The Global Poker League debut is nearly upon us. FanDuel and DraftKings cease offering NCAA contests. New York lawmakers pass on online poker. And more.

Season 1 of the GPL kicks off on Tuesday

The hour is nearly upon us, as the ambitious Global Poker League is set to debut on Tuesday.

Interestingly, there are still quite a few details we’re not privy to, including the identities of several wildcard selections (the Los Angeles Sunset, Hong Kong Stars, and Montreal Nationals have yet to announce their final roster spots) nor is the structure of the games and matches been conveyed to many people’s liking.

Despite its continued existence in the abstract, optimism for the GPL is high for league, as people get ready to tune in and see what it is all about on Tuesday… although healthy skepticism remains in some corners.

Quick Hitters

– In a column from Friday I examined what it meant to be a professional poker player, and what if any demands the job places on the player. The column stems from Joe McKeehen’s Twitter rant about WSOP start times, and a 2+2 post by Jamie Kersetetter.

– DraftKings and FanDuel will no longer offer contests on college games, marking a fundamental shift in the DFS industry, and a clear sign the two industry leaders have finally seen the writing on the wall, as they continue to come into compliance with (proposed) legislative and regulatory demands.

– The Senior Poker Tour is entering its third season, and its next event will see the tour return to the site of their first ever tournament, which took place back in January of 2014 at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica.

– There is some sad news for online poker supporters this week, as the New York budget that was passed by the legislature did not include online poker. However, the PPA has stated that the measure still has a chance to pass as a standalone bill.

– With everything that is swirling around the company, Dustin Gouker takes a look at what’s next for PokerStars in New Jersey.