GPL | Randy Lew and Olivier Busquet Dominating

Jonathan Little’s win over Kitty Kuo yesterday marked the 50th GPL match so far this season, so here Backdoor Quads takes a look at some of the statistics so far. Who has the most points? Who has the most Points-per-Game? And who has appeared the most? Let’s start with the Eurasia Conference, before moving onto the Americas.

Eurasia Conference

London Royals Team Manager Liv Boeree
London Royals Team Manager Liv Boeree

Most Points

Overall & Heads-up: 24pts

 

Randy Lew – Hong Kong Stars (12 appearances)

6-Max: 17pts

Liv Boeree – London Royals (4 appearances)

In the Eurasia Conference it is has been stand out performances from Randy Lew and Liv Boeree which have drawn the plaudits. Boeree became the first player to win to 6-Max matches (W3M22 & W5M42) while Randy Lew has an impressive record of 8-4 in the Heads-up format; the best of any player in the GPL

 

Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier seen here representing France at the Global Poker Masters
Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier seen here representing France at the Global Poker Masters

Highest Points-per-Game (PPG) 

Overall (>2 appearances): 4.25 PPG

Liv Boeree – London Royals (17pts from 4 appearances)

Heads-up (>3 appearances): 2.0PPG

ElkY – Paris Aviators (12pts from 6 appearances)

6-Max (>1 appearance): 6PPG

Dominik Nitsche – Berlin Bears (12 pts from 2 appearances)

Anatoly Filatov – Moscow Wolverines (12pts from 2 appearances)

Boeree is in first position in the overall PPG standings thanks to her two wins from four appearances in the 6-Max format. ElkY just pips stand out Heads-up player of the season so far Randy Lew (1.75PPG) by just 0.25 PPG, owing partly to the Frenchman’s win over him in Week 4. Both Dominik Nitsche and Anatoly Filatov rank highly in the 6-Max PPG standings for their outstanding debut performances in Weeks 2 & 4 respectively, where they both finished 1st and 2nd in the two matches they played.

Randy Lew (r) in action against Daniel Cates (l)
Randy Lew (r) in action against Daniel Cates (l)

Most appearances

Overall: 12

Randy Lew – Hong Kong Stars (All Heads-up)

6-Max: 5

Daniel Cates – Berlin Bears

Randy Lew has been noticeably ever present in the Heads-up format, starting the first four matches for the Hong Kong Stars, before Team Manager Celina Lin switched to Weiyi Zhang in Week 5. Meanwhile, Daniel Cates leads the 6-Max appearance standings, despite his poor start where finished 6th twice in Week 1.

 

 

Americas Conference

Olivier Busquet (l) as part of the American Global Poker Masters team
Olivier Busquet (l) as part of the American Global Poker Masters team

Most Points

Overall: 33pts

Olivier Busquet – LA Sunset (24pts Heads-up, 9pts 6-Max)

Heads-up: 24pts

Olivier Busquet – LA Sunset (12 appearances)

6-Max: 22pts

Felipe Mojave – Sao Paulo Mets (4 appearances)

Tyler Kenney – New York Rounders (4 appearances)

 

Olivier Busquet is the standout of this inaugural season so far, absolutely bossing the Americas Conference Heads-up matches, winning eight of his 12 matches so far. In contrast to Randy Lew in the Eurasia Conference (7 from 12) he has also managed to carry these performances over to the 6-Max, with a win in Week 4 cementing his position at the top of the overall points standings. 

 

Pascal Lefrancois (r) on his way to sweeping Thiago Nishijima in Week 2
Pascal Lefrancois (r) on his way to sweeping Thiago Nishijima in Week 2

Highest Points-per-Game (PPG) 

Overall (>2 appearances): 5.5PPG

Felipe Mojave – Sao Paulo Mets (4 appearances – all 6-Max)

Tyler Kenney – New York Rounders (4 appearances – all 6-Max)

Heads-up (>3 appearances): 2.5PPG

Pascal Lefrancois – Montreal Nationals (15pts from 6 appearances)

 

No surprise here that Felipe Mojave (1 win, 3 second places) and Tyler Kenney (2 wins, 1 second place, 1 third place) feature highly here following their performances so far this season. The pair have finished first and second in Americas Conference 6-Max matches on three occasions! Their results have no doubt played a part in helping the Mets and the Rounders to occupy second and first place in the Americas Conference standings. An equally unknown player pre-season was Pascal Lefrancois. His sweep of Thiago Nishijima in Week 2, as well as a 2-1 win over Bryn Kenney in Week 3 mean he has the highest Heads-up PPG of any player in the entire GPL

Felipe Mojave celebrates his win over Tyler Kenney in Week 3
Felipe Mojave (l) celebrates his win over Tyler Kenney in Week 3

Most appearances 

Overall: 14

Olivier Busquet – LA Sunset (12 Heads-up, 2 6-Max)

6-Max: 4

Felipe Mojave – Sao Paulo Mets

Anton Wigg – San Francisco Rush

Tyler Kenney – New York Rounders

Mike McDonald – Montreal Nationals

Tony Gregg – San Francisco Rush

Similarly to Randy Lew, Busquet has only missed one week so far this season (Week 3). There are five players who have each played four 6-Max mathces for their team; of them Mojave and Kenney tie for most points (22), and Tony Gregg the fewest (9), partly due to his two 6th place finishes in Week 1.

 

Conclusion

It is interesting to not that of the first round GPL draft picks, I have mentioned just two (ElkY and Mike McDonald). First pick Mustapha Kanit has played two 6-Max matches with a 2.5PPG (=27th in the 6-Max PPG rankings). Contrastingly, Mike Leah who is the overall points leader at the moment was the penultimate pick of the inaugural draft.

A quick glance at the team managers who chose to pick themselves as wild cards. Obviously Liv Boeree stands out thanks to her two 6-Max wins, but it is in fact Moscow Wolverines Team Manager Anatoly Filatov who leads the Team Manager standings with 21 points. Bringing up the rear are Maria Ho, Chris Moneymaker and Fabrice Soulier, all of whom have managed to pick up a solitary point in 6-Max competition.

It will be interesting to see just how much these statistics change as the inaugural season continues. Good luck to all competing!

 

Picture credits go to USA Today, Neil Stoddart, PokerListings, GPI

 Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly listed Mike Leah as the leading points scorer in the Eurasia Conference. It is actually Randy Lew.

 

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