American actor Aaron Paul has been named as the latest addition to the Global Poker League. Paul, best known for his role as Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad, was named to the Los Angeles Sunset, managed by Maria Ho.
"I love Poker as a game and mind sport, so I'm excited to be part of this new eSports League," Paul said. "Representing the L.A. Sunset together with some of the best players in the world should be a blast."
Paul will join an L.A. Sunset team that includes Fedor Holz, Olivier Busquet, Eugene Katchalov, Chance Kornuth, and Ho, who selected herself as the other wildcard alongside Paul.
Over the past couple of years, Paul has quietly shown his interest in the game, and famously played in the World Series of Poker Main Event last year, although he busted early.
"Poker as we know it has existed for decades, but with the esports boom the GPL is creating a new competitive format very similar to what conventional sports have done in the U.S.," said Ho. "We've had a lot of opportunities to include celebrities that happen to also be talented players, but in my experience Aaron is one of the most committed to the sport of poker right now. He wants to learn and beat the best. He's an amazing addition to the L.A. Sunset and I'm hoping he'll end up being a pivotal part of our team being a winning hand."
The news comes one week into the inaugural GPL season, with the second week of play scheduled to start Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
"We created GPL to engage with the game's global fanbase and having Aaron Paul joining the League with a wildcard spot on the L.A. Sunset is an amazing milestone for us especially because he himself is a real fan," said Alex Dreyfus, GPL President. "I can't wait to see him learn, play and I hope he does well."