Poker’s supreme ranking authority the Global Poker Index is all set to launch its own ‘World Cup’ of poker with the announcement of the Global Poker Masters. Set to debut in 2015, The Global Poker Masters will be the culmination of a year-long GPI Player of the Year points race between the world’s top poker countries, as well as between the top players from each country.
The fight to quality for a place in the Global Poker Masters will be a two-fold battle, with the top 9 highest ranked countries qualifying to compete, and the top 4 players from each qualifying country – based on GPI Player of the Year points accumulated over a 12 month period – winning the chance to take a seat and compete on behalf of their nation. This is a player-centric event, with no rake and a structure conducive for media and fans to follow live.
The GPI has gone from strenght to strenght in the past couple of years. From being an external poker ranking agency to acquiring HendonMob, pokers best stats and database to taking over the European Poker Awards to launching a country based poker championship, GPI is surely doing its bit as a poker stake holder.
The GPM will give a chance to the best poker players of the world to play for national recognition and celebrate their poker success in their country. While the concept of a country based poker championship isn’t very new but GPM’s format looks better equipped to take the implementation to the next level.
Some early details of GPM as listed by the GPI Website are as follows:
Event Name: Global Poker Masters
Date & Venue to be held at: GPI is currently in the final stages of deciding the best place and time to run the GPM, with venue and date set to be announced this July.
Format : Multi-Round Sit ‘N Go Invitational-Only Tournament with a $10K Buy-In (tba) and $100K Added-Money Prizepool.
Exposure: the Global Poker Masters will be Live-Streamed online with feature table play aired on TV (to be confirmed).
For further details visit Global Poker Masters website.