Cheat Sheet for Global Poker League Draft, American Poker Awards

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You might as well get used to hearing the words Global Poker League today because you’re going to be hearing them a lot.

The inaugural GPL draft is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PST today and once that’s concluded the American Poker Awards will kick off at 8:30 p.m. PST.

Both events will be taking place in LA at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and the GPL even launched a re-designed website to coincide with the momentous day.

You can follow the entire thing via Twitch but here’s a guide to get you all caught up.

Pescatori’s Rome Emperors Kick Off Draft

Max Pescatori
Max Pescatori

The GPL draft lottery occurred earlier this month with Max Pescatori’s Rome Emperors snagging the coveted #1 overall pick.

PokerListings International took a crack at a semblance of a mock draft if you want to get a rough idea of who might go where.

Once the draft kicks off today at 1:30 p.m. there will be a total of four rounds. The team managers for all 12 teams will be on hand to hand-pick their team.

After the draft there will be “wildcard” selections where the team managers can pick players that weren’t necessary draft eligible.

The GPL is a snake draft, which means the order is reversed for the second round. That means the team that picks #1 overall will have to wait until the 24th pick to choose again.

Here’s a look at how the rounds will go:

Round 1

1. Rome Emperors
2. Montreal Nationals
3. New York Rounders
4. San Francisco Rush
5. Las Vegas Moneymakers
6. Sao Paulo Metropolitans
7. London Royals
8. Moscow Wolverines
9. Los Angeles Sunset
10. Berlin Bears
11. Paris Aviators
12. Hong Kong Stars

Round 2

13. Hong Kong Stars
14. Paris Aviators
15. Berlin Bears
16. Los Angeles Sunset
17. Moscow Wolverines
18. London Royals
19. Sao Paulo Metropolitans
20. Las Vegas Moneymakers
21. San Francisco Rush
22. New York Rounders
23. Montreal Nationals
24. Rome Emperors

Round 3

25. Rome Emperors
26. Montreal Nationals
27. New York Rounders
28. San Francisco Rush
29. Las Vegas Moneymakers
30. Sao Paulo Metropolitans
31. London Royals
32. Moscow Wolverines
33. Los Angeles Sunset
34. Berlin Bears
35. Paris Aviators
36. Hong Kong Stars

Round 4

37. Hong Kong Stars
38. Paris Aviators
39. Berlin Bears
40. Los Angeles Sunset
41. Moscow Wolverines
42. London Royals
43. Sao Paulo Metropolitans
44. Las Vegas Moneymakers
45. San Francisco Rush
46. New York Rounders
47. Montreal Nationals
48. Rome Emperors

Negreanu, Gorodinsky Up for American Poker Awards

Daniel Negreanu fistbump 2015 WSOP Day 3
Award-winning performance?

After the draft wraps, attention will turn to the 2nd Annual American Poker Awards.

This year there’s a diverse assortment of award categories including everything from Tournament Performance of the Year to Poker Innovation of the Year.

Here’s a look at the various categories this year and the nominees:

Moment of the Year

Anthony Zinno goes back-to-back, winning WPT Fallsview, WPT L.A. Poker Classic
Phil Hellmuth wins bracelet #14 in WSOP Razz Championship
Daniel Negreanu busts 11th in WSOP Main Event
Over 22,000 players enter WSOP Colossus for chance at a gold bracelet

Tournament Performance of the Year

Mike Gorodinsky, WSOP Poker Players' Championship
Joseph McKeehen, WSOP Main Event
Anthony Zinno, WPT L.A. Poker Classic
Jonathan Duhamel, WSOP One Drop High Roller

Breakout Performance of the Year

Kelly Minkin
Joshua Beckley
Cate Hall
Asher Conniff

Event of the Year (Buy-in Up to $2,000)

WSOP The Colossus, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
WSOP Millionaire Maker, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
WPTDeepStacks DSPT Championship, Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Calgary
WPT500 at ARIA, Las Vegas

Event of the Year (Buy-in Over $2,000)

Super High Roller Bowl, ARIA, Las Vegas
WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Hollywood, FL
WSOP Main Event, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
WSOP One Drop High Roller, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

Charitable Initiative of the Year

Chad Brown Memorial Tournament (Maria Ho, Vanessa Rousso)
Charity Series of Poker (Matthew Stout)
Tiger's Poker Night (hosted by Tiger Woods, WPT Foundation)
WSOP One Drop High Roller / Litte One for One Drop

Industry Person of the Year

Matt Savage, TDA Founder, WPT Executive Director
Jack Effel, WSOP Vice President and Tournament Director
William Mason, Seminole Hard Rock Director of Poker
John Pappas, Poker Players Alliance Executive Director

Media Person of the Year

Jason Somerville
Joey Ingram
Kevin Mathers
Donnie Peters

Poker Presenter of the Year

Sarah Herring
Kara Scott
Joseph Stapleton
David Tuchman

Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year

WSOP introduces The Colossus
Poker Central launches 24/7 television network
SHRPO (in conjunction with PNIA) livestreams four FT's in same room/at same time
WSOP adds online bracelet event (with live final table)

Media Content of the Year

BUST, an Insider's Account of Greenville's Underground Poker Scene (Brad Willis)
Faraz Jaka: Homeless Poker Millionaire, CNN Money (Jaka, Gayles, Carson)
Jason Somerville's record Twitch Broadcast during WCOOP in September 2015
Joe Giron shoots photo of Negreanu crumbled on the floor after WSOP Main Event elimination

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