The eighth week of the Global Poker League is in the books, and the initial online poker portion of the first season is over. There will be a break from now until June 6, at which point the GPL crew will have set up a studio in Las Vegas for the live poker action that will comprise the Summer Series.
For now, the points are set, and Week 8 saw the Montreal Nationals rise to the overall GPL lead as the first team to sail over 100 points, and the LA Sunset set up a solid second place. In the Eurasia Conference, the London Royals burst into the top spot, pushing the Moscow Wolverines into second, and the Hong Kong Stars sailed into third place.
Read on for the details of the exciting week, and stay tuned for recaps of the summer GPL action on a weekly basis.
Day 22 (May 24): Royals, Stars, and Sunset Rise
Lineup: Two six-max Eurasia tournaments, two six-max Americas tournaments.
Eurasia players: Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree (London Royals), Dario Sammartino (Rome Emperors), Bill Perkins (Berlin Bears), Mike Leah (Paris Aviators), Anatoly Filatov (Moscow Wolverines), Raiden Kan (Hong Kong Stars)
Kurganov played the first game and finished second, and Boeree took over for the second game and won it, pushing the Royals up on the leaderboard. Kan took down a second and third place finish for eight points, and Leah grabbed a victory and fifth place for eight points as well. Sammartino had another rough outing, leaving with only two points, and the same went for Wolverines manager Filatov. Perkins nabbed four points, but it wasn’t enough to do much for his team in the standings.
Americas players: Jason Wheeler (New York Rounders), Fedor Holz (LA Sunset), Jonathan Little (Las Vegas Moneymakers), Martin Jacobson (Montreal Nationals), Joao Bauer (Sao Paulo Mets), and Jonathan Jaffe and Faraz Jaka (San Francisco Rush)
Holz and Jacobson each took a win and a third place for their respective teams, pushing the Sunset into second place. Bauer grabbed a second and fifth place for six points, while Jaka took a second place for five. Wheeler grabbed only three points in total, and Little couldn’t get much going and took only two points on the day.
Day 23 (May 25): Lew Sweeps for Stars
Lineup: Three heads-up matches, three games per match for Eurasian teams.
Randy “nanonoko” Lew stepped up for the Stars against Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier of the Aviators. Lew had a good track record in these matches, and he was ready to keep that reputation. He took the first game without much delay, and even though Grospellier tried for a comeback in the second game, Lew had him beat and took him with pocket tens over A-8. Grospellier looked like he might be able to stave off the sweep with an early lead in the third game, but Lew doubled back and then took his A-7 into battle and beat his opponent’s pocket fours for the full nine available points.
Sam Trickett took a seat for the Royals to battle Vladimir Troyanovskiy, and the former quickly set the stage for his aggression in the first game. Not only did he find aces at the right time to grab a good portion of the chips, but Trickett then took his K-T against the A-9 of Troyanovskiy and an ace on the flop. Trickett turned and rivered kings to take the first three points. Troyanovskiy grabbed control of the second game, but Trickett doubled up and ran away with another win. Trickett lost his momentum in the last game, however, and Troyanovskiy took it all the way to the final hand with a straight against Trickett’s trip tens to salvage three points from the match.
Timothy Adams of the Emperors seemed ready for Sorel Mizzi of the Bears, and the two waged quite the battle in the first game, but Mizzi got the best of Adams with pocket sevens over A-9. Adams started strong in the second game, but Mizzi doubled and then challenged with A-T, which won over the K-7 of Adams. Adams again tried to garner three points for his team and did it in the third game. He took the lead and ran it up into a win when his K-5 hit a king to take down the A-J of Mizzi.
Day 24 (May 26): Lavallee Sweeps to Push Nationals Higher
Lineup: Three heads-up matches, three games per match for Americas teams.
The Metropolitans put Joao Bauer in for the team, and San Francisco Rush manager Faraz Jaka put himself into the game. Bauer started very strong, prompting Jaka to fold a few big hands, but Jaka climbed back via a huge double-up. Jaka then found aces to eliminate Bauer for the win. Bauer came out swinging again in the second game, and he rather quickly picked off a bluff and then found a rivered straight with 4-3 to crush the top pair of Jaka. Bauer simply soared in the final game of the trio, and his A-T held against the A-3 of Jaka for a total of six points.
Jason Lavallee was on a roll in heads-up wins for his Montreal Nationals, and Anthony Zinno of the Moneymakers was going to try to stop him. But Lavallee came on strong, pulling off a bluff on the fourth hand of the first game and going on to a quick victory. Lavallee then took a massive pot to start the second game, and on the second hand, Zinno risked his stack with A-J, but Lavallee woke up with pocket kings for the win. Zinno took a massive hand at the start of the final game, doubled with queens, then with Q-T, and then with eights. Zinno then shoved with K-4 but ran into the K-J of Lavallee, who completed the sweep for all nine points.
Tom Marchese of the Rounders was up against Olivier Busquet of the Sunset in the final match of the day. Busquet quickly squashed Marchese’s initial lead, but Marchese retook it and challenged with K-9 against sevens, improving with a king on the flop. Marchese kept the winning ways going with several pots to start the second game, but Busquet doubled twice, then dominated Marchese’s A-9 with A-K for the next three points. Marchese didn’t make anything easy, but Busquet won the key hands and took down the final victory.
Week 8 Final Standings
- London Royals: 97 points
- Moscow Wolverines: 92 points
- Hong Kong Stars: 91 points
- Paris Aviators: 86 points
- Berlin Bears: 74 points
- Rome Emperors: 63 points
- Montreal Nationals: 106 points
- LA Sunset: 95 points
- Montreal Nationals: 87 points
- Sao Paulo Mets: 82 points
- San Francisco Rush: 69 points
- Las Vegas Moneymakers: 65 points