Ahead of the first round of the Global Poker Masters – The Playoffs – Backdoor Quads compares the lifetime earnings between the eight nations and forty competitors. With the competition expected to serve up some tasty clashes involving some of the world’s top poker players, let’s take a moment to look at the numbers
The favourites for the competition overall are Canada (5/2 according to Bet365), and their team includes 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, whose winnings unsurprisingly make up nearly 40% of the team’s lifetime earnings. Nevertheless, Team Canada has the second highest total of lifetime earnings, second only to Team USA
Speaking of Team USA, they have what looks on paper to be potentially the strongest and most balanced team of all nations competing, with each player having earned at least $5m in lifetime earnings. Their line-up is led by GPI Ladies Player of the Year Vanessa Selbst, with $10.6m. They will be looking to put a strong performance in not only in the Playoffs, but on Day 2 as well.
There are big names in a number of the other teams as well, including the UK with Sam Trickett playing alongside Oliver Price, Simon Deadman and brothers Louis and Jack Salter. Trickett constitutes nearly 80% of Team UK’s lifetime earnings, so it remains to be seen how this might affect the team’s performance.
The outsiders this year, at least on paper are
France at 10/1. Team Pokerstars Pro Elky is the star name with nearly $11m in lifetime earnings, about 65% of his team’s total. It will be interesting to see whether or not teams such as France and UK can use their star names to their advantage.
The lowest team total is Italy, with just $7.5m. This figure is lower then three of the five Team USA members. According to Bet365 they are only priced at 8/1, with a lot of talent in their ranks including both WPT and IPT Main Event winners.
EPT regular Eugene Katchalov represents Team Ukraine alongside some other more unknown players including Oleksandr Gnatenko. Although only having just over $500,000 in lifetime earnings, I am reliably informed he has the same amount and more in online earnings!
The most equally split team arguably is Russia, with Vitaly Lunkin leading the way. Bet365 has the Russian team at 6/1 to win the inaugural Global Poker Masters, and with such an experienced team, each of the individuals has more than $1m in lifetime earnings, it remains to be seen whether they will do well.
Last but not least is Germany. A star-studded line-up includes Ole Schemion and WSOP Player of the Year George Danzer, and is completed by Gruissem, Rettenmaier and Frank. Priced attractively at 10/3, they are unsurprisingly many people’s favourites for the tournament.
Check out the livestream of the Global Poker Masters, live from the Hilton Portomaso in Malta at: http://www.twitch.tv/gpipoker
Note: All stats from The Hendon Mob. Correct as of 21/03/15.