The Cube was solidly in place, and the players were more excited than ever to take their places in the new Las Vegas studio to compete for points in the Global Poker League.
The second heat of the GPL’s Summer Series wrapped on Friday, June 17, with some changes to the standings in both the Eurasia and Americas divisions. Randy Lew scored a sweep for the Hong Kong Stars this week to push his team up to second place, and the Moscow Wolverines were relegated to third place. And Thiago Nishijima’s sweep for the Sao Paulo Mets set his team firmly in third place and sent the New York Rounders to fourth.
The matches this week were thrilling, and three sweeps – for the aforementioned Mets, Stars, and the LA Sunset courtesy of Fedor Holz – took the games to another level of competition. As the summer in Las Vegas heats up, so do the games of the GPL.
Day 7 (June 12): Leah Loses to Little
Mike Leah of the Paris Aviators faced Jonathan Little of the Las Vegas Moneymakers in the first battle of the day. Leah got off to a good start, but Little mounted a big comeback and soared to the final hand with kings to beat the eights of Leah. Little started with a nice lead in the second game, but Leah was the one on the comeback trail that time, taking a few hands to grab the lead. Little then shoved with 9-6 on a Q-9-6-5-2 board, but Leah called with 8-7 for the straight and the game. Little got very aggressive in the third game and leapt way ahead early, ultimately taking A-T for the win against the 9-6 of Leah. Little took six points to the three of Leah.
Day 8 (June 12): Ladouceur Tops Yaroshevsky
(Note: This match was rescheduled for June 12 at player requests.) Montreal Nationals team manager Marc-Andre Ladouceur went into the Cube to take on Igor Yaroshevsky of the Moscow Wolverines, but the latter got control of the game fairly early. With Ladouceur reduced to just a few big blinds, he doubled but then ran his jacks into the A-6 of Yaroshevsky with an ace on the flop. Yaroshevsky took some confidence into the second game but quickly lost a big pot to Ladouceur. The two then went back and forth until Ladouceur got ahead and took K-2 against Q-T and caught a deuce on the turn to garner three points. Ladouceur got the best of Yaroshevsky in the last game as well, when his A-9 beat A-2. Ladouceur grabbed six points, leaving only three for Yaroshevsky.
Day 9 (June 14): Nishijima Sweeps Bonomo
Justin Bonomo of the London Royals started the first game against Thiago Nishijima of the Sao Paulo Mets looking strong, but each player had tricks up their short sleeves. Nishijima was down to fewer than 10 big blinds at one point, but he mounted a comeback and took it on to the last hand, where his K-8 devoured the Q-8 of Bonomo. The two had another back-and-forth battle in the second game, but it was Nishijima who shoved with A-5 against the jacks of Bonomo and rivered a flush to take the second game. Nishijima continued playing a very aggressive game and ultimately ran over Bonomo in the third game when A-7 beat A-2 to complete the sweep. Bonomo netted zero points, as Nishijima garnered all nine of them for the Mets.
Day 10 (June 15): Lew Sweeps Wheeler
Randy Lew of the Hong Kong Stars was the victim of a sweep by Martin Jacobson last week and sought redemption this week as he took on Jason Wheeler of the New York Rounders. Lew got off to an amazing start by defeating Wheeler in just two hands to win the first match. Lew started strong in the second game, too, by flopping a flush and getting Wheeler to bet into it. Wheeler began a comeback and doubled into the lead, but Lew pushed back and took A-7 into battle against the A-T of Wheeler but rivered a flush for the win. Lew then impressed with another win in the last game to complete the sweep. Wheeler lost all three games, giving all nine points to Lew.
Day 11 (June 16): Holz Sweeps Mizzi
Sorel Mizzi of the Berlin Bears was ready to accumulate some much-needed points for his team, but Fedor Holz of the LA Sunset wasn’t having it. Holz quickly took the lead from Mizzi in the first game and took A-K into the last hand against Mizzi’s K-J for the win. Mizzi looked strong in the second game, but Holz slowly but surely chipped up and into the lead before taking K-J all-in against the A-6 of Mizzi. A king on the flop gave Holz another three points. Mizzi crippled Holz early in the third game, but Holz doubled and climbed back. The two continued to double through each other until Mizzi tried it with A-4 only to run into the A-Q of Holz. All nine points went to Holz in this match.
3-0'd @sorelmizzi in today's GPL match… Feeling like I made some good laydowns there!— Fedor Holz (@CrownUpGuy) June 16, 2016
Day 12 (June 17): Adams Aces Galfond
Timothy Adams of the Rome Emperors raced ahead of Phil Galfond of the San Francisco Rush in the first game with a big double-up, and despite a Galfond double-up in response, Adams came back and won the three points. Galfond moved ahead in the second game, but Adams again scored a key double-up, then took pocket kings into the final hand against the 7-6 of Galfond to win another. The third game was a quick one, as Galfond took an early lead, and Adams moved all-in on the 12th hand with T-9 on an A-K-J-6-4 board with a missed flush. Galfond had K-T for the win. Galfond took three points to avoid the sweep, but Adams captured his first overall victory of the season with six points.
Summer Series Heat 2 Final Standings
- London Royals: 100 points
- Hong Kong Stars: 100 points
- Moscow Wolverines: 98 points
- Paris Aviators: 92 points
- Berlin Bears: 74 points
- Rome Emperors: 72 points
- Montreal Nationals: 121 points
- LA Sunset: 110 points
- Sao Paulo Mets: 100 points
- New York Rounders: 93 points
- San Francisco Rush: 78 points
- Las Vegas Moneymakers: 77 points