Global Poker Index: Selbst Makes Her Ascent

by | Published: Friday, June 6th, 2014


The Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world every week, using a formula that rates a player’s results over six half-year periods. The GPI also ranks the top performing players of the year over two six-month periods, using the USA Today Global Poker Index point system to calculate.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Keven Stammen 893.30 -
2 Ole Schemion 803.21 -
3 Alex Bilokur 800.07 -
4 Scott Seiver 633.26 -
5 Shyam Srinivasan 626.96 -
6 Vanessa Selbst 619.76 37
7 Mukul Pahuja 611.14 6
8 Mike McDonald 608.20 -2
9 Byron Kaverman 600.23 -2
10 Ami Barer 594.74 -2


Thanks to the 2014 World Series of Poker being in full swing, there will be a lot of movement in the GPI Player of the Year race all summer long with 65 different bracelet events playing out. The top five in the race stayed the same this week with Keven Stammen still in the lead by 90 points, but there was a lot of movement in the bottom half, as well as a couple of spots just outside the top 10.

Vanessa Selbst made a huge move up the chart after kicking off her WSOP campaign with a win in the Event #2: $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em. The victory saw her shoot all the way up to 6th place from No. 43 just a week ago.

Mukul Pahuja also edged his way into the top 10, going from 13th to 7th after making the final table in a pre-WSOP event at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. These two new entrants pushed Dan Heimiller and Alexander Denisov out of the top 10.

Further down the POY leaderboard, some players made incredible strides. Quan Zhoe jumped nearly 300 places to No. 41 after making the final table in two events in the City of Dreams at APPT Macau, which included a runner-up finish in the HK$100,000 High Roller.

Joseph Cheong also had an impressive climb, moving from No. 289 to 74, on the strength of an early WSOP cash win.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 3961.84 -
2 Vanessa Selbst 3709.97 2
3 Scott Seiver 3705.90 -1
4 Byron Kaverman 3425.69 -1
5 Philipp Gruissem 3360.90 -
6 Dan Smith 3339.95 -
7 Jason Mercier 3291.13 2
8 Jonathan Duhamel 3268.70 -1
9 Stephen Chadwick 3257.25 -1
10 Daniel Negreanu 3222.40 3


Vanessa Selbst’s WSOP win also bumped her standing in the overall GPI 300 into 2nd position (from 4th) behind the still-leading Ole Schemion. At the bottom end of the top 10, Daniel Negreanu claimed the last spot, climbing from 13th, replacing Mike McDonald who slipped to just 11th after enjoying a small gain.

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