Kunming Phoenix rise to become GPL China’s 8th Team!
Everything seemed to revolve around friendship and positivity as the night wound down on GPL China’s 8th live team qualification event in the southwestern Chinese metropolis of Kunming.
The winning team, a self-professed group of best friends from the region’s ‘Winner Poker Club’ were visibly elated as they put the finishing touches on their opponents to claim their title as GPL China’s official first roster for the Kunming Phoenix.
In their joint winner’s interview – apt for a gang of buddies hailing from a poker club whose name seems to have spelled out their destiny – weren’t shy about voicing their confidence in being able to overcome Kunming’s large player turn out to claim their spot in the League. In fact, even as the tournament progressed the team had already started strategizing about which players they would send to which games during league play.
The team wasn’t all bravado though as they noted they would be visiting a variety of major tournaments throughout China to train and study poker theory in the lead-up to League play to give themselves the best chance for success.
With that under our belts, we’re happy to introduce to you the 2017 Kunming Phoenix, along with some photos of the event that turn these 6 from poker enthusiasts to League players:
For a full rundown of the winners and a glimpse of the action that went down in Kunming check out the video below:
Other teams that already qualified for the first GPL China Season:
- Beijing Great Dragons
- Tianjin Guardians
- Shanghai Golden Tigers
- Hangzhou Legends
- Taiwan Black Bears
- Xi’an Warriors
- Chengdu Pandas
- Kunming Phoenix