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Global Poker League Playoffs Start Tomorrow; $100k to Winner

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After an eight-month long regular season that included two extended periods of online battles and a face-to-face, 33-day summer session in the signature GPL Cube, the Global Poker League is about to embark on its first-ever playoffs.

Eight teams have now settled back into the Las Vegas desert and will resume their quests for the inaugural GPL title tomorrow starting at 12 pm PT.

$100,000 is at stake for the winning team along with the enviable bragging rights of being declared the first GPL Champion.

Playoff Rosters Named

In another of the signature GPL twists, the full teams of six players won't be in play as team had to name playoff rosters of 3 (or 4, with 1 substitute) for the 3v3 heads-up format.

Each team has picked its best/available players and announced their rosters via Twitter. Here are the lineups:

Montreal Nationals

  • Marc-Andre Ladouceur
  • Pascal Lefrancois
  • Mike "Timex" McDonald
  • Jason Lavallee

San Francisco Rush

  • Faraz Jaka
  • Jonathan Jaffe
  • Anton Wigg
  • Phil Galfond

LA Sunset

  • Maria Ho
  • Olivier Busquet
  • Chance Kornuth

Sao Paulo Metropolitans

  • Darren Elias
  • Thiago Nishijima
  • Joao Bauer

Moscow Wolverines

  • Anatoly Filatov
  • Andrey Pateychuk
  • Igor Yaroshevskiy
  • Dzmitry Urbanovich

London Royals

  • Liv Boeree
  • Igor Kurganov
  • Justin Bonomo

Hong Kong Stars

  • Celina Lin
  • Randy "nanonoko" Lew
  • Guo Dong

Berlin Bears

  • Sorel Mizzi
  • Brian Rast
  • Bill Perkins
  • Dan "Jungleman" Cates

The fourth player, or alternate, can be subbed in at the beginning of the next round only. Here are the matchups when play begins:


The first round will play on Tuesday with a Best-of-5 series. The Semi-Finals on Wednesday will also be Best-of-5 while the final will be Best-of-9.

Given their performances in the regular season the Montreal Nationals will have a 30% chip edge on the Rush in their series (130k-100K) and the Sunset a slight edge (120k-110k) over Sao Paulo. The same holds for the other side of the bracket with Moscow and Hong Kong with the edges.

You Can Win, Too

As part of the GPL's active plan to get more fan interaction, you can win a share of the booty as well. Enter the GPL bracket challenge and pick the exact winners of each round and you'll win a big box of GPL swag including jerseys and hoodies to call your own.

You can also bet real money on PokerStars' betting arm, BetStars, on the outcome of each match. Find our more info and tune in to watch all the matches right here.