Just as poker players in Las Vegas took their seats for the WSOP Main Event, the Global Poker League wrapped up its Summer Series in the Cube. Players from all over the world took to the Cube over the past several weeks to represent their GPL teams and demonstrate the competitiveness that poker offers.
When it was all said and done, the Montreal Nationals kept up their winning ways and ended the Summer Series with an astounding 145 points, which was 11 points ahead of the LA Sunset in their division and 23 points ahead of the top-ranked Eurasia team, the Moscow Wolverines.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Berlin Bears now stand with just 92 points, the lowest in the entire GPL. Just a few points away are the Las Vegas Moneymakers with 95 points and Rome Emperors with 96. Those are the only three teams still yet to catapult over the 100-point mark.
The final week of action – the sixth heat of the summer – delivered some exciting matches, including sweeps for the San Francisco Rush and Las Vegas Moneymakers. Check out each match and how the players did in their final live games of the regular season.
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July 3: Kanit Coolers Kaverman
Byron Kaverman took his place in the Cube for the Sao Paulo Mets to take on Mustapha Kanit of the Rome Emperors. Kaverman came on strong and took his momentum all the way in the first game. Kanit was short and pushed with A-9, but Kaverman’s K-10 caught a ten on the flop to win. Kanit dominated in the second game, however, and pushed Kaverman down to less than a dozen big blinds. Kaverman risked it with K-6, but Kanit’s Q-3 caught two queens on the flop for victory. Kanit took an early lead in the tie-breaker, but Kaverman started on a nice comeback. But Kanit stopped him, ultimately holding deuces against the A-4 of Kaverman that never improved. Kanit took six of the nine total points.
July 5: Ball Sweeps Lew
Randy Lew stood in for team manager Celina Lin of the Hong Kong Stars to face friend Scott Ball of the Las Vegas Moneymakers. The two went back and forth in the first game, but Ball doubled up and soared to the final hand with pocket queens, which defeated the A-8 of Lew. Ball quickly got off to a lead in the second game and kept it until the last hand, when Lew pushed with 7-4 on a K-J-9-5 with a flush draw. Ball called with K-5, and the two pair won the second game for Ball. The third game started off slow for both players, and though Ball took the lead with a big bluff, Lew came back. Ball turned it back around, though, and then shoved with 6-2 of spades on a Q-3-2 board with two spades. Lew slow-rolled but did call with Q-3. But a spade came on the river to give Ball the flush and the sweep.
July 5: Liu Lashes Cates
Xuan Liu made her Cube debut for the Montreal Nationals against Dan Cates of the Berlin Bears. The first game saw them exchange the lead back and forth until Cates took it into the last hand. Liu pushed her short stack with 8-6 but ran into Cates’ aces to give Cates the first three points. Liu had a rough start to the second game, but a misclick from Cates gave her some momentum, and Liu crippled him. Cates doubled once and then pushed with 8-6 against Liu’s K-Q. He hit the flop but she found a queen on the river for the win. The two had a roller coaster battle in the third game until Liu took the lead and then picked up pocket queens. Cates shoved with J-7 on a flop of 8-6-4, but the queens held to give Liu a total of six points.
July 6: Kornuth Covers Filatov
Moscow Wolverines team manager Anatoly Filatov filled in today as all of his team members were playing the WSOP, and he faced off against Chance Kornuth of the LA Sunset. Filatov was firing away and took the lead into the last hand, where his A-8 bested the A-J of Kornuth when an eight hit the turn. Filatov took an early lead in the second game, but Kornuth came back and took over, ultimately showing Q-6 to the J-5 of Filatov to tie it up. Kornuth started the last game with a big lead and never gave it up. In a short time, Filatov pushed his short stack with A-Q but ran into Kornuth’s deuces, which held up to give Kornuth six points for the day.
July 7: Wheeler Wins over Grospellier
Jason Wheeler was in the Cube to represent the New York Rounders and take on Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier of the Paris Aviators. Wheeler started strong, and when Grospellier doubled to take a big lead, Wheeler made a stellar comeback to win the first game. Wheeler did the same in the next game but never gave Grospellier a chance to chip up at all. When Grospellier finally moved with J-9, Wheeler had pocket nines to take that win as well. The two battled back and forth in the last game, with Grospellier in control for much of that one and ultimately picking up the pocket nines. Wheeler shoved his short stack with 6-5 suited but never caught up, leaving Grospellier to pick up the last three points.
And that's it! ElkY wins the last game. Final score 2 – 1 New York Rounders vs. Paris Aviators. GG guys! https://t.co/bPzXFtILLY— Global Poker League (@gpl) July 7, 2016
July 8: Wigg Sweeps Moorman
The London Royals put the top online poker tournament player in the world, Chris Moorman, in for the final match of the summer to take on Anton Wigg of the San Francisco Rush. But it was Wigg who came out aggressively and won the first match with K-Q over Q-J on the ninth hand. Wigg dominated in the second game as well, and his A-3 in the final hand won over the K-6 of Moorman. It was Moorman taking an early lead in the last game, but the two then exchanged it several times before Wigg doubled into the lead. Wigg then had pocket sixes on the last hand against the K-10 of Moorman, and the board delivered another six on the flop to give Wigg all nine points for the sweep.
Summer Series Heat 6 Final Standings
- Moscow Wolverines: 122 points
- London Royals: 109 points
- Hong Kong Stars: 106 points
- Paris Aviators: 104 points
- Rome Emperors: 96 points
- Berlin Bears: 92 points
- Montreal Nationals: 145 points
- LA Sunset: 134 points
- Sao Paulo Mets: 112 points
- New York Rounders: 108 points
- San Francisco Rush: 105 points
- Las Vegas Moneymakers: 95 points