Global Poker League Opening Day Receives Mixed Reviews

The Global Poker League finally got underway on Tuesday, and the innovative new format appears to have proved both entertaining and confusing in equal measures. During the day, the GPL’s 12 teams sent out one player at a time to compete in two Six-Max sit and go games, with much of the action available for viewing via GPL.tv or Twitch. Meanwhile, Sam Grafton and Griffin Benger provided some fine commentary to compliment the hosting duties provided by Laura Cornelius and Eric Danis back in the studio. By the end of the competition’s Day 1, the results were as follows:
Eurasia Conference Table
1: Paris Aviators – 10 points
2: Hong Kong Stars – 9 points
3: Rome Emperors – 6 points
4: London Royals – 6 points
5: Moscow Wolverines – 5 points
6: Berlin Bears – 0 points
Americas Conference Table
1: New York Rounders – 10 points
2: Las Vegas Moneymaker – 10 points
3: Montreal Nationals – 9 points
4: Sao Paulo Mets – 4 points
5: LA Sunset – 3 points
6: San Francisco Rush – 0 points
The GPL founder, Alex Dreyfus, has many challenges ahead as he tries to transform poker into an exciting spectator sport, and the GPL experienced a number of difficulties during the day. These included slow buffering live streams, audio problems, and the disappointment of some fans who had expected to see a live game, and had not anticipated watching an online game, instead.
Nevertheless, the day still proved highly entertaining, although the initial consensus seems to be that there is still plenty of room left for improvement. In fact, the organization has already taken into account of some of the criticisms levelled by fans, and as a result players in the competition have now been fitted out with camera feeds in time for the next heads up matches between the various teams. Commenting on its initial forage into the world of sportified poker, Drefus later tweeted:
“OK – The first day of @GPL is over. A lot of room for improvements. A lot of ideas that we have will be launched in the next few weeks.”

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