Kanit, Timex Go 1st, 2nd in First-Ever Global Poker League Draft

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The biggest draft in the history of poker is in the books and 48 players have been assigned to the 12 teams in the Global Poker League.

Teams were allowed to draft from a list of 203 players hand-selected from the top 1,000 players on the Global Poker Index.

Each team manager was allowed to pick players from anywhere in the world, regardless of geographic location.

Teams picked four players today but they are also still allowed an two extra “wildcard” picks, which doesn’t have to necessarily be GPL eligible.

Interestingly a couple players dropped out of the Global Poker League at the last minute. Antonio Esfandiari and Canadian grinder Shawn Buchanan had to pull out of the GPL due to personal reasons.

Here's a look at all the picks:

Rome Emperors

Team Manager: Max Pescatori

Picks:

  • 1. Mustapha Kanit
  • 24. Dario Sammartino
  • 25. Timothy Adams
  • 48. Walter Treccarichi

Montreal Nationals

Team Manager: Marc-Andre Ladouceur

Picks:

  • 2. Mike “Timex” McDonald
  • 23. Martin Jacobson
  • 26. Pascal Lefrancois
  • 47. Xuan Liu

New York Rounders

Team Manager: Bryn Kenney

Picks:

  • 3. Jason Mercier
  • 22. Tom Marchese
  • 27. Kevin MacPhee
  • 46. Jason Wheeler

San Francisco Rush

Team Manager: Faraz Jaka

Picks:

  • 4. Phil Galfond
  • 21. Anthony Gregg
  • 28. Kitty Kuo
  • 45. Anton Wigg

Las Vegas Moneymakers

Team Manager: Chris Moneymaker

Picks:

  • 5. Anthony Zinno
  • 20. Jonathan Duhamel
  • 29. Jake Cody
  • 44. Jonathan Little

Sao Paulo Metropolitans

Team Manager: Andre Akkari

Picks:

  • 6. Darren Elias
  • 19. Byron Kaverman
  • 30. Thiago Nishijima
  • 43. Joao Pires Simao

London Royals

Team Manager: Liv Boeree

Picks:

  • 7. Igor Kurganov
  • 18. Vanessa Selbst
  • 31. Chris Moorman
  • 42. Justin Bonomo

Moscow Wolverines

Team Manager: Anatoly Filatov

Picks:

  • 8. Dzmitry Urbanovich
  • 17. Vladimir Troyanovskiy
  • 32. Andrey Pateychuk
  • 41. Sergey Lebedev

Los Angeles Sunset

Team Manager: Maria Ho

Picks:

  • 9. Fedor Holz
  • 16. Olivier Busquet
  • 33. Eugene Katchalov
  • 40. Chance Kornuth

Berlin Bears

Team Manager: Phillip Gruissem

Picks:

  • 10. Brian Rast
  • 15. Sorel Mizzi
  • 34. Dominik Nitsche
  • 39. Jeff Gross

Paris Aviators

Team Manager: Fabrice Soulier

Picks:

  • 11. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
  • 14. Davidi Kitai
  • 35. George Danzer
  • 38. Mike Leah

Hong Kong Stars

Team Manager: Celina Lin

Picks:

  • 12. Weiya Zhang
  • 13. Raiden Kan
  • 36. Dong Guo
  • 37. Bryan Huang

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