Global Poker League Begins with Live-Streamed Action

GPL Start

It's finally time to see what the Global Poker League is all about.

The first round of the GPL kicked off earlier today. Read on to find out who’s playing, who’re the wildcards and which team managers didn’t pick themselves.

Three years after it was conceived of, the Global Poker League is finally off to start. Yesterday, the final wildcards were announced by the team managers – all except one, that is.

The GPL Wildcards

These are the players who’ve been picked as wildcards by their team managers:


Wildcard 1

Wildcard 2

Montreal Nationals/Marc-Andre Ladouceur

Marc-Andre Laduceur

Pascal LeFrancois

San Francisco Rush/Faraz Jaka

Jonathan Jaffe

Faraz Jaka

Berlin Bears/Philipp Gruissem

Bill Perkins

Daniel Cates

London Royals/Liv Boeree

Sam Trickett

Liv Boeree

Paris Aviators/Fabrice Soulier

Alexandre Luneau

Fabrice Soulier

Las Vegas Moneymakers/Chris Moneymaker

Scott Ball

Chris Moneymaker

New York Rounders/Andy Frankenberger

Tyler Kenney

Bryn Kenney

Sao Paolo Mets/Andre Akkari

Felipe Ramos

Joao Bauer

Hong Kong Stars/Celina Lin

Randy Lew

Celina Lin

Moscow Wolverines/Anatoly Filatov

Igor Yaroshevsky

Anatoly Filatov

Rome Emperors/Max Pescatori

Todd Brunson

Max Pescatori

LA Sunset/Maria Ho



All the team managers picked themselves as wildcards, except Phil Gruissem of the Berlin Bears and Andre Akkari of the Sao Paolo Mets.

Gruissem is certainly the manager whose wildcard picks were the most sensational. You've got online heavyweight Dan Cates on one hand and lively table talker and amateur Bill Perkins on the other. It's a dynamic mix.

Igor Yaroshevsky, picked by Anatoly Filatov for the Moscow Wolverines is the highest GPI ranking (#45) wildcard, while Bill Perkins (#13786) is the lowest.

Chris Moneymaker’s decision to bring in Scott Ball of Twitch is going to be interesting, while Bryn Kenney bringing his own brother in give off the impression of a choice that wasn’t necessarily governed by poker only.

Find all the teams and players here.

First Round Starts Today

The first week of play will consist of four 6-max and six heads-up matches, played out on the GPL’s own poker client.


First 6-max; 6 PM CET;

Second 6-max; 7.40 PM CET;

London Royals

Igor Kurganov

Chris Moorman

Rome Emperors

Walter Treccarichi

Walter Treccarichi

Berlin Bears

Daniel Cates

Daniel Cates

Paris Aviators

Davidi Kitai

Davidi Kitai

Moscow Wolverines   

Dzmitry Urbanovich                 

Dzmitry Urbanovich

Hong Kong Stars

Weiyi Zhang

Raiden Khan



Third 6-max; 9.30 PM, Americas

Fourth 6-max; 11.10 PM; Americas

New York Rounders

Jason Wheeler

Jason Wheeler

LA Sunset

Fedor Holz

Fedor Holz

San Francisco Rush

Tony Gregg

Tony Gregg

Las Vegas Moneymakers

Anthony Zinno

Anthony Zinno

Montreal Nationals

Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald

Sao Paolo Mets

Byron Kaverman

Byron Kaverman

Wednesday and Thursday will see the following match-ups

  • Randy Lew/Hong Kong Stars vs Sergey Lebedev/Moscow Wolverines
  • Dan “jungleman” Cates/Berlin Bears vs Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier/Paris Aviators
  • Timothy Adams/Rome Emperors vs Justin Bonomo/London Royals
  • Olivier Busquet/LA Sunset vs Darren Elias/Sao Paolo Mets
  • Martin Jacobson/Montreal Nationals vs Anton Wigg/San Francisco Rush
  • tba/New York Rounders vs tba/Las Vegas Moneymakers

All the matches will be live on Twitch, and the broadcast begins at 5.30 PM with an introductory show.

You can watch live below:

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