Global Poker League Holds First Draft; Mustapha Kanit Picked First Overall
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
Montreal Nationals — Marc-Andre Ladouceur
New York Rounders — Bryn Kenney
San Francisco Rush — Faraz Jaka
Las Vegas Moneymakers — Chris Moneymaker
Sao Paulo Metropolitans — Andre Akkari
|4||Joao Pires Simao|
London Royals — Liv Boeree
Moscow Wolverines — Anatoly Filatov
LA Sunset — Maria Ho
Berlin Bears — Philipp Gruissem
Paris Aviators — Fabrice Soulier
Hong Kong Stars — Celina Lin