Global Poker League Back in Action w/ New Shop, New App
The Global Poker League is back!
After a lengthy end-of-summer hiatus to catch its breath and make some tweaks for the last portion of the season, the GPL returned to action this week with more online play.
Four 6-max matches were completed on Tuesday and three heads-up matches done Wednesday. Today's heads-up matches are running as we speak.
Jason Mercier, Maria Ho, Justin Bonomo and Timothy Adams all returned in fine form with big wins narrated by new commentators Roland Boothby and guest pro Jonathan Little.
Seven more weeks of play will follow with teams in each conference chasing Montreal and Moscow for the top spot and vying for one of four playoff spots.
Fan Gear, Mobile App Now Ready
Missing during the first part of the Global Poker League's inaugural season were two things fans indicated in surveys they were very much interested in - team merchandise and a mobile app to follow the action.
Both of those have now been implemented with a new fan shop offering hats, jerseys and hoodies for each team for sale and free shipping until the end of the month.
A new mobile app was also launched for iOS, iPad and Android with expanded team and player stats and exclusive strategy and content for subscribers.
Also new for the last half of the season are host Roland Boothby and a rotating series of pro guests, starting with former WPT Player of the Year and Las Vegas Moneymaker Jonathan Little.
Previous hosts Griffin Benger and Sam Grafton both decided to concentrate on poker after their stint as first GPL hosts, with Benger making the WSOP November Nine over the summer.
A new table design and an expanded player stats section on the website were also revealed.
Montreal, Moscow Teams to Beat
Leading the two conferences into the second half of play in the Americas and EurAsia Conferences, respectively, are the Montreal Nationals and Moscow Wolverines.
The Nationals, with strong play all down the roster, are led by manager Marc-Andre Ladouceur and Mike "Timex" McDonald while the Wolverines have soared on the back on Manager Anatoly Filatov and Vlad Troyanovskiy.
The top 4 teams in each conference make the playoffs, which will play out live inside the signature GPL Cube from Nov 29 - Dec. 1.
Montreal, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and New York are the current playoff teams in the Americas with Las Vegas and San Francisco on the outside looking in.
Moscow, London, Hong Kong and Paris are the EurAsian playoff teams at the moment but the Berlin Bears and Rome Emperors are within striking distance.
Also of note: Next Tuesday will see the online debut of Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, the lone celebrity player in the Global Poker League.
Check out a sample of the action from Tuesday's Six-Max action below: