Welcome to the fourth week of GPL heads-up battles in the Americas Conference. Right now, New York holds a 2-point edge over the Montreal Nationals as both teams are vying for the top slot. It's up to Olivier Busquet to pick off Tom Marchese and keep the Rounders from retaining first place. Meanwhile, there's going to be an all-out basement brawl between San Francisco Rush and the Sao Paulo Mets. Both teams struggled to start the season and both squads are eager to pick up much-needed points. Hence, the highly-anticipated bout between Jonathan Jaffe (SF) vs. Thiago ‘TheDecano' Nishijima (Sao Paulo). In the final match of the day, Montreal Nationals are sending Jason Lavalle into battle with the hopes he can pick off Vegas' Scott Ball and finish the day atop of the leaderboard.
GPL Week 4 - Americas Heads-Up Matches
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Week 4 Heads-Up EurAsia Recap: Moscow seizes first place; nanonoko beats Elky
Paris got off to a sizzling start to the GPL season and had been in front since Day 1. The Aviators were flying high for almost a month before they were finally overtaken, but it took a smoking hot Anatoly Filatov to catch them. The Moscow Wolverines, fueled by a heater from Filatov, opened up a a two-point lead. The uber-anticipated match between Paris/Hong Kong featuring Elky vs. nanonoko lived up to expectations, but nanonoko came out on top winning 2 of 3 heads-up bouts. Paris and Moscow are the only teams with at least 50 points. Meanwhile, Rome's horrible start continued and they are deep in the depths of the basement.
Match 35: Anatoly Filatov (Moscow Wolverines) 6, Vanessa Selbst (London Monarchs) 3… Vanessa Selbst had her GPL debut ruined by a wicked hot Anatoly Filatov. Moscow's team manager reeled off 12 wins on Tuesday after going 1-2 in 6-max matches. His hot streat continued and he picked up 6 more points for Moscow -- totaling 18 in two days -- to thrust Moscow into first place.
Match 36: Randy 'nanonoko' Lew (Hong Kong Stars) 6, Elky (Paris Aviators) 3… The marquee match-up of the day. The internetnerdom got what they wanted: nanonoko against Elky. Elky won the first match after he took out shorty nanonoko with Q-4 vs Jd-10d. Elky flopped bottom pair, turned two pair, and rivered a boat to win the first game. The other two matches went rather long, but nanonoko prevailed in both. In the rubber match, nanonoko's pocket queens held up against Elky's pair of nines and a straight draw. The queens held up for nanonoko and he won the game and the overall match. The Hong Kong Stars added 6 points, while Paris could only scratch together 3. The fans got a great match up beween two legends, but Paris lost the overall lead.
Match 37: Jeff Gross (Berlin Bears) 9, Todd Brunson (Rome Emperors) 0… Ugly day for Todd Brunson. His first game went quick and he was busto by hand #9. Gross won the next two matches for the sweep. Berlin needed a huge boost and they got it with a sweep. The nine points by Gross put the Berlin Bears in fourth place. Alas, another donut for Rome. Will they ever crawl out of the basement? Rome is currently 23 points out of first place and they only have 28 total.
Here are higlights from the Elky/nanonoko match...