Beginning next Tuesday, the brainchild of one of the most powerful men in the poker industry will actually come to fruition. On Tuesday evening, the ยูฟ่าสล็อต will begin its inaugural season with its first live matches streamed to fans and later broadcast across the Poker Central channel.
The creator of the GPL, Alexandre Dreyfus, remarked on the creation of his pet project in an e-mail announcement to the media recently. “Three years ago it was an idea,” Dreyfus began in his e-mail statement. “Two years ago it was a Word document; one year ago it was a PowerPoint (presentation) (and) next week, it’s going live.” From those germinations of thought, the Global Poker Index has been born, but it has been a long course in reaching this point.
It took Dreyfus’ ability to combine several entities along the way to have the tools to put together a professional poker league, one tasked with the challenging goal of “sportifying” the game of poker. It all started in 2012 when Dreyfus picked up the Global Poker Index, one of the assets of Federated Sports & Gaming (the ill-fated endeavor that brought about the Epic Poker League) that was actually worth something, and turned it into arguably the preeminent ratings system in the poker world. Since that time, Dreyfus added on such entities as TheHendonMob.com (to cover the history of tournament poker and, once again, arguably THE go-to place for live tournament results) and other sites to drive the launch of the GPL and its inaugural 12 teams.
Now, come Tuesday night, it all begins for the GPL.
The GPL season will start off on April 5 with the two conferences squaring on in intra-conference battles. The six teams that make up GPL Eurasia – the Hong Kong Stars, the Moscow Wolverines, the Berlin Bears, the Paris Aviators, the Rome Emperors and the London Royals – will square off in two Six-Max battles scheduled for noon and 1:40PM (all times are Eastern Time U. S.). Following the completion of those two sessions, the GPL Americas teams – the L. A. Sunset, the Sao Paulo Metropolitans, the Toronto Nationals, the San Francisco Rush, the New York Rounders and the Las Vegas Moneymakers –will take to the felt with their own two sessions scheduled for 3:30 and 5:10PM.
These sessions will be played live on the GPL’s game platform and will be streamed live over the GPL’s outlet GPL.tv. If you do miss the live stream, there will be recaps done on Twitch and on Poker Central, which will dedicate programming time to the GPL three nights a week (Tuesdays through Thursdays) to offer up information on the current state of the GPL.