The Global Poker League (GPL) returned to action this week with Part II of Season 1. After Week 8 back at the end of May, the GPL jumped into the six-week Summer Series of heads-up matches live in Las Vegas. The season continued with Week 9 this week with more six-max and heads-up online matches.
The only Canadian GPL team, the Montreal Nationals managed by Marc-Andre Ladouceur, emerged as a big success when they were the first team to score 100 points at the end of May. They have continued to prove themselves and are the best team in the Americas conference as well as the whole league with 153 points. L.A. Sunset trails with 147, followed by Moscow Wolverines from the Eurasia conference with 136.
Montreal Nationals Week 9 6-Max
The Nats got the week started on Tuesday, September 20, with their first six-max match against their five opposing teams in the American conference. Xuan Liu was chosen to take the seat for the Canadian team, but she was the first player eliminated in that match, collecting no points.
Liu found herself short-stacked and in a blind-versus-blind situation against Jason Mercier who pushed all in. Liu called off with for her match life, finding herself facing the of Mercier and not in a terrible spot. But the flop came and she never improved better than Mercier’s pair of jacks.
Mercier went on to finish runner-up in that match, collecting five points for the New York Rounders. Maria Ho earned seven points for the L.A. Sunset when she emerged the winner.
The Nats avoided the goose egg in the second match of the day. This time, Liu made it through to four-handed play before being eliminated in a very similar situation. She was sitting with a short stack and in the big blind again when the small blind — Maria Ho this time — pushed all in and Liu called with . Unfortunately, Ho had a dominating and held through the runout, eliminating Liu from play for two points.
Jason Mercier picked up seven points for the win in that match while Sao Paulo Mets’ Byron Kaverman found the second-best score of five points.
Montreal Nationals Week 9 Heads-Up
The Nats got back in action on Thursday, September 22, with a series of three heads-up rounds against the L.A. Sunset. Olivier Busquet was chosen to represent the yellow and orange while team manager Marc-Andre Ladouceur jumped into the ring for the Nationals.
The first round took a full 47 hands before the winner was decided and it was Busquet who held the lead throughout the entire round before finally finishing off the Canadian when Ladouceur pushed his short stack all in from the button holding . Busquet called with in the pocket and the board came queen high, giving the round to Busquet for three points.
The next round took much less time, coming to a conclusion in 27 hands. With Ladouceur holding a significant chip lead, he raised the button with . Busquet called with and found the best of the flop with giving him top pair. He check-called a bet from Ladouceur and the turn card was the , improving Busquet to a seemingly strong two pairs but giving Ladouceur the straight. Busquet check-called another bet and the river was the . He checked once more, Ladouceur pushed all in, and Busquet called to find out he was eliminated, giving the three round points to the Montreal Nationals.
The third and final round was the longest by one hand. A total of 48 hands decided the match and it was Ladouceur who took the three points, giving the match to the Nationals with six points to the L.A. Sunset’s three.
The match concluded with Ladouceur pushing all in from the button with over short-stacked Busquet who called with . By the time the board completed, Busquet just had an ace kicker to contribute to the pair on the board and Ladouceur had made a full house.
GPL Week 10
Next week, the Montreal Nationals will choose a player for two more six-max Americas conference matches on Tuesday, September 27, before facing the New York Rounder for three rounds of heads-up matches on Thursday, September 29. You can watch all of the action on Twitch.