Mediarex S&E is creating a Poker Entertainment Framework


One capable of aggregating fans & disrupting poker’s fan experience - shifting it to a sports fandom model to unite and engage the audience for poker, associated games and videogame contemporaries currently being consumed in fragments by the millions of enthusiasts who love them.

THE GPL

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Poker entertainment where the viewer comes first. Team unity, pride & the competitive spirit drives action. Participation, connection to the game & live spectacle drive engagement.

TEAM & MANAGERS


The Global Poker League's 1st Season is divided into two conferences: GPL Americas & GPL Eurasia. Each conference features 6 teams (12 teams total) with established Poker Pros acting as the Managers of their 6 player squad:
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LONDON ROYALS LIV BOEREE

Live Winnings: $2,977,203

 

Liv Boeree, a former EPT San Remo Champion & co-founder of the Raising for Effective Giving charity organization.

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BERLIN BEARS PHILIPP GRUISSEM

Live Winnings: $9,704,018

 

One of the most successful tournament players in German history, Philipp Gruissem now spends time focused on charity as well.

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MOSCOW WOLVERINES ANATOLY FILATOV

Live Winnings: $1,298,838

 

Anatoly is a Russian-born pro with over $1.6 million in online cashes in addition to his live scores.

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PARIS AVIATORS FABRICE SOULIER

Live Winnings: $5,815,738

 

A legend in the French poker scene, Fabrice Soulier is an 18-time winner on the live tournament poker circuit.

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ROME EMPERORS MAX PESCATORI

Live Winnings: $4,176,786

 

A trailblazer for poker in Italy, Max Pescatori – “The Italian Pirate” – is a four-time WSOP bracelet winner.

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HONG KONG STARS CELINA LIN

Live Winnings: $577,577

 

Shanghai born Celina Lin is a Macau regular whose consistent live results have pushed her to a peak GPI rank of #2 in China.

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NYC ROUNDERS BRYN KENNEY

Live Winnings: $10,383,521

 

New York state native Bryn Kenney has spent a majority of the past 5 years as one of the Top 10 players in the world.

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LA SUNSET MARIA HO

Live Winnings: $1,708,584

 

Maria Ho remains one of the most respected players on the felt & has appeared with Tiffany Michelle in ‘The Amazing Race’.

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SAN FRANCISCO RUSH FARAZ JAKA

Live Winnings: $5,008,642

 

Former WPT Player of the Year, Faraz Jaka has been featured on CNNMoney in the special ‘Homeless Millionaire Poker Player’.

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LV MONEYMAKERS CHRIS MONEYMAKER

Live Winnings: $3,586,676

 

The man responsible for igniting the Poker Boom, Chris Moneymaker turned a satellite win into victory at the historic 2003 WSOP Main Event.

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MONTREAL NATIONALS MARC-ANDRE LADOUCEUR

Live Winnings: $1,704,611

 

Marc-Andre Ladouceur is one of Canada’s top players with multiple EPT final tables & a side event win at EPT San Remo Season 9.

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SAO PAULO METS ANDRE AKKARI

Live Winnings: $1,423,227

 

A Sao Paulo native, Andre Akkari is a leader in the Brazilian poker community and boasts a WSOP bracelet victory among other titles.

OVERVIEW: THE LEAGUE


The Global Poker League (GPL) is a modern mainstream, audience-centric poker competition. The League highlights a team based, zero buy-in structure & games played out online, in-studio & live at iconic venues.

Season One of the GPL features ~410 hours of livestreamed content – including sponsorship-ready hosted segments and brand-able online/ studio/ live gameplay spaces.

The focus is clear market viability in the long term; an organized, sports formatted & year-over-year arena for Poker to be enjoyed by the game’s 100+ million global fans 

GPLs opening run is based around a 12 team, 2 conference structure with 72 top players under contract designed to bring legitimate poker competition in-line with established esports fan experiences – distributed through the same proven digital channels.

GPL Season 1


GPLs inaugural Season began with Draft Day in Feb., 2016, running online until the 2016 live Summer Series from the League's LV studio inside The Cube - before finishing out the final 8 weeks of regular online Season play beginning in Aug., 2016.

4 qualifying teams from each GPL conference move on to play in the GPL Playoffs live at TwitchCon in Sept., 2016 - with the 2 two teams from each conference moving on to the GPL Finals at The SSE Arena, Wembley in Nov., 2016.

The Online Season

14 Weeks of three-times-weekly match days featuring 6-Max matches & Heads-Up action between teams across their home conferences. Teams compete in the GPL Americas & GPL Eurasia standings - The End-Goal: Make it into qualifying position to compete in the Playoffs.

The Summer Series

36 Cross-Conference Heads-Up Matches (GPL Americas teams vs. GPL Eurasia teams) played live on-site in Las Vegas without delay from the confines of The Cube.

Playoffs and Finals

PLATFORMS


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THE CUBE & POKERCASTER

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HOLDEM X

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ONLINE ARENA

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THE CUBE


THE GPLs SIGNATURE LIVE ARENA

| THE NEW FAN EXPERIENCE |

Poker fans crave real time information when watching poker live. The Cube® enables on-site fans to see every angle of gameplay – players’ hole cards, hand discussions, outs, the board, player reactions and everything in between caught by dedicated in-Cube cameras & displayed overhead to the audience.

Built from the ground up to provide a completely unique fan destination for live events – from LED light tracking to live hand projection – interactivity wrapped up in a platform that highlights the drama inherent to the game of poker and turns it into a legitimate spectacle live.

  • | GPLs CENTER STAGE – MOBILIZED ANYWHERE |

The Cube® can be installed/ uninstalled nearly anywhere in 2 days.

  • | UNTOUCHED GAME INTEGRITY |

Show every aspect of the game live with unique sound proofing & one way clear walls – the audience hears and sees the players, but the players can’t see or hear the audience.

  • | FULL SPECTATOR IMMERSION |

win/ loss percentages, hand analysis from experts & etc. – just as they would watching broadcast poker content. The difference: they’re right next to the action, watching live, in person.

HOLDEM X


SOCIAL, STRATEGIC GAMING TO BRIDGE THE ESPORTS & POKER COMMUNITIES

HoldemX™ fuses the Heads-Up No Limit Texas Hold’em experience with turn-based videogames, utilizing an ‘xCard’ metadeck to directly influence Poker play.

The result is a multi-layered gaming experience that incorporates an added a strategic turn-based layer to normal gameplay & emulates the fast paced game rhythm of pure turn based strategy games.

HoldemX™ gameplay keeps No Limit Hold’em as it’s gaming foundation, while taking cues from games such as Hearthstone™ & Magic: The Gathering™ – and drafting/ utility banning structures inspired by League of Legends™ & etc.

|  “If [HoldemX™] is successful, it might be just the creative shot in the arm the poker world needs.” | – ESPN

(U.S. Patent filed in October, 2015.)

POKER CASTER


THE HYBRID TV GAMESPACE

The platform for GPLs vision of fan-centric broadcast play, PokerCaster takes the positive aspects of online play – 3-4x as many hands played per hour, no need for a human dealer – and places them into the League’s live TV/ livestreamed poker arena – The Cube.

The PokerCaster interface opens up endless possibilities for gameplay configuration to create the best viewing experience:

  • No need for a poker table.
  • No need to play sitting down.
  • An insider’s view for fans to see players’ cards & see how much they plan on betting –poker’s version of always having a court-side seat during broadcasts.

ONLINE ARENA


SPECTATOR-FRIENDLY LIVESTREAMED ONLINE POKER

GPLs online arena offers live games, isolated players who are free to talk strategy (and anything else) directly to the audience in real-time & all hole card information, for every player & every hand. |

The League’s Online Arena solves Poker’s central audience needs:

  1. Live Coverage
  2. The ability to view player’s Hole Cards live
  3. The ability to hear players’ thought processes in real-time

Conventional coverage makes having all 3 available impossible – with the GPL Online Arena its the new standard.

STUDIOS


LIVESTREAM-READY PRODUCTION STUDIOS BUILT FOR POKER IN LAS VEGAS & EUROPE

Mediarex S&E operates twin studios in North America (Las Vegas) & Europe (Malta) rigged for full live productions of live & online matches featuring players competing either on-site or remotely via GPLs Online Arena:

  • Full direct streaming, live editing & remote-capture capabilities. 
  • Multi-camera Lounge, Commentary Desk & Live-Play sets.
  • Full integration between on-set talent/ livestream production room & remote/ on-site competition arenas. 

Fan Monetization and Sponsorship

Brand connections to GPL & the GPL fanbase without gambling stigmas & avenues for added-value subscriptions/ paid experiences that directly connect fans to the League, giving them the chance to get into the game themselves.
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Subscription Model Added-Value Fan Experiences
Free-to-play competitions & ways to actively play poker & connect with the League in a real way
An online subscription platform for fans: Amateur ``fan`` leagues, ways to win qualification onto GPL's pro rosters - competitions to win pieces of GPL teams' equity throughout their season - normal freerolls & more. Get the fans directly into the action - connect them with the game they love & the teams they support.
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League Sponsorships
Brand Connections with GPLs Core Audience
The GPL's audience represents one of the most valuable demographic cross-sections for mainstream brands. Packaging poker as a sports formatted competition without buy-ins or real money wagering by players removes conventional hurdles that have kept many brands away from engaging with the poker corridor.

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