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Mercier Sweeps Galfond, Busquet Pips Duhamel to Wrap GPL Week 2
The much-anticipated Jason Mercier v. Phil Galfond heads-up duel played out in the Global Poker League today and it delivered in one surprising way - a clean sweep.
The two poker superstars sat down for their 3-part heads-up match today and shockingly Mercier and the New York Rounders walked away with all 9 points up for grabs.
Given Galfond's impeccable online pedigree and depth of poker understanding it was a surprising end, although it wasn't necessarily the result of poor play on his part.
All the key hands simply seemed to go in Mercier's favor and once the momentum swung Mercier's way during the second game, it carried right through to the end.
Fans were treated to fantastic insight and analysis as they each talked through their hands, although with both talking most of the way it was an audio challenge to figure out who's mic to turn up.
Still, the match delivered on much of its promise and, gentleman that he is, Galfond conceded defeat with grace on Twitter:
Lefrancois Sweeps; Busquet Fends Off Duhamel
After just one sweep of the heads-up matches last week, two went all one way today.
Starting the day off against the Sao Paulo Metropolitans' Thiago Nishijima, Montreal National Pascal Lefrancois also ran the table to claim all three games.
The nine points pushed the Nationals right to the top of the Americas Conference with 29 points. Mercier's sweep gave the New York Rounders nine points and shot them up to second with 25 points.
The goose eggs for Sao Paulo and Galfond's San Francisco Rush left them at the bottom of the table with 13 and 15 points, respectively.
LA Sunset heads-up ace Olivier Busquet returned for his second set of heads-up matches to cap the day and, despite facing a bit more trouble than expected, eventually out-played Las Vegas Moneymaker Jonathan Duhamel to take a 2-1 win.
The six points pushed LA up to third overall with 23 and gave Busquet an overall 4-2 record in his heads-up games.
After two weeks, here are the standings in the Americas Conference:
1. Montreal Nationals 29
2. New York Rounders 25
3. LA Sunset 23
4. Las Vegas Moneymakers 21
5. San Francisco Rush 15
6. Sao Paulo Mets 13
After the exciting EurAsia Conference heads-up matches yesterday, here's how they stack up heading into Week 3 next weeK:
1. Paris Aviators 30
2. Hong Kong Stars 23
3. Moscow Wolverines 19
4. London Royals 19
5. Berlin Bears 18
6. Rome Emperors 17
Watch full replays of all the week's matches on the Global Poker League website along with highlights, key hands and commentary.