Timex, Zinno, Kitai Impress in Global Poker League Debut

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Running into pocket kings didn't get him down.

Mike McDonald, Anthony Zinno and Davidi Kitai led their respective teams to the top of the charts on the first day ever of the Global Poker League.

Zinno smashed the North American bracket with back-to-back 2nd place finishes and 10 points for the Las Vegas Moneymakers.

The Paris Aviators' Davidi Kitai won his first match in the Eurasian bracket in impressive fashion and finished third in the second to claim 10 points as well.

Meanwhile McDonald made an impressive comeback after an ill-timed shove into pocket kings in the first match to finish fourth. He stormed back to win the second match for the Montreal Nationals.

Jason Wheeler of the New York Rounders and Raiden Kan of the Hong Kong Stars also won matches.

All matches took place entirely online and were streamed live on Twitch.tv. Here’s how the teams stack up after the first four heats:

GPL Americas

1. New York Rounders - 10 points
2. Las Vegas Moneymakers - 10 points
3. Montreal Nationals - 9 points
4. Sao Paulo Mets - 4 points
5. Los Angeles Sunset - 3 points
6. San Fransisco Rush - 0 points

GPL Eurasia

1. Paris Aviators - 10 points
2. Hong Kong Stars - 9 points
3. London Royals - 6 points
4. Rome Emperors - 6 points
5. Moscow Wolverines - 5 points
6. Berlin Bears - 0 points

Berlin Bears, SF Rush Relegated to Floor

While first-round picks McDonald and Zinno certainly pulled their weight there were other highly-touted players who had off days.

Dan Cates
Tough day for the jungleman.

High-stakes killer Anthony “endboss” Gregg bricked both heats to score zero points for the SF Rush while Fedor Holz only managed to pull in three points for his LA Sunset.

Meanwhile on the Eurasian side Dan Cates somehow busted both of his heats to keep Philipp Gruissem’s Berlin Bears at 0 points. The Moscow Wolverines didn’t fare much better as Dzmitry Urbanovich only picked up two points.

Apparently Cates misread his hole cards in the second match which led to his rather painful elimination. Certainly a surprise from one of the undisputed best online players in the world.

Meanwhile Raiden Kan, who was a second-round pick for Celina Lin’s Hong Kong Stars, proved his worth by winning his first heat to secure 7 points. Weiyi Zhang also earned two more points for the team.

Griffin Benger and Sam “TheSquid” Grafton provided commentary for all four matches and the results were generally very positive.

It arguably gets more exciting Wednesday and Thursday with the following heads-up matches.

  • 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

There were some very big stars chiming in on the GPL’s debut today and we’ve embedded several below:

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