Poker superstars Chris Moneymaker Liv Boeree, Bryn Kenney and Maria Ho are among the managers who will take charges of teams in the inaugural Global Poker League.
The first Global Poker League Season will begin with the draft on February 25 when the managers will select their line-ups.
The draft, in Beverly Hills, will be co-hosted by Kara Scott and Phil Hellmuth and streamed live via Twitch.
Players confirmed to be involved in the draft include Darren Elias, Chris Moorman, Anthony Zinno and Fedor Holz.
A Global Poker League statement released on Wednesday said: “Aiming to change the image of poker and deliver the game to a wider mainstream audience, the Global Poker League will provide a new level of fan engagement, with live events and innovative new game play formats.
“Its combination of online, studio and venue based events aims to ignite the passion of the 100 million plus existing poker fans worldwide.”
Mediarex Sports and Entertainment is the company behind the Global Poker League.
CEO Alexandre Dreyfus said: “Today is an exciting day in Global Poker League history, the confirmation of our team managers is a crucial step towards our goal.
“We’ve secured an incredible amount of talented leaders to represent our 12 franchise teams as well as strong intent from some of the world’s best poker players to make themselves draftable on February 25.
“We’re looking forward to what the next few months and the inaugural season of the Global Poker League will bring for fans across the globe.”
About the Global Poker League
The Global Poker League (GPL) is Mediarex’s answer to modern mainstream, audience-centric poker competition with a team based, zero buy-in structure with games played online and live at iconic venues. The Global Poker League competitions will be livestreamed with real-time hole card access, focusing on engaging fans and connecting their viewership experience to sponsors and other monetized assets. The Global Poker League starts in 2016, with 12 initial franchise teams. USA Today Sports are an official Media Partner of the Global Poker League.