GPL's Montreal Nationals Week 11: Another Seven Points and Still Leading the League

GPL Montreal Nationals

Week 11 just wrapped up in the Global Poker League’s inaugural season with the one Canadian team, the Montreal Nationals, continuing to dominate the competition.

With manager Marc-Andre Ladouceur at the helm, the Nats have concluded the week with a league-best 181 points, followed by the L.A. Sunset with 173. Also in the Americas conference, the Sao Paulo Metropolitans carry the third-best spot of 154 points before a Eurasian conference team enters the race in fourth spot. The Moscow Wolverines have 150 points.

GPL Week 11 standings

Montreal Nationals Week 11 6-Max

As usual, the week started on Tuesday with two six-max matches between the six teams in the Americas conference. World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson took the seat for the Montreal Nationals and managed to find three points for the Canadian team in the first match after finishing in third place.

Four-handed, Jacobson found himself in good position with just a little less than the chip leader, but got it all in preflop against the two shorter stacks holding {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} against {a-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}. The {7-Hearts} hit the flop and Maria Ho was eliminated in fourth place with her ace-high while Jacobson was left crippled.

In the very next hand, Jacobson woke up with {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and saw a flop three-handed. One opponent held {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and Jacobson was in good shape against that hand. But the other player held {5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and found two pairs on the flop of {3-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}. A few chips went in and there were still three players on the {q-Spades} turn, but then Jacobson called an all-in bet with his one pair and couldn’t improve with the {2-Diamonds} river and was eliminated in third place.

Jacobson had less luck in the second match and was eliminated in fifth place for a single point. Luckily, league rivals L.A. Sunset were the sixth-place finishers and earned zero points for no help in trying to take over the points lead.

Jacobson met his demise this time in blind-on-blind action. Joao Pires Simoa pushed all in from the small blind and Jacobson called off with his short stack in the big blind holding {a-Hearts}{8-Hearts}. We was ahead of his opponent’s {10-Hearts}{7-Spades} and looked to be headed for a double-up, but the flop came {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{a-Spades} and his paired ace never caught up to Simoa’s trips.

Montreal Nationals Week 11 Heads-Up

Two days later, the Montreal Nationals were back at the tables for head-to-head action against the Las Vegas Moneymakers. The Canadians selected Pascal Lefrancois to face Anthony Zinno in a series of three rounds of heads-up play.

GPL Week 11 heads-up match Pascal Lefrancois vs. Anthony Zinno

The first round was a quick 21 hands that went Zinno’s way after an interesting final hand. Zinno was first to act with the advantage of the dealer button and he limped in with {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}. Lefrancois held {2-Spades}{9-Spades} and elected to raise to 3,500. Zinno called and the flop came {q-Spades}{j-Clubs}{6-Hearts}. Lefrancois continued for 2,400 with air and Zinno called with his open-ended straight draw.

The {8-Clubs} on the turn completed Zinno’s draw and gave Lefrancois the gutshot straight draw, but he continued to try to sell the idea of a made hand with a bet of 6,020. Zinno made the call and the river was the {4-Spades}. With his remaining chips adding up to three-quarters of the pot, Lefrancois committed to his story and pushed all in. Zinno made the easy call with the nuts and Lefrancois was eliminated, surrendering three points to the Moneymakers.

The second round took 35 hands and the result went the other way. Lefrancois was in the chip lead when he was dealt {j-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} on the button. He limped in and Zinno pushed all in with {8-Hearts}{9-Clubs}. Lefrancois called and emerged with the best hand after the board ran out {4-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{9-Spades}{j-Spades}, finding three points for the Nats.

The third round was the quickest one yet, taking just 18 hands to come to a conclusion. The tie-breaking battle ended in a setup scenario with Zinno holding {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} and Lefrancois playing {a-Clubs}{8-Spades}. The flop of {a-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} hit both of them with two pairs and the chips were destined to go in. They did so on the river and Lefrancois saw his fate, giving Zinno the final three available points in the day.

GPL Week 12

Next week, the Montreal Nationals will choose a player for two more six-max Americas conference matches on Tuesday before facing the New York Rounders for three rounds of heads-up matches on Thursday. You can watch all of the action on Twitch or on

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  • Martin Jacobson and Pascal Lefrancois earned seven more points for Nats to hold on to league lead!

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