Friday February 26, 2016 at 5:15 am
Breaking News

The Global Poker League completed their inaugural draft in Beverly Hills. Draft Day kicked off when the Rome Emperors made Mustapha Kanit their #1 pick. The Paris Aviators, managed by Fabrice Soulier, picked ElkY, in the first round with the #11 pick, then completed the roster with Davidi Kitai, George Danzer, and Mike Leah.

GPL teams
The first-ever GPL draft is complete!

The Global Poker League drafted 48 players to take part in their inaugural season. GPL Draft Day, hosted by Kara Scott at the swanky SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, included four rounds. Over 200 players made themselves eligible to be selected by 12 teams and only 48 of them made poker history by becoming the first batch of drafted players on the GPL.


The Rome Emperors were awarded the first pick and team manager did not waste any time by selecting fellow Italian Mustapha Kanit. The sauve Kanit has been crushing it over the last year or so...both online and live. Kanit is fresh off a high roller win at the EPT Dublin. Probably the team that looks the deepest is the New York Rounders. Team Manager Bryn Kenney drafted Jason Mercier, Tom Marchese, Kevin MacPhee, and Jason Wheeler.


Manager Fabrice Soulier picked fellow Frenchman ElkY with Paris' first round pick, then filled out the remainder of the Aviators roster with Davidi Kitai, George Danzer, and Mike Leah.


Here's what the teams look like...

GPL Team Rosters

  • Rome Emperors (Max Pescatori): Mustapha Kanit, Dario Sammartino, Tim Adams, Walter Treccarichi
  • Montreal Nationals (Marc-Andre Ladouceur): Mike McDonald, Martin Jacobson, Pascal Lafrancois, Xuan Liu
  • New York Rounders (Bryn Kenney): Jason Mercier, Tom Marchese, Kevin MacPhee, Jason Wheeler
  • San Francisco Rush (Faraz Jaka): Phil Galfond, Tony Gregg, Kitty Kuo, Anton Wigg
  • Las Vegas Moneymakers (Chris Moneymaker): Anthony Zinno, Jonathan Duhamel, Jake Cody, Jonathan Little
  • Sao Paulo Metropolitans (Andre Akkari): Darren Elias, Byron Kaverman, Thiago Nishijima, Joao Pires Simao
  • London Royals (Liv Boeree): Igor Kurganov, Vanessa Selbst, Chris Moorman, Justin Bonomo
  • Moscow Wolverines (Anatoly Filatov): Dzmitry Urbanovich, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Andrey Pateychuk, Sergey Lebedev
  • L.A. Sunset (Maria Ho): Fedor Holz, Olivier Busquet, Eugene Katchalov, Chance Kornuth
  • Berlin Bears (Philipp Gruissem): Brian Rast, Sorel Mizzi, Dominik Nitsche, Jeff Gross
  • Paris Aviators (Fabrice Soulier): ElkY, Davidi Kitai, George Danzer, Mike Leah
  • Hong Kong Stars (Celina Lin): Weiyi Zhang, Raiden Kan, Dong Guo, Bryan Huang

And here is how the opening round played out..


GPL Draft Day - ROUND 1 Results:

  • 1. Rome Emperors: Mustapha Kanit
  • 2. Montreal Nationals: Mike 'Timex' McDonald
  • 4. San Francisco Rush: Phil 'OMGClayAiken' Galfond
  • 5. Las Vegas Moneymakers: Tony Zinno
  • 6. Sao Paulo Metropolitans: Darren Elias
  • 7. London Royals: Igor Kurganov
  • 8. Moscow Wolverines: Dzmitry Urbanovich
  • 9. L.A. Sunset: Fedor Holz
  • 10. Berlin Bears: Brian Rast
  • 11. Paris Aviators: ELKY
  • 12. Hong Kong Stars: Weiyi Zhang


ROUND 2 Results:

  • 13. Hong Kong Stars: Raiden Kan
  • 14. Paris Aviators: Davidi Kitai
  • 15. Berlin Bears: Sorel Mizzi
  • 16. LA Sunset: Olivier Busquet
  • 17. Moscow Wolverines: Vlad Troyanovskiy
  • 18. London Royals: Vanessa Selbst
  • 19. Sao Paulo Metropolitans: Byron Kaverman
  • 20. Las Vegas Moneymakers: Jonathan Duhamel
  • 21. San Francisco Rush: Tony Gregg
  • 22. New York Rounders: Tom Marchese
  • 23. Montreal Nationals: Martin Jacobson
  • 24. Rome Emperors: Dario Sammartino


ROUND 3 Results:

  • 25. Rome Emperors: Tim Adams
  • 26. Montreal Nationals: Pascal Le Francois
  • 27. New York Rounders: Kevin MacPhee
  • 28. San Francisco Rush: Kitty Kuo
  • 29. Las Vegas Moneymakers: Jake Cody
  • 30. Sao Paulo Metropolitans: Thiago Nishijima
  • 31. London Royals: Chris Moorman
  • 32. Moscow Wolverines: Andrey Pateychuk
  • 33. L.A. Sunset: Eugene Katchalov
  • 34. Berlin Bears: Dominick Nitsche
  • 35. Paris Aviators: George Danzer
  • 36. Hong Kong Stars: Dong Guo


ROUND 4 Results:

  • 37. Hong Kong Stars: Bryan Huang
  • 38. Paris Aviators: Mike Leah
  • 39. Berlin Bears: Jeff Gross
  • 40. L.A. Sunset: Chance Kornuth
  • 41. Moscow Wolverines: Sergey Lebedev
  • 42. London Royals: Justin Bonomo
  • 43. Sao Paulo Metropolitans: Joao Pires Simao
  • 44. Las Vegas Moneymakers: Jonathan Little
  • 45. San Francisco Rush: Anton Wigg
  • 46. New York Rounders: Jason Wheeler
  • 47. Montreal Nationals: Xuan Liu
  • 48. Rome Emperors: Walter Treccarichi


The schedule for the first season is still TO BE DETERMINED. Visit the GPL website for updates on the upcoming schedule.

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