Alex Dreyfus, the CEO of the Global Poker Index (GPI) has made it very clear that he wants to sportify the game of poker and change its images of being termed as a game of luck into a game of skill. Dreyfus and his company have been committed to re-branding the game of poker by collaborating with a number of different groups to promote and host some interesting poker events.
One such event that Dreyfus has always wanted to launch is the Global Poker League (GPL). There has been a lot of talk in the past about launching a GPL that would bring together some of the best poker players in the world. Over the past week, the GPI has released more information about the tournament format and the teams that would participate in the first ever GPL that will be held in 2016.
The GPL will comprise of 12 franchise teams who come from 12 different cities and will compete against each other during the first quarter of 2016. The tournament will run for a total of 16 weeks and the 12 franchises will be split into two teams from EurAsia and the Americas.
The cities from EurAsia that will participate will include Hong Kong, Prague, Moscow, Barcelona, London and Paris. The cities from the Americas will include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Sao Paolo and Toronto.
Speaking about the first ever GPL format, Dreyfus said
The GPL will break some codes of current game play. We will launch duel matches of 30-40 minutes, triggered by a clock, with a table featuring digital cards and real chips using RFID technology. This way, the players can keep playing with their chip tricks, but also play four times more hands per hour than current live poker. In addition to being able to see the hole cards as one would on TV, the live audiences will also enjoy a game played at a much faster pace
Dreyfus will use the GPL format to experiment with the game of poker and believes that the GPL will evolve in the coming years and create an absolutely new and innovative poker product that will also focus on the fans and their entertainment.
The GPI is yet to release a list of poker players who will take part in the GPL nor has it confirmed on a venue where the first GPL will be staged.