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GPL Draft Day - Mustapha Kanit Selected 1st Overall

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Yesterday the new and innovative Global Poker League (GPL) held its inaugural player draft at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

Poker pros Phil Hellmuth and PokerStars' own Daniel Negreanu provided commentary for the event, and the draft went down just as any other professional sports draft would.

CEO of Mediarex Sports & Entertainment, Alex Dreyfus has taken his idea to “sportify poker” to a whole new level. The league now has the big names and faces of pokers finest professionals attached to its teams.

The Draft

The Rome Emperors team and manager Max Pescatori had the first pick overall, and selected Mustapha Kanit (picture lower). Kanit has been a beast on the high roller tournament circuit over the past few years amassing over $5 million in live earnings. He’s also a native of Italy, providing some local flavor for the Emperors.

Mike "Timex" McDonald, a solid Canadian ultra high stakes  pro went 2nd overall to the Montreal Nationals, and the New York Rounders selected tournament grinder and PokerStars pro Jason Mercier with the 3rd pick.

Before the start of the draft, the ever popular Antonio Esfandiari had to remove himself from the player pool because of family commitments. However with the amount of star power available in the draft, this was only a minor setback.

Here’s how the teams looked by the end of the night.

Team Rosters

Rome Emperors — Max PescatoriMustapha Kanit

1 Mustapha Kanit

2 Dario Sammartino

3 Timothy Adams

4 Walter Treccarichi

Montreal Nationals — Marc-Andre Ladouceur

1 Mike McDonald

2 Martin Jacobson

3 Pascal LeFrancois

4 Xuan Liu

New York Rounders — Bryn Kenney

1 Jason Mercier

2 Tom Marchese

3 Kevin MacPhee

4 Jason Wheeler

San Francisco Rush — Faraz Jaka

1 Phil Galfond

2 Tony Gregg

3 Kitty Kuo

4 Anton Wigg

Las Vegas Moneymakers — Chris Moneymaker

1 Anthony Zinno

2 Jonathan Duhamel

3 Jake Cody

4 Jonathan Little

Sao Paulo Metropolitans — Andre Akkari

1 Darren Elias

2 Byron Kaverman

3 Thiago Nishijima

4 Joao Pires Simao

London Royals — Liv Boeree

1 Igor Kurganov

2 Vanessa Selbst

3 Chris Moorman

4 Justin Bonomo

Moscow Wolverines — Anatoly Filatov

1 Dzmitry Urbanovich

2 Vladimir Troyanovskiy

3 Andrey Pateychuk

4 Sergey Lebedev

Los Angeles Sunset — Maria Ho

1 Fedor Holz

2 Olivier Busquet

3 Eugene Katchalov

4 Chance Kornuth

Berlin Bears — Philipp Gruissem

1 Brian Rast

2 Sorel Mizzi

3 Dominik Nitsche

4 Jeff Gross

Paris Aviators — Fabrice Soulier

1 Bertrand Grospellier

2 Davidi Kitai

3 George Danzer

4 Mike Leah

 Hong Kong Stars — Celina Lin

1 Weiyi Zhang

2 Raiden Kan

3 Dong Guo

4 Bryan Huang

Up Next for The GPL

Team managers now have a couple weeks to make 2 wild card selections and solidify their team rosters. Schedules should be announced shortly thereafter.

As it stands now, Montreal, New York, and Rome look to be very strong. It will be interesting to see what moves are made by the managers in regard to the wild card choices.

Keep up with all your daily poker news and updates, including the Global Poker League, right here on Rakeback.com


By Dan Dececco, Rakeback.com Freelance Author



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