GPL Week 5: Sao Paolo Makes Strong Move in Americas Conference

The New York Rounders once again find themselves in first place in the Global Poker League’s Americas Conference after Week 5 because, after all, it is an odd-numbered league week and that’s just how it is with the Rounders. In the Eurasia Conference, the Moscow Wolverines were only able to enjoy first place for one week as the Paris Aviators retook the top spot.

GPL Eurasia Conference Week 5 – Sit-and-Go 1

1st Place – Paris Aviators, Mike Leah – 7 points
2nd Place – Rome Emperors, Todd Brunson – 5 points
3rd Place – Moscow Wolverines, Igor Yaroshevsky – 3 points
4th Place – Hong Kong Stars, Bryan Huang – 2 points
5th Place – London Royals, Liv Boeree – 1 points
6th Place – Berlin Bears, Bill Perkins – 0 points

GPL Eurasia Conference Week 5 – Sit-and-Go 2

1st Place – London Royals, Liv Boeree – 7 points
2nd Place – Moscow Wolverines, Igor Yaroshevsky – 5 points
3rd Place – Berlin Bears, Bill Perkins – 3 points
4th Place – Rome Emperors, Todd Brunson – 2 points
5th Place – Paris Aviators, Mike Leah – 1 points
6th Place – Hong Kong Stars, Bryan Huang – 0 points

No team in the Eurasia Conference had an unforgettable week; the highest point total was a very good 14, earned by both Paris and the London Royals. The Rome Emperors tallied 13 points after several sub-par weeks. Moscow only did three points worse than Paris, but because Moscow’s lead was only two points going into Week 5, Paris was able to climb back on top.

Mike Leah did all the damage for Paris, finishing first and fifth in the Sit-and-Go competitions for eight total points, having earned six points in his heads-up matches against Moscow’s Anatoly Filatov. When you break it down, that heads-up match was really the difference for the week. Those three points were exactly the gap between Paris’ and Moscow’s weekly total.

GPL Americas Conference Week 5 – Sit-and-Go 1

1st Place – San Francisco Rush, Tony Gregg – 7 points
2nd Place – Sao Paolo Mets, Felipe Mojave – 5 points
3rd Place – New York Rounders, Tyler Kenney – 3 points
4th Place – LA Sunset, Chance Kornuth – 2 points
5th Place – Las Vegas Moneymakers, Chris Moneymaker – 1 points
6th Place – Montreal Nationals, Marc-Andre Ladouceur – 0 points

GPL Americas Conference Week 5 – Sit-and-Go 2

1st Place – New York Rounders, Tyler Kenney – 7 points
2nd Place – Sao Paolo Mets, Felipe Mojave – 5 points
3rd Place – Las Vegas Moneymakers, Jonathan Little – 3 points
4th Place – San Francisco Rush, Tony Gregg – 2 points
5th Place – Montreal Nationals, Marc-Andre Ladouceur – 1 points
6th Place – LA Sunset, Chance Kornuth – 0 points

gpl global poker league teamsThe story of the Americas Conference was not so much that New York is back in first place, but rather than the Montreal Nationals are not in second. Instead, jumping from fifth all the way to second are the Sao Paolo Mets. Felipe Mojave nabbed two second-place finishes in the Sit-and-Go’s for 10 total points and then Thiago Nishijima scored six in the heads-up portion to give Sao Paolo 16 points, the best for any team in Week 5.

Montreal only earned a very disappointing four points; team captain Marc-Andre Ladouceur put it all on his shoulders last week, but he was only able to win one point in the Sit-and-Go’s and three points in the heads-up portion. Because the standings were so tight in the Americas Conference, Sao Paolo was able to leap frog Montreal, the LA Sunset, and the Las Vegas Moneymakers into second place. Montreal slipped into a tie with LA for third place.

The lay of the land in the conferences couldn’t be any more different. In the Americas Conference, just 10 points separate first from last place, with all teams but the San Francisco Rush sitting with at least 50 points (and San Francisco has 49). In the Eurasia Conference, on the other hand, Paris and Moscow are dominating with 65 and 64 points, respectively. Only one other team has at least 50 and Rome is bringing up the rear with 41, making for a 24-point spread between first and last place.

Heads-Up Matches

Rome Emperors (Max Pescatori) 6, Hong Kong Stars (Weiyi Zhang) 3
London Royals (Igor Kurganov) 6, Berlin Bears (Bill Perkins) 3
Paris Aviators (Mike Leah) 6, Moscow Wolverines (Anatoly Filatov) 3

Sao Paolo Mets (Thiago Nishijima) 6, New York Rounders (Tom Marchese) 3
LA Sunset (Olivier Busquet) 6, Montreal Nationals (Marc-Andre Ladouceur) 3
Las Vegas Moneymakers (Jonathan Little) 6, San Francisco Rush (Kitty Kuo) 3

Global Poker League Week 5 Standings

Americas Conference

New York Rounders – 59 points
Sao Paolo Mets – 55 points
LA Sunset – 51 points
Montreal Nationals – 51 points
Las Vegas Moneymakers – 50 points
San Francisco Rush – 49 points

Eurasia Conference

Paris Aviators – 65 points
Moscow Wolverines – 64 points
Hong Kong Stars – 51 points
London Royals – 49 points
Berlin Bears – 45 points
Rome Emperors – 41 points

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