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GPI’s Own World Cup of Poker Announced

After acquiring the European Poker Awards and setting the stage for the all-new American Poker Awards, the Global Poker Index is ready for the next level.

With less than a week away from the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the ranking company announced the launch of its own version of the World Cup “for the Sport of Poker.”

The new competition named the Global Poker Masters (GPM) will make its debut in 2015 and will feature a multi-round Sit’N’Go Invitation-Only tournament with a $10,000 buy-in and $100,000 added money prize.

Only GPI’s top nine highest ranked countries will qualify for the exclusive event with each country bringing in four of its best players based on the GPI Player of the Year leaderboard.

Furthermore, according to a PokerNews interview with CEO Alex Dreyfus, play will consist of four groups with one player from each country in every group. Overall, there will be 16 SNGs with players constantly changing groups every time the tournament they are playing in is over.

Every tournament will give players a certain amount of points according to their placement. The winner of the Global Poker Masters will then be the country that, at the end of the 16th tournament, will have aggregated the highest number of points.”

The venue and the exact dates will be announced this July; also, the event will be streamlined online with the feature table play being aired on TV.

Note that this is not the first event of its kind. Ten years ago, PokerStars launched an annual tournament specially designed for national teams called the World Cup of Poker. The preliminary rounds are held online while the finals are organized in the Bahamas. The first two editions were won by Costa Rica while last year, Russia prevailed.

Since the GPM is based on a worldwide yearly ranking, we can hope that things can only get better and that this event can truly become a competition where the best of the best in the poker world meet.

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