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Rome Emperors Get First Overall Pick; GPL Draft Order Revealed

18 February 2016, By: compncards
The Global Poker League has the potential to be the “next big thing in poker” and we now know which franchises will be in the best position to pick the best players.
Max Pescatori
Max Pescatori

On Tuesday the Global Poker League Draft Lottery was held and the Rome Emperors, headed by Team Manager Max Pescatori, will have the first-ever #1 draft pick.

Scheduled for Feb. 25th in Los Angeles, we’re now just one week away from the inaugural Global Poker League Draft and it's already providing plenty to talk about.

Rosters Expanded – Draft Now Four Rounds

Prior to Tuesday's draft lottery GPL CEO Alex Dreyfus announced that each franchise will now consist of six total players with four of those being draft picks.

Previously each franchise was to consist of five players with three draft picks and two “Wild Card” selections. With the addition of a fourth draftable player the GPL Draft will now consist of four rounds.

Each team gets one pick each round with a "snake" format, meaning the team that picks last in the first round picks first in the next. After the draft is complete the franchise manager has one week to announce his wild card picks.

Rome Emperors to Get First Selection

The Rome Emperors officially won the 2016 Global Poker League Draft Lottery.

Manager Max Pescatori will be first to pick on February 25and can pick from a list of players that includes Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier, Fedor Holz, Anthony Zinno, Mike Leah and many more.

The New York Rounders will be the first American-based franchise to pick in third followed by the San Francisco Rush in fourth and the Las Vegas Moneymakers in fifth.

Below is a list of the draft order for the first and third rounds of the GPL draft. This order will be reversed for the second and fourth rounds.

  1. Rome Emperors
  2. Montreal Nationals
  3. New York Rounders
  4. San Francisco Rush
  5. Las Vegas Moneymakers
  6. Sao Paulo Metropolitans
  7. London Royals
  8. Moscow Wolverines
  9. L.A. Sunset
  10. Berlin Bears
  11. Paris Aviators
  12. Hong Kong Stars

Kara Scott to Host – Hellmuth and Negreanu to Analyze

Kara Scott will host the GPL Draft coverage with Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu acting as analysts.

It will be interesting to see how the team managers pick. Will they stick with pros from their own countries or focus on creating the best team?

Logically, it would seem that a manager would build a franchise around a player like Vanessa Selbst or Jason Mercier.

However, with this series possibly playing more like a high roller series, it may be more beneficial to focus on players that have experience in that arena.

Regardless of the approach taken the choices will certainly be analyzed for weeks leading up to the start of the first season of the Global Poker League.

The first match has yet to be announced but odds are we will hear more about that during the draft or shortly thereafter.

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