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.

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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STUDIOS

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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