Global Poker League Coming into Greater Focus in China, India – PokerNews.com

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The Global Poker League finished up its first season last year when the Montreal Nationals topped the Berlin Bears and collected a $100,000 prize.

Since then, the budding league has appeared to abruptly shift gears. Rather than roll over into the second year of the league and continue to try to build things up under the vision CEO Alex Dreyfus originally laid out — a worldwide esports clone played both live and online in front of thousands of fans — the GPL has appeared to focus on start-ups in untapped, potential-laden markets.

First, there came the announcement of GPL China, followed by the reveal of a similar concept in GPL India. In these less mature, massive markets, GPL decision-makers see a chance to target a rapidly growing poker scene at the grassroots level and connect with poker fans and esports fans who are already used to consuming content via streaming mediums like Twitch.

More news has continued to hit the wire about GPL China and GPL India in recent weeks. PokerNews delved into the recent developments to sum up how both leagues have continued to progress.

GPL China

Back in early August, GPL China began coming into greater focus, transitioning from merely a concept into a reality as the rosters of four teamsBeijing Great Dragons, Tianjin Guardians, Shanghai Golden Tigers and Hangzhou Legends — were revealed. A fifth team, the Taiwan Black Bears, had also solidified its roster but the names of the players weren’t immediately available.

Since then, teams have continued to qualify through the league’s grassroots qualifying system. Players showed up to local events for satellites of sorts, and four more teams have battled their way into GPL China. The Xi’an Warriors, Chengdu Pandas, Kunming Phoenix, and Hong Kong Treasure Ships have all

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