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Nationals, Wolverines atop The Standings as Global Poker League Resumes Play

 Nationals, Wolverines atop The Standings as Global Poker League Resumes Play

After a rather lengthy hiatus that saw more turmoil that surely planned, the Global Poker League has surged back into action with the second half of their season. While one conference’s leader seems to be pulling away from the pack, it looks to be at least a two-team battle in the other conference.

In the GPL Americas, the Montreal Nationals haven’t been able to shake the L. A. Sunset at the top of the leaderboard. With 153 points – by far the most in the GPL – the Nationals might have thought they would have a bigger lead. But the Sunset, led by manager Maria Ho and featuring the red-hot Fedor Holz, are only six points back after gaining on the Nats last week. Ho earned 10 points during Six Max Tuesday (two conference matches) and, along with three points earned by Olivier Busquet in the heads up match with the Nationals’ Marc Andre Ladouceur, cut five points off of Montreal’s lead.

The remainder of the GPL Americas is going to have its work cut out for it to even make the playoffs. Currently holding down the final two playoff spots are the Sao Paulo Metropolitans (after a slow start to the season) and the New York Rounders (who arguably dominated the first half of the season and suffered during the “Summer Series” in Las Vegas). Three points separate these teams, but they are 27 and 30 points, respectively, behind the Nationals in the standings. The San Francisco Rush (113 points) and the Las Vegas Moneymakers (100 points) might be in “wait ‘til next year” mode as they have tough odds of climbing out of the basement.

Over in the GPL Eurasia, the battle is a bit closer from top to bottom. The preseason favorite Moscow Wolverines, after a bit of a stumble out of the gate, are now reigning supreme over the rest of the conference with their 136 points. The Wolverines have been able to pull away from the London Royals, adding a point to their lead over the Royals (122 points) through eight points from Igor Yaroshevsky in the Six Max and a victory (six points) by manager Anatoly Filatov over the Paris Aviators’ George Danzer in the heads up segment.

Overall the six teams in the GPL Eurasia are closer together, meaning that there really hasn’t been anyone eliminated yet. The Hong Kong Stars (113 points) and the Aviators (111 points) are battling for the final two playoff spots, with the Rome Emperors (110 points) overcoming their early season doldrums to actually be in a challenging position. Even the team that arguably has been the biggest disappointment in the GPL this season, the Berlin Bears (if you have a team with Dan Cates, Sorel Mizzi, Brian Rast and Dominik Nitsche, just to name a few, you have to do better than 100 points) are still in the mix.

The upcoming week will feature some battles that could help to change some of the standings. After the four matches (two GPL Eurasia and two GPL Americas) that make up Six Max Tuesday, the Wolverines will attempt to put some more space between them and the Emperors (2:30PM Eastern U. S.), while the Royals will know what target they have to shoot at when they take on the Aviators later in the day (5PM Eastern). If the Bears are to make any moves, they have to start with a big win over a strong Stars team that will kick off the heads up fun on Wednesday (Noon Eastern).

In the GPL Americas, the Nationals/Rounders match (3:30PM Eastern) will be the highlight of Thursday’s play as, with a strong showing (a 9-0 sweep or even a 6-3 victory), the Nats can pretty much bury the Rounders and put them in danger of not making the playoffs. That, of course, will depend on the results of the Moneymakers/Metropolitans tilt (1PM Eastern) and the “Battle for California” between the Sunset and the Rush (6PM Eastern) on Thursday.

Counting the upcoming week, there are only five weeks remaining in the GPL season. Four teams from each conference will make the playoffs, so if a particular squad has an interest in playing in the postseason, the time to move is now. The teams at the top of the standings – provided they don’t suffer a complete collapse over the last few weeks – are pretty much guaranteed of a playoff spot at this time.

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Tournament Season Resumes in Florida, Oklahoma

 Tournament Season Resumes in Florida, Oklahoma

After a few weeks off with the conclusion of the 2016 World Series of Poker – that is, everything but the “November Nine” – the tournament poker world is swinging back into gear as the month of July comes to a close. One tournament in Florida has become the de facto kickoff to the second half of the tournament season while a second event in Oklahoma draws a strong contingent of players competing for a major tournament circuit title.

In Florida, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, has opened up the doors on their 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Now in its fourth year, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has hosted a series of events that bring the players back after a little break from the WSOP with what can only be called a “major” Main Event. Although preliminary events for the SHRPO have begun already, everyone’s eyes are on this year’s Main Event.

The path to becoming the “big event” to bring everyone back to the tables after the WSOP has been a tricky one for the SHRPO Main Event and the officials of the Seminole Tribe in Florida. In its first year in 2013, the buy in was $ 5000 and featured unlimited rebuys for the three Day Ones that constituted the opening action. That tournament would crush the $ 10 million guarantee, creating a prize pool of $ 11,920,000, and Blair Hinkle would go on to take the inaugural championship and the $ 1,745,245 first place payday.

In 2014, the Seminoles tried to catch lightning in a botte again and came up a bit short. Setting the same guaranteed prize pool as 2013, “only” 1499 entries were received by the close of registration, setting the Seminoles in the precarious situation of being slightly more than $ 2.5 million under the guarantee from simply player entries. To their credit, the Seminoles ate the $ 2.5 million shortfall and paid the $ 10 million guaranteed prize pool, with Dan Colman defeating Mike Leah to take the championship and its $ 1,466,710 windfall.

After coming up short, the Seminoles made some changes to the 2015 tournament. Officials reduced the guaranteed prize pool to $ 5 million and made the tournament a traditional freeze out event rather than a reentry free-for-all. Colman was back to defend his title but he would come up short in third place after falling at the hands of Brian Phillis. Phillis would enter heads up play against Omar Zazay as a massive chip leader but, after grinding it out for more than 100 hands, Zazay would emerge as the champion and the $ 1 million winner.

This year’s event will feature the same format as last year, with the $ 5 million guarantee, the buy in and the freeze out format all staying the same. What officials with the Seminole Tribe hope is that more than the 907 runners that came to the line last year will show up for 2016. After having to pay slightly less than $ 500,000 to cover the guarantee from 2015 (and the big shortfall from 2014), the SHRPO Main Event is hoping to revert to its inaugural success.

Almost 1500 miles away from Florida, the World Poker Tour has already kicked back into its Season XIV schedule with a stop in Oklahoma. The WPT Choctaw is into its Day 1B action in its $ 3500 Main Event and the players are definitely showing for the tournament. The $ 3 million guaranteed prize pool has already been dwarfed by the 989 entries that have currently been received (unlimited entries are allowed in the tournament and registration does not close until the start of Day 2 on Sunday) and, if the numbers from 2015 are achieved, a prize pool of more than $ 4.1 million will be created. Players such as Phil Hellmuth, Darren Elias, Tom Marchese, Cate Hall, Ari Engel and Faraz Jaka have been spotted in the tournament room for Day 1B of action in the tournament, with everyone looking to be the person to capture this latest championship on the WPT circuit.

This doesn’t even touch the other major tour and its upcoming season. The European Poker Tour is still more than two weeks away from the kickoff of their Season 13 schedule in Barcelona, Spain on August 16. With both a High Roller (€10,000) and Super High Roller (€50,000) on the schedule, the Main Event (a €5000 tournament) may seem to be an afterthought, but the players will certainly flock to the Mediterranean coast for all the festivities at the Casino Barcelona.

The players have gotten their rest and are now ready to make the charge to the end of 2016. Many Player of the Year races can be affected by the results in the second half of the calendar year, which makes these and other tournaments incredibly important. For now, however, we can welcome poker back into action as the world’s best players (and some amateurs making their name) leap into the fray once again.

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