The League

The full Global Poker League consists of 12 league-owned teams from all around the world. Connected to cities with teams expected to hail from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Montreal, Sao Paolo, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Moscow and Hong Kong. Teams will be announced on February 25th, 2016.

Team Managers

Total Lifetime Winnings: $2,977,203 | Liv Boeree, a former EPT San Remo Champion & co-founder of the Raising for Effective Giving charity organization, remains one of the most recognizable players in poker & a Team PokerStars Pro.

Total Lifetime Winnings: $5,815,738 | A legend in the French poker scene, Fabrice Soulier is an 18-time winner on the live tournament poker circuit. The former television director won the $10K H.O.R.S.E. Championship at the 2011 WSOP.

Total Lifetime Winnings: $9,704,018 | One of the most successful tournament players in German history, Philipp Gruissem now spends time working on Raising For Effective Giving, a charity he founded with fellow poker pros Liv Boeree & Igor Kurganov.

Total Lifetime Winnings: $1,298,838 | Anatoly is a Russian-born pro with over $1.6 million in online cashes boosting his live lifetime winnings – which include a runner-up finish in the 2012 EPT Vienna High Roller

Total Lifetime Winnings: $577,577 | Shanghai born Celina Lin is a Macau regular whose consistent live results have pushed her to a peak GPI rank of #2 in China. A newly minted PokerStars Team Pro, she has a Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon event win under her belt.

Total Lifetime Winnings: $4,176,786 | A trailblazer for poker in Italy, Max Pescatori, the man known the world over as “The Italian Pirate”, needs no introduction. The four-time WSOP bracelet winner has spent over 10 years on the live tournament poker circuit.

Lifetime Earnings: $8,574,979 | One of the game’s most consistent pros, New York state native Bryn Kenney has stayed within the GPI Top 100 global rankings for over 5 years, with a majority of that time spent as one of the Top 10 players in the world.

Total Lifetime Winnings: $1,708,584 | Maria Ho remains one of the most respected players on the felt. Besides playing & providing voice talent for Poker Night in America & Poker Central, Maria has made appearances with best friend Tiffany Michelle in ‘The Amazing Race’.

Total Lifetime Winnings: $5,008,642 | Former WPT Player of the Year, Faraz Jaka has been one of the most consistent pros on tour for close to 10 years now. A perennial traveler, Jaka has been featured on CNNMoney in the special ‘Homeless Millionaire Poker Player’.

Total Lifetime Winnings: $3,586,676 | The man responsible for igniting the poker boom, Chris Moneymaker is the everyday man who turned a satellite victory into a win for the ages in the 2003 WSOP Main Event. Moneymaker is now completing in his 12th season on the circuit.

Total Lifetime Winnings: $1,704,611 | From humble beginnings running his own home game, Marc-Andre Ladouceur has become one of Canada’s top players with multiple EPT final tables including a win at EPT San Remo season 9 for $170,951

Total Lifetime Winnings: $1,423,227 | A Sao Paulo native, Andre Akkari jumped from software development into poker through a chance encounter in the game. Since then he’s collected endless final table appearances, a WSOP bracelet victory & over $1.4 Million in lifetime earnings.


how the draft works


To make the game more engaging & help break Poker’s status quo GPI will highlight a number of new additions to live and online play:

• Live heads up and 6 player matches with time limitations via 30 to 45 minute “action clocks” counting down during each player’s turn (think: the same dynamic as chess clocks during speed chess).

• Players playing standing up rather than seated live in the studio and in The Cube™ to give viewers a new perspective on players emotions, expressions and competitive fight.

• Hybrid digital/ live competition on tables with digital cards and real RFID enabled chips to quicken live play by 4 times compared to conventional live poker gameplay.

• Online matches held on a proprietary poker platform built from the ground up to offer the most inclusive, engaging fan experience and allow room for constant improvement.


The GPL Regular Season:

Consists of 12 Weeks of twice-weekly competition spread across online platforms, live in-studio heads-up matches and punctuated by live feature events played out at iconic venues within The Cube™ – GPL’s signature gaming ring.


The GPL World Championships:

Post Season Competition will play out live in a 1st tier Sports Arena in the United States in the summer of 2016. Exact dates and venue are due to be announced in the coming weeks.


All Regular Season GPL matches will be livestreamed online and available on the largest OTT platforms, with exclusive weekly pre-game shows featuring a panel of analysts and experts.

The Cube

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