The schedule of matches in the inaugural Global Poker League has been announced, with the first four 6-Max matches getting the season underway next Tuesday.
It´s been a long time coming – with a lot of hype along the way – but fans of live poker action will be delighted to hear that the first matches in the Global Poker League are almost upon us, with the first of the 6-Max encounters getting the season underway next Tuesday.
All the action will be live-streamed across various channels over the fourteen weeks of the regular season plus five weeks of a special Summer Series. At the end of the season, the top performing sides will compete in play-offs to determine the teams that will compete in the GPL Final in November.
Four 6-Max Matches on Tuesday
In case you missed it, on each Tuesday of the regular season representatives from each of the GPL teams will compete in four 6-max Sit & Go games – two to be played between representatives of the Eurasian teams and two to be played between representatives on the teams from the Americas. This means that every team will be in action every Tuesday.
The times of the games do not vary throughout the season, with the Eurasian 6-Max Sit & Go games being played at 12:00 noon and 1:40pm and the Americas games being played at 3:30pm and 5:10pm (all times EST). Points will be awarded depending on the players´ finishing positions in the 6-Max Sit & Go – the points determining the position of the teams within the league table.
Three Heads-Up Matches on Wednesday and Thursday
Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the regular season will be dominated by heads-up matches. Wednesday will be the day to follow teams from Eurasia, with the teams from the Americas playing their heads-up matches on Thursday. Each match will have a best-of-three format between individual players from each team. The line-up for the first week of matches is:
Wednesday (all times EST)
- Hong Kong Stars -v- Moscow Wolverines at 12:00 noon
- Berlin Bears -v- Paris Aviators at 2:30pm
- Rome Emperors -v- London Royals at 5:00pm
Thursday (all times EST)
- LA Sunset -v- Sao Paulo Metropolitans at 1:00pm
- Montreal Nationals -v- San Francisco Rush at 3:30pm
- New York Rounders -v- Las Vegas Moneymakers at 6:00pm
The full schedule of games throughout the year can be found on the Global Poker League website.
Season Finale to be Played at Wembley
Once the regular season and play-offs are completed, the champions of the inaugural Global Poker League will be determined over the 22nd and 23rd November at the Wembley Arena in North London – offering Alex Dreyfus, CEO of the Global Poker League, the opportunity to get his much-loved “Cube” out of its packaging for “a fully immersive, interactive experience”.
It may be possible that we get a sneak preview of the Cube during the Summer Series, which will be played in Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker, or it may be the case that the Cube does not see the light of day until the play-offs at the end of September. However, it is sure to be a great experience for everyone involved.
Speaking about the announcement that the final of the Global Poker League will be played at Wembley, Liv Boeree – Team Manager of the London Royals – said:
Wembley has so many great memories for me with all the gigs I’ve seen there, so I’m absolutely chuffed that poker’s first esports spectator event will be hosted at this awesome venue!