GPL Week 6: A Week of Extremes

It was a wild week of competition in the Global Poker League (GPL) Week 6 as a massive gulf was created between the haves and have nots. On the one hand, a number of teams put up fantastic scores, but on the other hand – and since this is a zero sum game, one would expect this – several teams had a week to forget.

GPL Eurasia Conference Week 6 – Sit-and-Go 1

1st Place – London Royals, Sam Trickett – 7 points
2nd Place – Moscow Wolverines, Anatoly Filatov – 5 points
3rd Place – Rome Emperors, Max Pescatori – 3 points
4th Place – Hong Kong Stars, Celina Lin – 2 points
5th Place – Berlin Bears, Brian Rast – 1 points
6th Place – Paris Aviators, Fabrice Soulier – 0 points

GPL Eurasia Conference Week 6 – Sit-and-Go 2

1st Place – Moscow Wolverines, Anatoly Filatov – 7 points
2nd Place – Hong Kong Stars, Celina Lin – 5 points
3rd Place – London Royals, Sam Trickett – 3 points
4th Place – Berlin Bears, Brian Rast – 2 points
5th Place – Rome Emperors, Mustapha Kanit – 1 points
6th Place – Paris Aviators, Fabrice Soulier – 0 points

In the Eurasia conference, the Moscow Wolverines and London Royals dominated, scoring 18 and 19 points, respectively. Those scores are about as high as we have seen so far in the inaugural season of the GPL. Moscow’s 18 points, generated by first and second place Sit-and-Go finishes by Anatoly Filatov and a 6 point heads-up effort by Sergey Lebedev, allowed the team to jump back into first place. Moscow was only one point behind the Paris Aviators heading into the week, and with Paris only able to scrounge up a measly three points, Moscow now has a 14 point lead in the conference, the largest this season.

London was led by Sam Trickett and Justin Bonomo. Trickett nabbed 10 points in the Sit-and-Go’s, while Bonomo swept the Hong Kong Stars’ Randy Lew to earn nine points in the heads-up portion of the week.

Of course, if London Moscow did so well, that means other teams had to do poorly. We already mentioned Paris, which could only must a single Sit-and-Go win by George Danzer. Also in the “have nots” category in the Eurasia Conference were Hong Kong with seven points and Berlin with six points.

GPL Americas Conference Week 6 – Sit-and-Go 1

1st Place – Sao Paolo Mets, João Bauer – 7 points
2nd Place – Montreal Nationals, Martin Jacobson – 5 points
3rd Place – LA Sunset, Fedor Holz – 3 points
4th Place – New York Rounders, Jason Mercier – 2 points
5th Place – San Francisco Rush, Tony Gregg – 1 points
6th Place – Las Vegas Moneymakers, Jonathan Duhamel – 0 points

GPL Americas Conference Week 6 – Sit-and-Go 2

1st Place – Montreal Nationals, Martin Jacobson – 7 points
2nd Place – LA Sunset, Fedor Holz – 5 points
3rd Place – New York Rounders, Jason Mercier – 3 points
4th Place – Las Vegas Moneymakers, Scott Ball – 2 points
5th Place – San Francisco Rush, Tony Gregg – 1 points
6th Place – Sao Paolo Mets, João Bauer – 0 points

In the discussion of the Eurasia Conference, we mentioned that the 18 and 19 points scored by Moscow and London were at the upper limits of what we have witnessed in the GPL so far. They were put to shame by the Montreal Nationals this week. Montreal’s 21 points were not only the highest scored by a team in a week to date, but also just two points away from a perfect week. Martin Jacobson nailed first and second place finishes in the Sit-and-Go rounds while Jason Lavallee earned all nine possible points in the heads-up portion against the Sao Paolo Mets’ Darren Elias.

Those 21 points were actually not quite good enough to get back into first place in the Americas Conference, though. The New York Rounders had a solid 14 point week, allowing it to remain in first place by one point. The LA Sunset is also in contention, sitting just five points behind New York in third place, thanks to 17 point week.

In the heads-up matches so far, three-game sweeps have been fairly rare, but this week was nuts. All three Americas Conference matchups were nine-point sweeps, a major factor in some teams putting up high points totals and others failing miserably. Two teams, the San Francisco Rush and the Las Vegas Moneymakers, only scored two points for the week.

Heads-Up Matches

London Royals (Justin Bonomo) 9, Hong Kong Stars (Randy Lew) 0
Moscow Wolverines (Sergey Lebedev) 6, Berlin Bears (Brian Rast) 3
Rome Emperors (Mustapha Kanit) 6, Paris Aviators (George Danzer) 3

New York Rounders (Bryn Kenney) 9, Las Vegas Moneymakers (Jonathan Jaffe) 0
Montreal Nationals (Jason Lavallee) 9, Sao Paulo Mets (Darren Elias) 0
LA Sunset (Fedor Holz) 9, Las Vegas Moneymakers (Jonathan Duhamel) 0

gpl global poker league teamsGlobal Poker League Week 6 Standings

Americas Conference

New York Rounders – 73 points
Montreal Nationals – 72 points
LA Sunset – 68 points
Sao Paolo Mets – 62 points
Las Vegas Moneymakers – 52 points
San Francisco Rush – 51 points

Eurasia Conference

Moscow Wolverines – 82 points
Paris Aviators – 68 points
London Royals – 68 points
Hong Kong Stars – 58 points
Berlin Bears – 51 points
Rome Emperors – 51 points

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