Montreal Nationals Still Tops as Global Poker League Returns

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After a brief hiatus from the Summer Series, the Global Poker League (GPL) returned last week for the home stretch to the playoffs. The teams were back online and competing within their divisions. With a tight race in each conference, every point was huge for any team.

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Eurasia conference six-max:

Week 9 kicked off Eurasia conference six-max battles. The Rome Emporers and Berlin Bears were on the outside looking in, sitting fifth and sixth respectively. Just the top four teams move on to the playoffs in Las Vegas.

The Bears’ Dominick Nitsche took the reigns and would not disappoint, picking up a huge win and seven points in the first match. Nitsche would fall in fifth in the second match but still grabbed a single point.

After busting first in the first match, Hong Kong Stars Guo Dong picked up the win in the second, to score a much needed seven points. Conference-leading Moscow Wolverines kept pace with the group, picking up eight points with a runner-up and third place finish thanks to the strong play of Igor Yaroshevsky.

Eurasia conference results:

Place Team Player Points
1st Berlin Bears Dominik Nitsche 7
2nd Rome Emperors Dario Sammartino 5
3rd Moscow Wolverines Igor Yaroshevsky 3
4th London Royals Liv Boeree 2
5th Paris Aviators Alexandre Luneau 1
6th Hong Kong Stars Guo Dong 0
Place Team Player Points
1st Hong Kong Stars Guo Dong 7
2nd Moscow Wolverines Igor Yaroshevsky 5
3rd Paris Aviators Alexandre Luneau 3
4th London Royals Liv Boeree 2
5th Berlin Bears Dominik Nitsche 1
6th Rome Emperors Dario Sammartino 0

 

Americas conference six-max:

Over on the America’s side, the race was not as tight. With the Montreal Nationals and LA Sunset pulling away at the top and the San Francisco Rush and Las Vegas Moneymakers were fading out of contention.

Both the Rush and Moneymakers failed to make a splash in Week 9, each picking up just two points in both six-max matches. Nationals’ Xuan Liu was also only able to pick up two points. The best performance of the week was without question from Jason Mercier for the New York Rounders. Mericer earned five points for a runner-up finish against Sunset Team Manager Maria Ho, and then scooped all seven points in the second match, defeating Byron Kaverman of the Sao Paulo Mets, heads up.

Americas conference results:

Place Team Player Points
1st LA Sunset Maria Ho 7
2nd New York Rounders Jason Mercier 5
3rd Sao Paulo Mets Byron Kaverman 3
4th Las Vegas Moneymakers Scott Ball 2
5th San Francisco Rush Kitty Kuo 1
6th Montreal Nationals Xuan Liu 0
Place Team Player Points
1st New York Rounders Jason Mercier 7
2nd Sao Paulo Mets Byron Kaverman 5
3rd LA Sunset Maria Ho 3
4th Montreal Nationals Xuan Liu 2
5th San Francisco Rush Kitty Kuo 1
6th Las Vegas Moneymakers Scott Ball 0

 

Eurasia conference heads-up:

With the six-max matches out of the way, the Week 9 heads-up battles took the spotlight. Eurasia was first to enter the arena with some key matchups. Canadian poker pro Timothy Adams was up first for his Rome Emporers, taking on Weiyi Zhang and the Hong Kong Stars.

Rome needed points bad and Adams delivered. Putting the team on his back, Adams dominated Zhang shipping all three games and scooping the full nine points.

Wolverines bench boss and league-leading scorer Anatoly Filatov was looking to keep his team on top of the Eurasia conference facing the final playoff spot holding Paris Aviators. George Danzer was in for the Aviators but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome Filatov. After dropping the first two matches, Danzer was able to fight back and avoid the sweep, earning a much-needed three points. Filatov took six points, boosting their lead.

The final Eurasia match saw Nitsche back for the Bears battling Justin Bonomo and the London Royals. In desperate need for points, the pressure was too much for Nitsche who ran into a wall in Bonomo. Taking the first match in just four hands, Bonomo brought out the broom and dusted off Nitsche in three straight.

Eurasia heads-up results:

Game Hong Kong Stars
Weiyi Zhang
Rome Emperors
Timothy Adams
Hands Played
1st Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 68
2nd Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 29
3rd Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 29
Game Paris Aviators
George Danzer
Moscow Wolverines
Anatoly Filatov
Hands Played
1st Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 44
2nd Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 35
3rd Won, 3 points Lost, 0 points 45
Game Berlin Bears
Dominik Nitsche
London Royals
Justin Bonomo
Hands Played
1st Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 4
2nd Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 53
3rd Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 48

 

Americas conference heads-up:

The Americas heads-up matches couldn’t have been scheduled any better, with playoff implications on the line in every match. First up was the first-place Nationals against the second-place Sunset. Two heavyweights took to the felt as Nationals Team Manager Marc-Andre Ladouceur faced off against Olivier Busquet.

Heading into the match with only a three-point lead at the top, Ladouceur dropped the first game but battled back to win the second and third game to claim the victory and keep the Nationals in first place.

The second match featured the Rounders and the Mets, who were both tied for third place in the Americas conference. The Rounders sent in Tom Marchese while Byron Kaverman was back in for the Mets. After splitting the first two matches, Kaverman captured the win in the third and deciding game, lifting the Mets over the Rounders on the leaderboard.

The battle of the basement dwellers headlined the final match of the week. Both the Rush and Moneymakers were in trouble and valuable points were on the line in their match. Jake Coady opened the match with a win for the Moneymakers, but in just five hands in the second game, Jonathan Jaffe quickly tied it up. The third and most important game of the match would also go the way of Jaffe and his Rush would inch a little closer to a playoff spot.

Americas heads-up results:

Game LA Sunset
Olivier Busquet
Montreal Nationals
Marc-Andre Ladouceur
Hands Played
1st Won, 3 points Lost, 0 points 47
2nd Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 27
3rd Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 48
Game New York Rounders
Tom Marchese
Sao Paulo Mets
Byron Kaverman
Hands Played
1st Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 35
2nd Won, 3 points Lost, 0 points 28
3rd Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 32
Game Las Vegas Moneymakers
Jake Cody
San Francisco Rush
Jonathan Jaffe
Hands Played
1st Won, 3 points Lost, 0 points 31
2nd Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 5
3rd Lost, 0 points Won, 3 points 31

There will be five more weeks of GPL action before the playoff picture is fully formed. Week 10 play begins on Tuesday, September 27 with another four six-match matches. Stay tuned to Canada Poker for up-to-date Canadian poker news and events. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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