Welcome to the weekly rundown of the Global Poker League here on PokerNews. In this space, all of the past week's results from the GPL will be listed, followed by league standings and a look at the following week's schedule.
Say goodbye to "The Cube" (for now, at least), as the last of the "Summer Series" interconference heads-up matches played out yesterday. With six weeks of regular season matches left to be played in August and September, the Montreal Nationals ended the summer on top of the Americas Conference, right where they were when the Summer Series began. Meanwhile over the course of the summer the Moscow Wolverines pulled ahead of the London Royals to grab the Eurasia Conference lead.
The summer started with the Americas Conference dominating in "The Cube," winning the first nine matches in a row versus Eurasia. The final heat of the Summer Series went similarly, with the Americas' teams taking five of six matches from Eurasia including two sweeps.
As seen on Poker Central, Xuan Liu of conference-leading Montreal beat Daniel Cates of the Berlin Bears two games to one. So, too, did the Rome Emperors's Mustapha Kanit earn a 2-1 victory over Byron Kaverman of the Sao Paulo Metropolitans for the lone Eurasia win of the heat.
Scott Ball of the Las Vegas Moneymakers then earned a 3-0 sweep over the Hong Kong Stars' Randy Lew, with the L.A. Sunset's Chance Kornuth topping Moscow's Anatoly Filatov 2-1. Jason Wheeler of the New York Rounders followed that with a 2-1 win over the Paris Aviators' Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.
Anton Wigg of the San Fransicso Rush rounded out Heat VI with a 3-0 sweep over the Royals' Chris Moorman.
The first game between the pair ended abruptly on the ninth hand when both flopped top pair of queens, with Wigg's giving him a better kicker than Moorman's . A king on the river made two pair for Wigg who shoved, and after a long tank Moorman talked himself into a call and lost.
Their second game went even more quickly, ending in just six hands. In that one Wigg turned an ace-high flush, a card that gave Moorman an open-ended straight draw plus a king-high flush draw (both useless as he was in reality drawing dead). Moorman then raised over a Wigg turn bet and was called, then missed the river and shoved as a bluff. A lengthy (and hilarious) slowroll by Wigg followed before he finally called to win. The third game took longer — 46 hands — but Wigg won again to earn the sweep.
Listed below are the results from GPL Summer Series Heat VI, followed by the standings heading into GPL's Week 9 set to begin August 16:
Summer Series Heat VI Results
|Xuan Liu||Montreal Nationals||2||6|
|Daniel Cates||Berlin Bears||1||3|
|Mustapha Kanit||Rome Emperors||2||6|
|Byron Kaverman||Sao Paulo Metropolitans||1||3|
|Scott Ball||Las Vegas Moneymakers||3||9|
|Randy Lew||Hong Kong Stars||0||0|
|Chance Kornuth||L.A. Sunset||2||6|
|Anatoly Filatov||Moscow Wolverines||1||3|
|Jason Wheeler||New York Rounders||2||6|
|Bertrand Grospellier||Paris Aviators||1||3|
|Anton Wigg||San Francisco Rush||3||9|
|Chris Moorman||London Royals||0||0|
|3||Sao Paulo Metropolitans||112||9|
|4||New York Rounders||108||9|
|5||San Francisco Rush||105||10|
|6||Las Vegas Moneymakers||95||7|
|3||Hong Kong Stars||106||7|
Upcoming Matches (Regular Season Week 9)
|August 16||12 p.m.||Eurasia 6-Max|
|1:40 p.m.||Eurasia 6-Max|
|3:30 p.m.||Americas 6-Max|
|5:10 p.m.||Americas 6-Max|
|August 17||12 p.m.||Rome Emperors vs. Hong Kong Stars|
|2:30 p.m.||Moscow Wolverines vs. Paris Aviators|
|5 p.m.||London Royals vs. Berlin Bears|
|August 18||1 p.m.||L.A. Sunset vs. Montreal Nationals|
|3:30 p.m.||Sao Paulo Metropolitans vs. New York Rounders|
|6 p.m.||San Francisco Rush vs. Las Vegas Moneymakers|
To watch Global Poker League matches, head over to Poker Central where each and every match can be watched live. Check out as well the official GPL website for full season's results, statistics, match replays, and more.