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Global Poker League Holds First Draft; Mustapha Kanit Picked First Overall

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  • The first ever Global Poker League draft has concluded. Check out the rosters here.

The historic day finally arrived as the Global Poker League held its first-ever draft in Los Angeles, live streamed on the league's Twitch channel.

The draft, supported by commentary from poker legends Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth, saw 48 players selected in a four-round snake draft. The order of the draft was determined via random draw on Feb. 16, with more than 200 players available for selection. The commentary team dropped the bombshell that Antonio Esfandiari pulled his name out of the draft pool, and after the analysis wrapped up, it was on to the draft.

Max Pescatori, manager of the Rome Emperors, had the first pick and made his selection about 40 minutes into the stream: Mustapha Kanit. From there, the draft continued for about four hours as the teams slowly filled out pick by pick.

Here's a look at each of the 12 rosters with draft order:

Rome Emperors — Max Pescatori

1Mustapha Kanit
2Dario Sammartino
3Timothy Adams
4Walter Treccarichi

Montreal Nationals — Marc-Andre Ladouceur

1Mike McDonald
2Martin Jacobson
3Pascal LeFrancois
4Xuan Liu

New York Rounders — Bryn Kenney

1Jason Mercier
2Tom Marchese
3Kevin MacPhee
4Jason Wheeler

San Francisco Rush — Faraz Jaka

1Phil Galfond
2Tony Gregg
3Kitty Kuo
4Anton Wigg

Las Vegas Moneymakers — Chris Moneymaker

1Anthony Zinno
2Jonathan Duhamel
3Jake Cody
4Jonathan Little

Sao Paulo Metropolitans — Andre Akkari

1Darren Elias
2Byron Kaverman
3Thiago Nishijima
4Joao Pires Simao

London Royals — Liv Boeree

1Igor Kurganov
2Vanessa Selbst
3Chris Moorman
4Justin Bonomo

Moscow Wolverines — Anatoly Filatov

1Dzmitry Urbanovich
2Vladimir Troyanovskiy
3Andrey Pateychuk
4Sergey Lebedev

LA Sunset — Maria Ho

1Fedor Holz
2Olivier Busquet
3Eugene Katchalov
4Chance Kornuth

Berlin Bears — Philipp Gruissem

1Brian Rast
2Sorel Mizzi
3Dominik Nitsche
4Jeff Gross

Paris Aviators — Fabrice Soulier

1Bertrand Grospellier
2Davidi Kitai
3George Danzer
4Mike Leah

Hong Kong Stars — Celina Lin

1Weiyi Zhang
2Raiden Kan
3Dong Guo
4Bryan Huang

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