The Global Poker League may not have got off to the polished start that some of us were expecting but it was surely entertaining.
If you want to avoid the spoilers and watch all the action, just scroll down to the bottom where there are videos of the action and highlight reels too! There is even a short 3 minute video that explains all about the GPL.
Technical difficulties seemed to plague the coverage from the start with PokerCentral finally giving up on Day 1 and conceding that they would not be able to broadcast and of the matches.
But they came back strong on Day 2 having sorted out whatever those “difficulties” were.
The league format and scoring system seemed to suffer from technical difficulties of its own with winning points, at first, not being properly attributed to the right teams – we saw this happen between the LA Sunset & the Sao Paulo Mets.
Dan “Jungleman” Cates of the Berlin Bears made eyes roll as he called off his stack holding Jack-Eight suited as he played against Tony Gregg from the San Francisco Rush. Jungleman later admitted on twitter that he’d been playing a cash game on the side – ouch! That’s got to hurt.
An ill timed joke by Montreal Nationals manager Marc-André Ladouceur which saw him tweet a picture of him watching the GPL on an iPad whilst driving caused some backlash (the tweet has since been removed).
At the time of writing, we see that the Hong Kong Stars have stormed into the lead on the Eurasia standings and are even 8 points ahead of the leading Americas teams of the New York Rounders and Las Vegas Moneymakers.
The final standings at the end of day 2 look like this:
Hong Kong Stars: 18 points
Paris Aviators: 16 points
London Royals: 12 points
Rome Emperors: 9 points
Moscow Wolverines: 5 points
Berlin Bears: 3 points
New York Rounders: 10 points
Las Vegas Moneymakers – 10 points
Montreal Nationals: 9 points
Sao Paulo Mets: 4 points
Los Angeles Sunset : 3 points
San Fransisco Rush: 0 points