The Chengdu Pandas have emerged the champions in the first edition of the Global Poker League (GPL) China. Once on the brink of crashing out, the Chengdu Padas made an excellent comeback to advance through the playoffs and win the title to bag one million Yuan – approximately $151,000 – in cash.
Beijing Great Dragons, Guangzhou Pioneers, Kunming Phoenix, Hangzhou Legends Chengdu Pandas, Macau Lions, Shenzhen Eagles, Hong Kong Treasure Ships, Tianjin Guardians, Xi’an Warriors, Shanghai Golden Tigers and Taiwan Black Bears were the 12 participating teams at the event.
The first phase of the tournament was called the Online Knockout Stage in which the two representatives from each team were selected to compete. The representatives played four-handed Sit-and-Go’s against players from the other three teams. The points were distributed based on the order of finish. The first player to get knocked in this stage did not win any point(s) for his or her team.
The Online Knockout Stage was followed by the Live Knockout Stage. Like the first stage, one player from each team played Sit-and-Gos, and a total of three eight-handed tables. The top four players at each table earned points for their respective teams. The points of the two stages were added up and the top two teams from each group automatically advanced to the playoffs.
In addition to that, the four lowest scoring teams played in a Resurrection round with two earning a place in the playoffs. Chengdu Pandas earned 88 points in the Resurrection stage to the reach the playoffs.
Chengdu pitted against Hong Kong, Kunming and Shanghai in the last four of the GPL. Chengdu won the semi clash to set up the final against Hong Kong. Chengdu was again in complete control in the final, scoring 88 points compared to 55 by their counterparts to be crowned the first winners of GPL China.