About a week ago we brought to you a much ignored post about how Alex Dreyfus and our pals over at the Global Poker Index were looking to “sportfy” poker. Well, if you know anything about sports, you know that to organize them – you need a league.
Here comes the “GPL”. The Global Poker League.
What is it? Well, we’re not exactly sure just yet. We do know it’s the name of the latest product/idea from the GPI to mainstream the game of poker and what it hopes to do is create a watchable, followable structure for poker complete with team stats and a league schedule.
Dreyfus expanded on his idea in his GPI blog:
The initial vision is to have a series of live events akin to a sports season co-hosted by international poker events, with between six to eight different franchises (poker teams) competing against one another with initial seasons lasting a short three to four months.
You get the idea. Johnny Bax will be poker’s version of Jerry Jones. PokerNews will webcas Vanessa Selbst’s “The Decision”. Team uniforms with names like 'MONSTER DONG’ printed on the back. Daniel Negreanu will be sideline interviewed by Kara Scott about how he’s just taking the game “one hand at a time.” (ok, this already happens.)
GPL teams will consist of “draftable” players from GPI’s Rankings and wildcard entries. I’ve already presented this concept, and terms for participation, to a number of prospective future team owners. It’s been an extremely positive experience – reception has been warm across the board and we’ve already had a number of commitments from intrigued future ‘franchise’ owners. Commitments from leading figures from both in front of and behind the felt are rolling in too.
Maybe we can ever see the return of the controversial “ethics committee”! That epic idea went over well the last time someone tried it.
So, are you ready for some poker? Tweet at us, let us know if you’d be excited to see a new poker league. Also, what team names would you propose?