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Global Poker League Draft Results

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Last night saw the inaugural Global Poker League (GPL) Draft take place. 12 team managers selected their 4-player rosters, with plenty of surprises along the way. Below you can see the full rosters for each GPL team and some analysis afterward.

2016-gpl-draftBerlin Bears
(Manager) Philipp Gruissem
Brian Rast
Sorel Mizzi
Dominik Nitsche
Jeff Gross

Hong Kong Stars
(Manager) Celina Lin
Weiyi Zhang
Raiden Kan
Dong Guo
Bryan Huang

L.A. Sunset
(Manager) Maria Ho)
Fedor Holz
Olivier Busquet
Eugene Katchalov
Chance Kornuth

Las Vegas Moneymakers
(Manager) Chris Moneymaker
Anthony Zinno
Jonathan Duhamel
Jake Cody
Jonathan Little

London Royals
(Manager) Liv Boeree
Igor Kurganov
Vanessa Selbst
Chris Moorman
Justin Bonomo

Montreal Nationals
(Manager) Marc-Andre Ladouceur
Mike McDonald
Martin Jacobson
Pascal Lefrancois
Xuan Liu

Moscow Wolverines
(Manager) Anatoly Filatov
Dzmitry Urbanovich
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
Andrey Pateychuk
Sergey Lebedev

New York Rounders
(Manager) Bryn Kenney
Jason Mercier
Tom Marchese
Kevin MacPhee
Jason Wheeler

Rome Emperors
(Manager) Max Pescatori
Mustapha Kanit
Dario Sammartino
Timothy Adams
Walter Treccarichi

Paris Aviators
(Manager) Fabrice Soulier
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
Davidi Kitai
George Danzer
Mike Leah

Sao Paulo Mets
(Manager) Andre Akkari
Darren Elias
Byron Kaverman
Thiago Nishijima
Joao Pires Simao

San Francisco Rush
(Manager) Faraz Jaka
Phil Galfond
Tony Gregg
Kitty Kuo
Anton Wigg

Nobody will mistake the GPL Draft for the NBA or NFL Draft any time soon. But it definitely had the look and feel of a professional sports draft, which is exactly what commissioner Alex Dreyfus was hoping for. And it certainly didn’t hurt the draft that two of the game’s biggest stars – Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth – were providing coverage of the event.

Italy’s Mustapha Kanit was the top overall pick, which made sense given that Rome was picking first and he has a solid resume with $6.6 million in tournament winnings. Phil Galfond was a bit of a surprise selection at number four overall since he doesn’t play many NL Hold’em events. But two-time WPT champion Darren Elias going number six overall to Sao Paulo was probably the biggest shocker; Negreanu noted that Elias is neither from Brazil nor did he rate in the top 12 selections.

Kid Poker was equally surprised by Sao Paulo manager Andre Akkari’s next selection, Byron Kaverman. Negreanu noted that he wouldn’t put Kaverman in his “top 5,000,’ let alone take him in the second round.

With surprise picks and great commentary by Negreanu and Hellmuth, the first GPL Draft was a pretty big success. Now let’s hope that the season reflects how fun the draft was!