Global Poker Index Player of the Year Race Heats Up

by | Published: Friday, March 14th, 2014

Every week the Global Poker Index releases its list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world. The list is created using a formula that takes into account a player’s results over six half-year periods. The GPI also releases a list of the top players of the year over two six-month periods, which is calculated by the USA Today Global Poker Index point system.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Mike McDonald 496.14 -
2 Dan Heimiller 427.67 +35
3 Jason Mercier 426.40 +2
4 Dominik Panka 397.13 -2
5 Dan Smith 385.81 -2
6 Vanessa Selbst 383.14 -2
7 Greg Merson 356.03 +19
8 Oliver Price 344.57 +25
9 Jacob Schindler 340.35 -3
10 Alexander Denisov 337.94 -3


Canadian Poker Pro Mike McDonald has been able to retain his lead in the GPI Player of the Year race, but top 10 newcomer Dan Heimiller is hot on his heels. Heimiller jumped 35 places to land in second position after finishing 36th in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, earning $31,270, and reaching the final table of the Heartland Poker Tour California Main Event.

Heimiller is joined in being a top 10 newbie by Greg Merson (jumped 19 places) and Oliver Price (jumped 25 places). Merson finished runner-up in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller, and came in 31st in the LAPC Main Event for $31,270. Merson is no stranger to the GPI Player of the Year; he won the title in 2012 after winning the World Series of Poker Main Event. Mike McDonald’s competition is heating up.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player Score Change
1 Daniel Negreanu 3994.88 -
2 Ole Schemion 3774.69 -
3 Marvin Rettenmaier 3685.89 -
4 Jason Mercier 3570.66 +2
5 Dan Smith 3452.39 +2
6 Mike McDonald 3412.15 -1
7 Vanessa Selbst 3411.81 +1
8 Paul Volpe 3336.81 +1
9 Shannon Shorr 3325.70 +1
10 Philipp Gruissem 3317.85 -6

The same players appear in this week’s GPI 300 Top 10, though there has been a little position reshuffling toward the bottom half. Daniel Negreanu, Ole Schemion, and Marvin Rettenmaier have all retained their positions as the top three players.

Philipp Gruissem tumbled down six places into 10th, allowing all players bar Dan Smith to climb one or two spots.

The LAPC always shakes up the GPI, either by catapulting a range of new players into the top 300 or giving existing players big gains. It has done just that this week. The WPT’s own Mike Sexton cashed in the LAPC Main Event, finishing 51st for $22,560 and enters the GPI at 286th with a total score of 1521.05 and +142 gain. Adam Friedman reached the final table but was unfortunately the first to bust, taking home $200,440 in sixth position. He enters the GPI at 211th with a total score of 1686.61 and a +255 gain.

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