Montreal Nationals haven’t been able to shake the L. A. Sunset at the top of the leaderboard. With 153 points – by far the most in the GPL – the Nationals might have thought they would have a bigger lead. But the Sunset, led by manager Maria Ho and featuring the red-hot Fedor Holz, are only six points back after gaining on the Nats last week. Ho earned 10 points during Six Max Tuesday (two conference matches) and, along with three points earned by Olivier Busquet in the heads up match with

Global Poker League Moves Playoffs, World Championship To Las Vegas

When it was conceived, the Alexandre Dreyfus-driven Global Poker League looked as if it would be “The One” attempt at making poker more “sport-like” that survived when others failed. A recent announcement has cast some doubt on that, however, as the GPL looks to end its inaugural season on a high note. According to Will Shillibier of BackdoorQuads.com, the GPL has decided to NOT hold their end of season playoffs – the matches that would determine the teams for the inaugural GPL World Championship – at TwitchCon 2016 in San Diego. That event, which begins on September 30 and ends on October 2, will instead be replaced with a “Meet, Greet & Play” event that will feature some of the stars of the GPL (no names have been announced at this time). Dreyfus looks at the change as a chance to present the GPL to the eSports community, stating, “The

Editorial: Fixes Needed for the Global Poker League to Succeed

The Global Poker League is in a hiatus at this time, taking a break after finishing the first half of their inaugural season and their “Summer Series” during the run of the World Series of Poker. It’s certainly been an interesting run so far for GPL creator Alex Dreyfus’ pet program and it has seen its share of ups (getting “Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul on the L. A. Sunset and actually seeing him win an event in Las Vegas) and downs (early software glitches with the GPL poker client that were quickly fixed). There’s going to have to be more fixes made, however, if the GPL is going to succeed. Dreyfus noted some of the problems the GPL has faced to this point and admitted the repairs were in the works. Such things as merchandising the league and its teams (something that still doesn’t exist) and putting more of