Trickett, Luneau, Troyanovskiy Pull Away in GPL Heads-Up Matches

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Unfazed by, well, anything.

The first heads-up matches of Week 2 in the Global Poker League took centerstage today with a Brit, a Frenchman and a Russian taking wins for their squads.

In non-traditional GPL fashion, those squads even match up with their nationalities as Sam Trickett, Alex Luneau and Vlad Troyanovskiy represented home country teams for London, Paris and Moscow, respectively.

Each won their heads-up match 2-1 with strong performances by Trickett and Troyanovskiy in particular impressing the Twitch viewers along the way.

On the losing side were Randy Lew, Dario Sammartino and Dominik Nitsche although all still managed to pick up a few points for their teams in the process.

Trickett Bosses, Luneau Battles Back

The first match of the day featured online whiz Randy "nanonoko" Lew and high-stakes cash game vet Sam Trickett and didn't disappoint.

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Trickett and pup all good.

While this was Lew's second go-round at the GPL (after a 3-0 sweep vs. Sergey Lebedev last week) it was the first for Trickett, but he didn't looked fazed in the least.

In fact, with his dog intermittently hopping up on his lap, he calmly kept Lew on his heels from start to finish and likely should have won all three rounds. 

Lew did manage to salvage 3 points with a middle-game comeback but definitely took the worst of it - even from Trickett on Twitter:

Lew fired back in good fun and, it seems, a rematch might be in order the next time these two teams play on May 11.

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Luneau and his inimitable French poker set-up

Luneau, meanwhile, brought his high-stakes cash game pedigree to the table as well with fortune finding his favor enough to garner a 2-1 win.

After a four-hand blitzkrieg loss in match 1 when Dario Sammartino got crushed with the deck, Luneau fought back to take the next two although much of time was in danger vs. the Italian ace.

In the day's finale, superstar of yesterday's 6-Max matches Dominik Nitsche met his match in Moscow Wolverine Vlad Troyanovskiy and got all he could handle, finally falling 2-1.

Check the full replays of all the matches on GlobalPokerLeague.com along with match highlights and commentary from the in-studio team.

Galfond vs. Mercier Incoming

The Americas Conference steps up for its second round of heads-up matches tomorrow with a Phil Galfond vs. Jason Mercier match-up drawing the most buzz. Check the schedule below:

Thiago Nishijima Sao Paulo Metropolitans vs. Pascal Lefrancois Montreal Nationals - 1 PM ET

Phil Galfond San Francisco Rush vs. Jason Mercier New York Rounders - 3:30 PM ET

Jonathan Duhamel Las Vegas Moneymakers vs. Olivier Busquet LA Sunset - 6 PM ET

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