GPL Expands to China, Announces Eight Regional Teams

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The Global Poker League had already said it planned to expand into China, but no one knew just how big the expansion would be.

Pretty big, it turns out.

The company made an announcement today that a stand-alone GPL China Season 1 will debut this spring with eight teams.

Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen are among the cities that officially scored GPL teams for the upcoming season.

Reviewing Applications for Team Managers

GPL China will operate independently from the main league but will feature the familiar No-Limit Hold’em team format.

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More changes coming.

Here’s a look at the eight initial teams for the league:

  • Beijing Great Dragons

  • Shanghai Golden Tigers
  • Guanghzou Pioneers
  • Shenzhen Eagles
  • Hangzhou Legends
  • Xi'an Warriors
  • Chengdu Pandas
  • Tianjin Guardians

Once again team managers will decide the make up of each team and the GPL is currently reviewing applications for the positions.

Like the main league, GPL China will feature a live stream as well as live events. The GPL already has a major partner in China with online gaming giant Tencent Poker.

GPL China will begin right after the Spring Festival in China.

The inaugural GPL season came to a close earlier this month when the Montreal Nationals scored their first championship after beating the Berlin Bears in extended best of 11 series that played out in The Cube in Las Vegas.

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