2015 GPI Global Poker Masters

World Cup
Days: 1
Event Info

2015 GPI Global Poker Masters

Final Results Event Info
Level Info
3,000 / 6,000

World Cup

Day 1 Completed

Team USA Wins Playoff Round in Global Poker Masters; Team UK Out

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Team USA
Team USA

The day was long, the day was tough, but most of all the opening day of the first-ever Global Poker Masters World Cup was extremely exciting. When all was said and done, it was the stacked Team USA who locked up a bye into the semifinal while a very well-balanced Team UK was eliminated after finishing in eighth place.

After the highly-anticipated GPM draw party on the night before the event, all players knew the task at hand. Five heats of five eight-handed matches were set to be played on the playoff day, and each and every one of them was filled with action and lots of pressure. During the first two heats, players were openly discussing the points system, but as the day went on the action grew more intense and those open discussions turned into private conversations amongst team members.

The top four in matches from every heat would score points in the following order: 9,000 for first, 5,000 for second, 2,000 for third, and 1,000 for fourth. During the first heat, it was Team Italy (20,000) who took a 1,000-point lead over Team Russia (19,000). Team Ukraine had an abysmal first heat with only Oleksandr Gnatenko managing to score the team points with one fourth-place finish. During the second heat, things started to shape up as Team Germany and Team USA climbed the ranks into first and third place.

Team Ukraine continued its struggle, as the team only added 2,000 points in the second heat. Fortunately for them, Team UK was not far ahead with 9,000 points after two heats. Team Italy, however, maintained a very strong position in second place, but that was mainly due to one man.

The unofficial MVP title went to Italy’s Guiliano Bendinelli after his incredible performance for his team. He won his first two heats and narrowly missed out on winning the third. His pocket sixes were cracked by Ami Barer’s ten-six on the final hand of the heat. He also scored with a fourth-place finish. To put his performance in to context, he outscored the entire UK team by 6,000 points.

The third heat was dominated by Team Canada, as both Barer and Andrew Chen managed to win their heats. Marc-Andre Ladouceur finished third in his, and all of a sudden Team Canada jumped into second place. Ukraine remained miserably at the bottom, but that would all change very soon.

Bendinelli has already been mentioned as the best individual performer, but best team performance went to the Ukraine. Of course the USA performance was amazing, but Team Ukraine achieved something special today. Written off as massive underdogs by bookmakers before the event, a lack of confidence in expectations may have overcome them early as they were at the bottom of league table after three heats. Everyone likes a comeback story, though, especially if it surrounds the underdogs. Ukraine scored a staggering 24,000 points in the fourth heat after four of the team's players scored points, including two wins and one second place.

Before the final heat, it became very clear that today wasn't the Team UK's day. Olivier Price did the best he could and scored 17,000 points, but the other team members were extremely unlucky. Sam Trickett (1,000) managed to lose every all in he was involved in, while Simon Deadman (1,000) and both Salter brothers — Louis (2,000) and Jack (2,000) — could not get anything going. During the final heat, Trickett was one of the first players to get knocked out, and Team UK finished ingloriously in eighth place.

Most of the glory of the first day went to Dan Smith, the clear winner of the hand of the day. The Team USA player was chip leader three-handed in his last heat, knowing a victory would take his team to position where they couldn’t be overhauled by Germany or Italy. He was in the big blind and both opponents had moved all in blind before he looked at his hand. He peeked down and the players stood behind him erupted in laughter as they saw what he saw — he had woken up with pocket aces. He called, busted both opponents, won the heat, and confirmed the top spot for his country.

With that, the first day of the Global Poker Masters has come to a close. Team USA (68,000), Team Germany (67,000), Team Italy (62,000), Team Russia (60,000), Team France (52,000), Team Ukraine (50,000), and Team Canada (43,000) all successfully reached Day 2's quarterfinal round, which will start with teams in second through seventh places battling in a round of heads-up matches. Team USA will have a bye and has automatically advanced to the final table, which is the semifinal round. The team that finishes last during the heads-up round will be eliminated on join Team UK on the rail.

Action kicks off on Sunday at 12 p.m. local time, and you can follow all of the action right here on PokerNews.

Who Scored the Most Points? And Who the Least?

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According to our calculations, these are the amount of points all players scored in total. There must have been some small mistakes though, as by our calculations Team Germany has 2,000 too many points compared to the official end result for the day. It still is interesting to see, as some players have excelled today, and some not so much.

Guiliano BendinelliTeam Italy29,000
Oleksandr GnatenkoTeam Ukraine28,000
Isaac HaxtonTeam United States23,000
Ole SchemionTeam Germany21,000
Christopher FrankTeam Germany21,000
Patrick BruelTeam France21,000
Vladimir TroyanovskiyTeam Russia21,000
Vanessa SelbstTeam United States18,000
Erwann PecheuxTeam France17,000
Oliver PriceTeam United Kingdom17,000
Andrea DatoTeam Italy14,000
Andrew ChenTeam Canada14,000
Marvin RettenmaierTeam Germany14,000
Olivier BusquetTeam United States14,000
Anatoly FilatovTeam Russia13,000
VTeam Italy LunkinTeam Russia12,000
Dan SmithTeam United States11,000
Ami BarerTeam Canada10,000
Dario SammartinoTeam Italy10,000
Marc-Andre LadouceurTeam Canada10,000
Philipp GruissemTeam Germany10,000
Eugene KatchalovTeam Ukraine9,000
Igor SoshnikovTeam Russia7,000
Igor YaroshenkoTeam Ukraine7,000
Jonathan DuhamelTeam Canada7,000
Mustapha KanitTeam Italy7,000
Alex BilokurTeam Russia6,000
Sylvain LoosliTeam France6,000
Alexander DovzhenkoTeam Ukraine5,000
Bertrand GrospellierTeam France5,000
Bryn KenneyTeam United States2,000
George DanzerTeam Germany2,000
Jack SalterTeam United Kingdom2,000
Louis SalterTeam United Kingdom2,000
Paul TedeschiTeam France2,000
Rocco PalumboTeam Italy2,000
Sorel MizziTeam Canada2,000
Oleksii KhorosheninTeam Ukraine1,000
Sam TrickettTeam United Kingdom1,000
Simon DeadmanTeam United Kingdom1,000

Heat 5 Final Results

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 Table 1 
Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussia9,000
Marc-Andre LadouceurCanada5,000
Bertrand GrospellierFrance2,000
Guiliano BendinelliItaly1,000
Eugene KatchalovUkraine5th
Louis SalterUnited Kingdom6th
Isaac HaxtonUnited States7th
Marvin RettenmaierGermany8th
 Table 2 
Dan SmithUnited States9,000
Vitaly LunkinRussia5,000
Andrea DatoItaly2,000
Philipp GruissemGermany1,000
Sorel MizziCanada5th
Oleksii KhorosheninUkraine6th
Jack SalterUnited Kingdom7th
Sylvain LoosliFrance8th
 Table 3 
Ole SchemionGermany9,000
Mustapha KanitItaly5,000
Paul TedeschiFrance2,000
Igor SoshnikovRussia1,000
Vanessa SelbstUnited States5th
Simon DeadmanUnited Kingdom6th
Andrew ChenCanada7th
Igor YaroshenkoUkraine8th
 Table 4 
Erwann PecheuxFrance9,000
Alexander DovzhenkoUkraine5,000
Olivier BusquetUnited States2,000
Anatoly FilatovRussia1,000
Rocco PalumboItaly5th
Oliver PriceUnited Kingdom6th
George DanzerGermany7th
Jonathan DuhamelCanada8th
 Table 5 
Oleksandr GnatenkoUkraine9,000
Dario SammartinoItaly5,000
Patrick BruelFrance2,000
Bryn KenneyUnited States1,000
Alex BilokurRussia5th
Ami BarerCanada6th
Christopher FrankGermany7th
Sam TrickettUnited Kingdom8th

Dan Smith Wins Heat 5 Table 2 in Spectacular Fashion

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Dan Smith
Dan Smith

With just a few minutes remaining in the penultimate level of the last heat of day, Dan Smith was calculating if he could win it just then and there by not playing too many hands anymore. He used several time banks, giving his both opponents fewer options to gain chips.

And then this happened.

Andrea Dato announced he was all in blind from the button. "Ok, ok, I too all in" Lunkin said.

With two players all in blind, the two triangles were tossed in front of them and the cards were dealt.

Dan Smith glanced at his cards, and the rail behind him erupted in laughter as they got a sneak peek as well. Smith called.

Andrea Dato: {Q-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
Vitaly Lunkin: {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}
Dan Smith: {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades}

Smith got just about good a flop as he could ask for: {10-Spades}{6-Spades}{3-Spades}. The {9-Diamonds} on the turn gave Lunkin some outs, but the {4-Spades} on the river wasn't one of them.

"King Dan! Long live the king!" shouted the just busted Bryn Kenney.

Smith knocked out both his opponents in the same hand, and guaranteed the win for Team United States. Smith and the rest of Team United States have the first half of the day off, they go straight through to the semi finals.

Player Chips Progress
Team United States us
Team United States
68,000 9,000
Team Germany de
Team Germany
Team Italy it
Team Italy
52,000 2,000
Team Russia ru
Team Russia
51,000 5,000
Team France fr
Team France
43,000 2,000
Team Canada ca
Team Canada
Team Ukraine ua
Team Ukraine
Team United Kingdom gb
Team United Kingdom

Tags: Andrea DatoDan SmithVitaly Lunkin

Lunking Vibes, Gruissem Gone

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Philipp Gruissem has just finished in fourth place after he got knocked out by Vitaly Lunkin.

Lunkin: {10-Spades}{6-Clubs}
Gruissem: {A-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

The board ran out {4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{9-Spades}{6-Hearts}{8-Spades} and Gruissem hit the rail leaving this table for Andrea Dato, Dan Smith and the aforementioned Lunkin.