Montreal Nationals win the Global Poker League

The debut season of the GPL ends with Montreal beating the Berlin Bears in Las Vegas.

Montreal Nationals
The winning team on the night

The first season of the Global Poker League has concluded in Las Vegas with Marc-Andre Ladouceur's Montreal Nationals being crowned the inaugural champions. 

They defeated a very strong looking Berlin Bears, managed by Phillip Gruissem, which consisted of Bill Perkins, Sorel MizziBrian RastDominik NitscheJeff Gross and Daniel Cates.

Pascal Lafrancois delivered the final blow in the deciding match of the best-of-eleven contest, defeating Brian Rast heads-up. 

The team of Xuan LiuMike McDonaldMartin JacobsonPascal LefrancoisJason Lavallee and player/manager Marc-Andre Ladouceur now share the first prize of $100,000, as well as having the honour of being the first team ever to win this series. 

What now for the GPL?

Global Poker League

The Global Poker League has been an interesting experiment for poker which has attempted to bring in the sporting elements of team sports while embracing eSports events and Twitch streaming. 

The series started off positively with the online portion as we got to see the best players in the world face off in contests we probably wouldn't have otherwise seen, which led to some genuinely fascinating matches

We also got to see Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul play for the LA Sunset twice, which was a headline we never thought we would write in poker.

However, interest did appear to wane towards the end of the series as the teams moved towards the live portion of the league. The viewing figures this week on Twitch were getting beaten by low stakes poker streamers. Earlier in the season the GPL moved their finale from Wembley Arena to Las Vegas very quickly. 

The GPL players are certainly very enthusiastic about it and they now have PokerStars as a partner. It will be interesting to see what changes, if any, the Global Poker League will make for Season 2. 

You can watch the entire final day below:

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