Starting January 18th, 2016
PROS APPLY TO BECOME DRAFT ELIGIBLE
GPI’s Top 1,000 ranked players as of Dec. 31st, 2015 are invited to participate in the Global Poker League’s draft pool.
This means – upon signing a contract with the GPL, players are available to team managers to draft on GPL’s Draft Day (picked up to be a part of that manager’s team) – they MUST go to the team which chooses them on Draft Day.
GPL SELECTS TEAMS’ SELECTION ORDER FOR EACH ROUND OF THE DRAFT
On February 18th, – GPL will draw the order in which the League’s 12 managers select pros in each round of the Draft, for each of the Drafts 3 rounds.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
The earlier a manager’s choosing order is in any given round (i.e. if they have the 1st pick in a round vs. the 12th pick) the more advantageous it is to them, as more players are available. This order needs to be randomized for each of the Drafts 3 rounds in order to ensure fairness.
Managers from all 12 GPL teams will come together in LA on Feb. 25th, 2016 to draft 3 pro players each – one player per team per round – and add to their team line-ups:
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE DRAFT
Based on pre-announced choosing order – each of the GPLs 12 Team managers will choose their first player. Since this is the first round – manager’s choices represent their “top” picks the players they’d most like to have on their teams.
Based on pre-announced choosing order – each of the GPLs 12 Team managers will choose their second player. Since this is the second round – manager’s choices represent “2nd tier” picks – the players they’d really like to have on their team after their top pick.
Based on pre-announced choosing order – each of the GPLs 12 Team managers will choose their third and final drafted player. Since this is the third round – manager’s choices represent “3rd tier” picks.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE DRAFT
In the week following the GPL Draft – all managers must publicly announce who their “Wildcard” picks are – the 5th and final player, chosen at the manager’s own discretion, who will complete each team’s roster.