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Paris Aviators, Montreal Nationals Lead After Global Poker League Week 2

20 April 2016, By: compncards
Week two of the Global Poker League is in the books and we have new leaders in both divisions.
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The Montreal Nationals leapfrogged into first place of the Americas Conference after strong play in the heads-up rounds by Pascal Lefrancois.

Meanwhile, Mike Leah and Alex Luneau banked 14 points to propel the Paris Aviators into first in the EurAsia Conference.

Nationals Lead Thanks to Lefrancois Sweep

The Montreal Nationals took over first place over in the Americas Conference after solid performances by both Xuan Liu and Pascal Lefrancois.

Meanwhile, the New York Rounders was able to retain the second spot thanks to stellar play from Jason Mercier.

Tuesday was Six-Max day and Kitty Kuo of the San Francisco Rush pulled out the victory in the first match, earning 7 points. Joao Pires Simao finished runner up for the Sao Paulo Mets for 5 points. 

Xuan Liu of the Nationals finished in fifth in the first match and only managed a single point. However, Liu caught fire during the second match and took it down to give the Nationals the win and 7 points.

The Nationals continued their hot streak heading into the heads-up rounds on Wednesday. Pascal Lefrancois took on Thiago Nishijima of the Mets. He proceeded to sweep all three matches to earn 9 points and propel them into first place overall.

The New York Rounders were able to hang onto second place after a strong performance by Jason Mercier. He swept Phil Galfond of the Rush 3-0 for 9 points.

After Week 2, the Nationals hold a 4-point lead over the Rounders. Just 8 points separate first and fourth. The Rush and the Mets really need to pick up a couple of wins this week or risk sliding further down the cellar.

Below are the standings after Week 2:

Americas Conference

Team

Total Wins

Total Points

Montreal Nationals

3

29

New York Rounders

3

25

Los Angeles Sunset

2

23

Las Vegas Moneymakers

0

21

San Francisco Rush

2

15

San Paulo Metropolitans

0

13

Aviators in First after Strong Group Effort

While it is still early in the first-ever Global Poker League season, the EurAsia Conference is quickly weeding out the pretenders from the contenders.

The Paris Aviators pulled into first this week after earning 14 points while the Hong Kong Stars kept pace for second. Mike Leah performed strongly for the Aviators during the Six-Max round, finishing second and third respectively to earn 8 total points.

During heads-up play Alex Luneau took two out of three from Dario Sammartino of the Rome Emperors to earn 6 points.

Amazingly, the Aviators were not the top point earners this week. The Berlin Bears actually earned 15 points this week off the strength of the play of Dominik Nitsche.

Nitsche won the first six-max game and finished second in the other to earn 12 points. He then won one of three heads-up contests against Vladimir Troyanovskiy of the Moscow Wolverines to bring the team's point total for the week to 15.

Sadly, the Bears' strong performance was only enough to pull them out of the cellar to 5th place. After earning just 3 points in Week 1, they have only 18 total points.

The Aviators lead after Week 2 with 30 points. The Hong Kong Stars are second with 23 points. The rest of the league will need to pick up points or risk being left behind. With that said, only 6 points separate second from sixth and the season is still young.

Below are the EurAsia Conference standings after Week 2:

EurAsia Conference

Team

Total Wins

Total Points

Paris Aviators

3

30

Hong Kong Stars

2

23

Moscow Wolverines

2

19

London Royals

2

19

Berlin Bears

1

18

Rome Emperors

0

17

Week 3 of the Global Poker League is underway. Action will continue through Thursday with teams looking to bank points as the march for the playoffs begins.

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