London Squeak! Royals Nab Last GPL Playoff Spot; Paris Out


Wolverines, Stars, Bears, Royals.

It took every last c-bet, bluff and flip but the four teams from the EurAsia Conference that will head to Vegas for the Global Poker League playoffs are finally set.

What evolved into a surprisingly tight race among all six teams in the conference literally came down to the wire today to decide who would advance and who would stay home.

Down to the last game of the last match of the regular season, Anatoly Filatov of the Moscow Wolverines defeated Alex Luneau of the Paris Aviators to leave the Aviators and London Royals tied for fourth spot.

With one more overall win, that meant the Royals advance and the Aviators, led by Fabrice Soulier, are done for GPL Season 1.

Wolverines, Nationals Hit Vegas with Advantage

Filatov's 2-1 win over Luneau was icing on the cake for the Wolverines as they were guaranteed to top the table before the final match started.

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Fan of the Deep V, Dasher of Dreams.

With the extra 6 points they finish at 171 total - 7 points more than the second-place Hong Kong Stars, led again today by Randy "Nanonoko" Lew.

With a 2-1 win today over Dominik Nitsche of the Berlin Bears, Lew reclaimed the title of GPL top scorer for the regular season with 69 points. Olivier Busquet is second with 65 points.

Despite just 3 points Nitsche did lock in a playoff spot for the upstart Bears, who started the season very slow but came on strong late led by Nitsche, Brian Rast and Jeff Gross.

The Royals, meanwhile, lost their first game today before Justin Bonomo stormed back to win the final two and eliminate Mustapha Kanit and the Rome Emperors.

Final Standings in the EurAsia Conference:

Over in the Americas Conference the San Francisco Rush locked up the final playoff spot yesterday with an impressive win from Phil Galfond and a clean sweep of the NY Rounders by Scott Ball.

Montreal won the conference handily with the LA Sunset and Sao Paolo Mets in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Final Standings in the Americas Conference:

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Back to the Cube!

The eight remaining teams now set their sights on Las Vegas where they'll convene Nov. 29- Dec. 1 to get reacquainted with the signature GPL Cube playing arena.

The Top 3 teams each gain a percentage chip advantage to begin the next round at +30/20/10 from the top down.

Check the Global Poker League website for full highlights of all the matches and the playoff schedule.


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