It was the final week of the inaugural season of the Global Poker League and the playoffs are now set.
Week 14 saw a heap of heads-up fixtures that concluded with Marc-Andre Ladouceur’s Montreal Nationals holding on to their top spot and finishing the regular season as the best team in the league. Their final tally for the 2016 season is 199 points with L.A. Sunset trailing with 188.
Montreal Nationals Week 14 Heads-Up
This was the second week without any six-max matches and the Nationals had two head-to-head matches on the schedule to conclude the season. First up was a faceoff against league rivals L.A. Sunset on Tuesday. Pascal Lefrancois took the seat for the Canadian team against Olivier Busquet for three rounds.
The Sunset needed to perform well here for any hope of taking over the lead in the league. It was still possible for them to overtake the Nationals before the season was done.
The first round was a quick 20 hands that ended with a short-stacked Lefrancois getting it in preflop with against and failing to catch a card, surrendering the first three points to L.A.
The second round was the longest of the three and ended on the 34th hand. But Lefrancois' stack was whittled down until he got the last of it in with and was called by Busquet’s . The coinflip went in favour of the Sunset when a queen hit the flop. Another three points went to the rivals.
The third and final round finally went the other way. This time, it was Busquet who had the shorter stack when the chips went in on the 21st hand. Lefrancois limped his on the button and Busquet found himself with an ace of his own, pushing all in with his dominated . Both of them found an ace on the flop and the only higher card was a ten, meaning Lefrancois’ eight kicker played and he eliminated Busquet to secure three points for the Nationals.
On Thursday, the Nationals were lined up to play one final heads-up match for the season against the San Francisco Rush. Kitty Kuo was on the roster to play the Canadians’ team manager Marc-Andre Ladouceur, but she found herself stuck on a plane and was unable to play the match. The Rush forfeited, giving the Nationals six more points for the season and securing their place at the top of the standings.
Two teams from the Americas conference and two teams from the Eurasian conference have been eliminated from postseason play and the remaining teams are taking a month off to prepare for the playoffs.
On November 29, the playoffs will get started in Las Vegas with first-seed Montreal Nationals taking on the San Francisco Rush with a chip advantage of 130,000 to 100,000. The Americas conference champion will be decided that day and the Eurasian conference will crown a top team on November 30. Then, on December 1, the finals will see two teams battle it out for league supremacy and a grand prize of $100,000.