The second-last week of the Global Poker League’s Summer Series heated up with some intense action in the Cube. Broadcast live on Twitch from Las Vegas, three teams scored sweeps to garner much-needed points as Heat V played out.
The Eurasia Conference saw a bit of movement for a few teams. The Moscow Wolverines climbed further into first with a sweep, and the London Royals got out of the second-place tie and took over second place from the Hong Kong Stars. And a sweep for the Rome Emperors finally moved that team up into fifth place, relegating the Berlin Bears to last place in the division.
In the Americas Conference, the Montreal Nationals scored a sweep to secure their first place spot, but the LA Sunset crept up in second place to keep the race tight. The big loss for the Las Vegas Moneymakers kept them in last place, however, and they dropped to last place in the entire GPL.
Here’s how it all went down.
Missed last week’s action? Read it Here: GPL Summer Series Heat IV Sees Sunset and Royals Gain Ground
June 28: Mizzi Mauls Jaffe
Sorel Mizzi visited the Cube on behalf of the Berlin Bears to take on Jonathan Jaffe of the San Francisco Rush. Mizzi quietly but surely whittled away at Jaffe’s stack, putting the latter on a very short one when Jaffe moved all-in with J-10. Mizzi called with K-6 and won. Jaffe came on strong in the second game and charged right into the last hand, where he moved all-in with 8-7 on a K-6-5-4-4 board. Mizzi called with 8-4 to see the straight, and Jaffe took the second game. Jaffe got out to another early lead in the third game, but Mizzi doubled into the lead and proceeded to cripple Jaffe. With K-7, Jaffe risked it all against the 10-9 of Mizzi, who rivered a straight to take six of the available points.
Bears are rising!https://t.co/lgaoEmJGHD— Sorel Mizzi (@sorelmizzi) June 29, 2016
June 29: Kurganov Covers Kenney
New York Rounders team captain Bryn Kenney took his place in the Cube against Igor Kurganov of the London Royals. Kenney took a big lead to kick things off, but Kurganov doubled and then climbed, eventually taking a significant lead. He then took pocket queens into battle on an A-10-7-4-2 board against the 6-4 of Kenney for the win. Kenney quickly took a lead in the second game and kept it, and Kurganov didn’t take long to move with 8-7 on a K-9-7-6-2 board. But Kenney showed pocket aces to tie it up with his three points. Kenney again started with the lead, but Kurganov fought back as in the first game, doubling up and accumulating until Kenney moved all-in with Q-J. Kurganov had A-K, though, and that gave him a total of six points for the day.
Well done Igor!! Super fun games 🙂 https://t.co/KzG7AAmEYR— London Royals (@LDNRoyals) June 30, 2016
June 30: Kanit Sweeps Cody
Mustapha Kanit was in the Cube for the Rome Emperors against Jake Cody of the Las Vegas Moneymakers, and Kanit was determined to get his team out of last place in the Eurasia division. Kanit did come out with some aggressive play and won the first game with K-5 over A-Q when a king hit the turn. Kanit continued the pressure in the second game and won that one easily with A-9 over A-4. Cody again had a tough time gaining any ground in the third game, and he finally pushed with K-5 but met with the A-8 of Kanit. The brooms came out, and Kanit swept the match to garner all nine points.
June 30: Lefrancois Sweeps Kitai
In the second match of the day, Davidi Kitai stepped into the Cube for the Paris Aviators against Pascal Lefrancois of the Montreal Nationals. The first game saw the two exchange the lead back and forth until Lefrancois found A-8 to take on the J-8 of Kitai for the first three points. Kitai had a tough time again in the second game, and Lefrancois took control to get to the last hand with pocket queens. Kitai had A-4 but couldn’t improve, and Lefrancois won. Kitai lost a huge pot to start the third game when he ran into the pocket aces of Lefrancois. Kitai did attempt a comeback, but Lefrancois stopped him and crushed Kitai’s pocket aces in the final hand with Q-J and a rivered two pair. Lefrancois completed the sweep.
July 1: Lebedev Sweeps Bauer
Sergey Lebedev was in for the Moscow Wolverines, and Joao Bauer took his place for the Sao Paulo Mets. The two battled back and forth in a lengthy game. Bauer began to make a comeback from a very short stack, but he lost a big hand with Q-J versus the A-5 of Lebedev. The first three points went to Lebedev a few hands later. The two had another up-and-down game to follow the first, but Lebedev made the comeback and took it to the last hand where K-Q beat A-7 when a queen hit the river. The final game lasted just seven hands, though, and Lebedev rivered two pair holding 10-9 to beat Bauer’s A-K. Lebedev completed the sweep for all nine points.
July 3: Busquet Beats Zhang
Olivier Busquet took to the Cube for the LA Sunset against Weiyi Zyang of the Hong Kong Stars. Busquet dominated in the first game, quickly whittling his opponent’s stack down until Zhang moved all-in with sevens only to discover Busquet had eights. Busquet took the first three points and jumped out to another lead in the second game. Zhang got back to even, and the two exchanged double-ups, but Busquet led when Zhang moved in with pocket deuces. Busquet had eights again and won again. Zhang started strong in the third game, and despite Busquet doubling into the lead, Zhang retook it. Busquet risked the last of his chips with K-4, but Zhang had A-Q and took three points to end the match.
Summer Series Heat 5 Final Standings
- Moscow Wolverines: 119 points
- London Royals: 109 points
- Hong Kong Stars: 106 points
- Paris Aviators: 101 points
- Rome Emperors: 90 points
- Berlin Bears: 89 points
- Montreal Nationals: 133 points
- LA Sunset: 128 points
- Sao Paulo Mets: 109 points
- New York Rounders: 102 points
- San Francisco Rush: 96 points
- Las Vegas Moneymakers: 86 points