The 2016 Global Poker League Draft List Is Out!

Global Poker League Draft

With the Draft Day of the first-ever Global Poker League just around the corner, Mediarex Entertainment finally released the official list of the 203 players that the 12 team managers will fight to get on their teams.

"The turnout for players signing up for the GPL Draft was much more than we expected — I see that as a sign of hope." Mediarex CEO Alex Dreyfus told PokerNews. "When players unite, they can make a real impact on the growth of poker. We're happy to try and provide a foundation to make that happen."

Taking place at the SLS Hotel in Beverley Hills on Feb. 25, 2016, the GPL Draft Day will be live streamed on Twitch.tv and is already set to be an exciting event, especially now that we how know many icons of the game decided to make themselves available to play in the GPL and join Mediarex's disruptive initiative.

33 Countries, More than $500 Million in Combined Winnings

Each GPL team will include five players, three of which will be drafted during GPL Draft Day from the top 1,000 GPI-ranked players. The other two players left will be selected as "Wild Cards."

2016 GPL Draft List
2016 GPL Draft List

In order to be included in the list, during the past weeks all the top 1,000 GPI-ranked players have been invited to confirm their availability to join the GPL. While a handful of big names decided the GPL and The Cube are not in their nearest future (Read: Steve O'Dwyer), an impressive number of pros and legends of the game answered with a sound "Yes" to the possibility to be part of a project that aims to bring poker to a whole new level.

With combined live tournament winnings for an astonishing $562,834,964, the 203 players in the list hail from a total of 33 countries. While the delegation from the United States accounts for nearly half of the total field, the list of draftable players includes names from every corner of the world, including Brazil, China, Canada, Russia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Who Are The 203 Players?

While the list does not include the names of Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth — as they will be busy hosting the Draft Day together with Kara Scott — we can see that an impressive number of top players decided to join Dreyfus' adventure.

One that is on the list and is likely to end up in one of the twelve teams is undoubtedly Antonio Esfandiari. Sitting on the second spot of U.S. all-time money list with live tournament earnings for more than $26 million, Esfandiari is not only a terrific player but is also one that sure knows how to attract attention and engage the public.

Among the others that may be picked to join the 2016 GPL there are stars like Jeff Madsen, Jonathan Duhamel, Jason Mercier, Brian Rast, Vanessa Selbst, and Kevin MacPhee.

While Esfandiari is the list's biggest winner in live tournament poker, Chris Moorman leads the troop in terms of online cashes, as according to PocketFives he's been able to put together online winnings for $13 million. Also in the list are other great names of the game as Italy's Mustapha Kanit — winner of the first-ever Global Poker Masters with team Italy — Germany's Dominik Nitsche, Belgium's Davidi Kitai, and 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson.

Here's the full list of the 203 Draft participants

NameSurnameGPI POS 31/12/15NationalityLive EarningsOnline Earnings (PocketFives)
ByronKaverman1USA$6,757,855 
AnthonyZinno3USA$5,337,383-
KevinMacPhee5USA$5,424,937$7,118,382
JasonMercier6USA$16,356,296$2,001,750
FedorHolz9GER$7,549,491-
DavidiKitai10BEL$6,757,706$448,657
DominikNitsche13GER$5,164,231$3,398,488
DzmitryUrbanovich16POL$4,190,393-
MikeMcDonald18CAN$12,949,811$2,940,067
JonathanDuhamel21CAN$17,592,802 
ThomasMarchese24USA$12,404,012 
BenjaminPollak25FRA$2,613,573$327,067
MustaphaKanit31ITA$5,497,875$4,203,118
SamGreenwood33CAN$2,798,230$3,653,541
IgorYaroshevskyy34UKR$1,695,666-
DarrenElias35USA$3,505,319$3,646,815
JasonWheeler36USA$2,298,881-
BrianRast38USA$16,313,290 
DarioSammartino39ITA$3,251,024 
NiallFarrell41SCO$1,939,694$2,456,781
VladimirTroyanovskiy42RUS$4,199,228-
ScottClements44USA$6,975,297$3,717,126
AnkushMandavia45USA$2,316,280$2,773,923
MikeLeah48CAN$5,040,388$2,762,255
JaredJaffee49USA$2,730,423 
IsmaelBojang51AUT$1,870,754-
HansWinzeler53USA$2,009,527-
DavidYan57NZL$1,580,140$829,705
ShannonShorr59USA$6,052,301-
MichaelWang66USA$1,433,921$1,001,503
AndrewChen67CAN$4,652,583$1,993,787
MohsinCharania71USA$4,724,869-
JeremyAusmus75USA$4,788,806-
SylvainLoosli76FRA$4,857,533-
SamuelChartier77CAN$2,455,530 
JeffMadsen80USA$5,147,837-
BrianYoon81USA$2,788,075-
ScottDavies86USA$1,536,893-
NipunJava87IND$1,654,477 
JustinBonomo88USA$9,690,053 
VladimirDobrovolskiy90RUS$803,830-
ChristianHarder99USA$3,616,452$3,239,083
KirylRadzivonau103BLR$1,534,334$868,103
JonathanLittle106USA$6,257,741$1,053,162
SorelMizzi110CAN$11,148,823 
GovertMetaal115NED$2,117,699-
AndreyPateychuk116RUS$2,873,717 
BenYu121USA$1,582,932$42,575
MatthewGlantz133USA$6,021,692-
IgorKurganov137RUS$10,218,893 
JussiNevanlinna140FIN$1,843,978-
RicardoAlvarado143USA$434,651-
OliverPrice145ENG$1,465,232-
UpeshkaDe Silva149USA$1,010,803 
AaronMermelstein150USA$1,326,382 
DylanWilkerson151USA$1,791,157 
SamStein153USA$4,601,497$1,611,926
JakeSchwartz154USA$985,822-
ErwannPecheux155FRA$1,169,511-
AllenKessler163USA$3,229,616-
AleksandrGofman169RUS$873,576-
JustinYoung172USA$3,651,893-
MaxSilver175USA$2,358,622 
AlexRocha186USA$763,079-
Jose CarlosGarcia189POL$1,183,077$1,973,897
BertrandGrospellier192FRA$10,922,427 
JeffreyGross193USA$2,450,671$522,393
DavidBaker197USA$3,767,257-
ChristopherDeMaci198USA$2,026,257 
JustinLiberto204USA$1,833,347$147,690
GeorgeDanzer205GER$2,249,980-
RepPorter206USA$2,900,670 
DaniStern210USA$2,733,207$1,763,804
DavidVamplew215SCO$3,599,940$1,970,537
JustinOliver216USA$911,087-
RaidenKan220HKG$866,303-
JavierZarco223ESP$1,204,811 
ChanceKornuth228USA$3,241,176$1,762,732
NoahBronstein230USA$526,940-
TimothyReilly232USA$821,795$1,171,445
ChristopherTryba235USA$1,655,716 
IliodorosKamatakis239GRE$623,682 
WalterTreccarichi249ITA$819,052-
ThomasButzhammer250GER$1,124,432-
TobiasPeters256NED$851,826 
ChrisHunichen264USA$1,201,785$8,136,397
IaronLightbourne266ENG$1,208,280-
BenjaminKeeline268USA$562,337-
LeoWolpert272USA$1,631,600$992,529
MartinJacobson273SWE$15,045,724-
MatthewSalsberg277CAN$1,948,129 
JosephEbanks278USA$3,107,576-
JohnHolley279USA$1,391,384 
ScottBaumstein281USA$1,477,398 
DavidParedes309USA$2,270,126 
FelixBleiker291SWI$545,508 
MichaelLaake293USA$704,645-
DiogoCardoso294POR$532,175-
JosephCouden295USA$1,090,210-
JordanCristos297USA$613,355$1,064,411
DavidTuthill300ENG$1,448,234-
SethBerger301USA$1,005,125 
JonathanKaramalikis304AUS$2,567,014$5,812,977
IsaacBaron305USA$5,364,815-
AntonWigg306SWE$1,995,352$6,178,797
KittyKuo308TAI$1,091,426 
NoahSchwartz316USA$5,264,152$780,358
EugeneKatchalov317UKR$8,669,109 
YungHwang319USA$1,731,468-
VanessaSelbst321USA$11,728,256 
RyanVan Sanford323USA$840,175-
ChadEveslage325USA$667,597$3,304,103
MatthewAffleck333USA$1,782,928-
ManigLoeser337GER$1,563,516 
DarrenRabinowitz340USA$1,164,160$87,935
KellyMinkin342USA$779,519-
NatashaBarbour347CAN$688,855-
ChristopherKlodnicki353USA$8,286,614 
RoccoPalumbo354ITA$1,693,398$3,373,454
TimothyAdams355CAN$2,546,978$1,403,178
IacopoBrandi356ITA$337,148-
XuanLiu359CAN$1,649,190 
MikeGorodinsky361USA$2,616,750-
KonstantinPuchkov362RUS$2,364,898-
JakeCody363ENG$4,132,822$697,494
DongGuo372CHN$554,374-
DanielWeinman373USA$1,211,132-
ThiagoNishijima374BRA$1,784,213 
BryanParis380USA$705,804 
NickPupillo381USA$635,441 
JustinSchwartz384USA$1,123,924$3,042
JasonLes403USA$1,029,967-
AntonioBuonanno405ITA$2,345,771-
AdamOwen408UK$305,147 
AndreaDato409ITA$1,719,798 
SamuelPanzica411USA$731,845 
EmilPatel427USA$670,937-
Pieterde Korver432NED$4,075,231 
AntonioEsfandiari434USA$26,495,567-
AlexanderIvarsson438SWE$391,513 
BenWinsor450ENG$622,568 
JesseSylvia451USA$5,987,767 
NikolayFal468RUS$224,411$635,168
Li-TaHsu471TPE$313,665-
EstherTaylor-Brady481USA$556,610 
Diwei BryanHuang486SIN$854,703$335,550
AlexandruMasek492USA$1,306,752-
JoaoPires Simao493BRA$508,033-
JamesRann494ENG$550,886$221,883
RayHenson517USA$2,019,553 
AnthonyGregg522USA$10,476,457-
JaredGriener533USA$383,117-
MaxxColeman534USA$1,201,594 
DanielStrelitz538USA$1,038,680$1,412,310
JonasLauck540GER$1,137,266$733,646
ValentinVornicu558ROM$482,454$178,360
ShawnBuchanan566CAN$5,902,874 
DaraO'Kearney571IRL$747,503$1,884,206
NicolauVilla-Lobos573BRA$1,160,434 
JasonMo589USA$1,806,754 
PhilGalfond594USA$2,339,619 
OleksandrGnatenko600URK$574,052$868,763
Felipe "Mojave"Ramos606BRA$969,051$701,286
SergeyLebedev612RUS$1,087,222-
KouVang616USA$892,601$82,883
TerryFan624TAI$715,496 
JerryWong641USA$1,299,996-
OlovJansson645SWE$153,367-
KeithLehr649USA$2,736,773 
CateHall651USA$420,675 
KennethAldridge656USA$1,280,877$30,538
FabrizioGonzalez Cataldi660ARG$1,175,430 
DmitryVitkind672RUS$1,290,923$628,228
JasonHelder703USA$1,717,441 
JamesCollopy713USA$1,251,342 
DavidNowling720USA$184,692 
MatthewSchultz733USA$406,720$584
GianlucaEscobar747ITA$243,329$923,354
AaronOverton748USA$678,478-
WilliamFoxen757USA$183,920$552,446
BrianBenhamou762FRA$616,564-
JonathanRoy765CAN$2,087,523 
PeterEichhardt769SWE$820,570-
CarlosChadha785USA$471,832 
ChrisMoorman793ENG$4,107,768$12,963,272
GuillaumeDiaz795FRA$372,351-
Weiyi Zhang 823 CHN$253,446    
AndreyKotelnikov834RUS$200,126-
Phong 'Turbo'Nguyen836USA$980,570-
RomainLewis847FRA$216,455-
WilliamReynolds871USA$1,808,446$1,698,059
MuhametPerati875ALB$416,232 
ClydeTjauw For885NED$517,335-
FatimaMoreira de Melo891NED$440,228 
GregoryMarcus906USA$329,253-
MarkRadoja908CAN$1,906,952 
DylanHortin915USA$651,514-
PhillipMcallister944ENG$540,467$2,052,592
JoeTehan955USA$4,287,302-
GuyTaylor961ENG$136,769$337,208
LuisFerreira972BRA$456,789 
PetrJelinek987CZE$343,023 

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