GPL Week 8: London Rises as Summer Series Looms
The first third of the Global Poker League season wrapped up last week as most of the players head to Las Vegas for the 2016 World Series of Poker. It will be just a brief pause, though, as the Summer Series – the second third of the season – will begin next week. In the meantime, the Montreal Nationals are looking more and more like the class of the Americas Conference while the London Royals have taken over the lead in an increasingly competitive Eurasia Conference.
GPL Eurasia Conference Week 8 – Sit-and-Go 1
1st Place – Paris Aviators, Mike Leah – 7 points
2nd Place – London Royals, Igor Kurganov – 5 points
3rd Place – Hong Kong Stars, Raiden Kan – 3 points
4th Place – Rome Emperors, Dario Sammartino – 2 points
5th Place – Berlin Bears, Bill Perkins – 1 point
6th Place – Moscow Wolverines, Anatoly Filatov – 0 points
GPL Eurasia Conference Week 8 – Sit-and-Go 2
1st Place – London Royals, Liv Boeree – 7 points
2nd Place – Hong Kong Stars, Raiden Kan – 5 points
3rd Place – Berlin Bears, Bill Perkins – 3 points
4th Place – Moscow Wolverines, Anatoly Filatov – 2 points
5th Place – Paris Aviators, Mike Leah – 1 point
6th Place – Rome Emperors, Dario Sammartino – 0 points
The standings got shaken up in the Eurasia Conference as two of the division’s consistent leaders faltered while two other contenders had great weeks. The London Royals gathered 18 points to take the lead, helped by the inability of the Moscow Wolverines to do much of anything, as the team earned just five points on the week. The Hong Kong Stars totaled 17 points, allowing the team to climb to third place, while the Paris Aviators continued a free fall with an eight point week.
It was a true team effort for London in Week 8. Most of the time, teams have one player compete in both Sit-and-Go’s, but London’s manager, Liv Boeree, split up the workload. She herself won the second Sit-and-Go, tallying seven points, while Igor Kurganov earned five points for a second place finish in the first Sit-and-Go. Sam Trickett then scored six points in his heads-up match.
For Hong Kong, Raiden Kan earned eight points in the Sit-and-Go’s while Randy Lew swept Paris’ Bertrand Grospellier in the heads-up round for nine points.
The top three teams in the conference are now all in the 90-point range and the spread from first to fourth is just 11 points in the conference.
GPL Americas Conference Week 8 – Sit-and-Go 1
1st Place – LA Sunset, Fedor Holz – 7 points
2nd Place – Sao Paolo Mets, João Bauer – 5 points
3rd Place – Montreal Nationals, Martin Jacobson – 3 points
4th Place – Las Vegas Moneymakers, Jonathan Little – 2 points
5th Place – New York Rounders, Jason Wheeler – 1 point
6th Place – San Francisco Rush, Jonathan Jaffe – 0 points
GPL Americas Conference Week 8 – Sit-and-Go 2
1st Place – Montreal Nationals, Martin Jacobson – 7 points
2nd Place – San Francisco Rush, Faraz Jaka – 5 points
3rd Place – LA Sunset, Fedor Holz – 3 points
4th Place – New York Rounders, Jason Wheeler – 2 points
5th Place – Sao Paolo Mets, João Bauer – 1 point
6th Place – Las Vegas Moneymakers, Jonathan Little – 0 points
Over in the Americas Conference, the Montreal Nationals continued its run, totaling a week-high of 19 points. Martin Jacobson finished first and third in his Sit-and-Go’s, but the team’s big star was Jason Lavallee, who scored all nine points heads-up against Anthony Rizzo of the Las Vegas Moneymakers.
The LA Sunset also kept its upward trend going, scoring 16 points in Week 8. With the New York Rounders totaling just eight points, LA is now up to second place in the conference while New York has dropped to third after nearly two months of competition with Montreal for the top spot.
With only two points, the second lowest score a team can earn while still actually earning points, the Las Vegas Moneymakers fell to last place, an impressive feat when the usual last place team, San Francisco Rush, only scored eight points.
Hong Kong Stars (Randy Lew) 9, Paris Aviators (Bertrand Grospellier) 0
London Royals (Sam Trickett) 6, Moscow Wolverines (Vladimir Troyanovskiy) 3
Berlin Bears (Sorel Mizzi) 6, Rome Emperors (Timothy Adams) 3
Sao Paolo Mets (João Bauer) 6, San Francisco Rush (Faraz Jaka) 3
Montreal Nationals (Jason Lavallee) 9, Las Vegas Moneymakers (Anthony Rizzo) 0
LA Sunset (Olivier Busquet) 6, New York Rounders (Tom Marchese) 3
Global Poker League Week 8 Standings
Montreal Nationals – 106 points
LA Sunset – 95 points
New York Rounders – 87 points
Sao Paolo Mets – 82 points
San Francisco rush – 69 points
Las Vegas Moneymakers – 65 points
London Royals – 97 points
Moscow Wolverines – 92 points
Hong Kong Stars – 91 points
Paris Aviators – 86 points
Berlin Bears – 74 points
Rome Emperors – 63 points