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Global Poker Index Update

by | Published: Monday, July 7th, 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 Alex Bilokur 1,064.46 -
2 Keven Stammen 1,001.05 -
3 Scott Seiver 953.71 +1
4 Daniel Negreanu 946.18 +2
5 Mustapha Kanit 940.52 -2
6 Jason Mercier 866.04 -1
7 Matt Glantz 858.99 +5
8 Byron Kaverman 821.71 +3
9 George Danzer 815.17 -2
10 Dan Smith 806.00 -2

With so much action happening at the WSOP right now, the GPI Player of the Year race is constantly switching up. Yet Alex Bilokur has managed to maintain his lead for the fourth week running thanks to a first place finish in last month’s Event #28: Pot Limit Hold’em that earned him 167.61 points.

Daniel Negreanu continues to climb the POY race. Last week he jumped from #10 to #6, and this week he’s at #4 thanks to a second place finish in The Big One for One Drop, which earned him 121.65 points.

Matt Glantz also experienced a big jump, up five places from #12. This is thanks to a 7th place finish in last week’s Event #59: Omaha Hi/Lo.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 3,899.59 -
2 Vanessa Selbst 3,893.09 -
3 Daniel Negreanu 3,627.89 -
4 Dan Smith 3,603.40 -
5 Byron Kaverman 3,506.70 +1
6 Erik Seidel 3,398.53 +1
7 Scott Seiver 3,359.07 -2
8 Paul Volpe 3,291.80 +1
9 Alex Bilokur 3,261.38 +1
10 Michael Watson 3,260.24 +3

There wasn’t much movement among the top 10 of the GPI 300 this week. The top four players remain exactly where they were last week, while the bottom six traded small places. All players bar one gained a place this week, thanks to Philipp Gruissem dropping out of the top 10 entirely (down 5 places to #13).

Michael Watson is the biggest gainer, jumping from #13 to #10 and just 1.14 point behind Alex Bilokur in #9. His rise was thanks to a second place finish in last week’s Event #58: No Limit Hold’em – Mixed Max which earned him 278.42 points.

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Global Poker Index: New Leaders in Player of the Year and Top 300

by | Published: Friday, June 20th, 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 Alex Bilokur 1041.37 2
2 Keven Stammen 961.23 -1
3 Ole Schemion 803.06 -1
4 Byron Kaverman 786.34 1
5 Scott Seiver 778.95 7
6 Mustapha Kanit 770.96 1
7 Jason Mercier 726.33 -3
8 Vanessa Selbst 667.96 -2
9 Mike McDonald 651.58 6
10 Mukul Pahuja 647.85 -2

Keven Stammen has held the top spot in the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race since late March, but this week there is a new leader. Alex Bilokur jumped two places, from third, to seize the top spot from Stammen. His rise is thanks to recent big cash wins at the WSOP – including a victory in the Event #28: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship, which helped the Russian player catapult himself into the top spot.

Elsewhere, Scott Seiver (up 7 spots) and Mike McDonald (up 6 spots) have both moved back into the top 10 this week, taking positions previously occupied by Joe Keuther (now #11) and Davidi Kitai (now #13).

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Vanessa Selbst 2946.69 1
2 Ole Schemion 3897.33 -1
3 Daniel Negreanu 3824.34 -
4 Scott Seiver 3635.23 -
5 Byron Kaverman 3563.39 -
6 Philipp Gruissem 3370.01 -
7 Paul Volpe 3337.86 1
8 Alex Bilokur 3299.31 10
9 Erik Seidel 3285.76 3
10 Jonathan Duhamel 3244.60 -1

But the big GPI news this week is the fact that Vanessa Selbst has moved into the top spot in overall GPI rankings, swapping spots with the previous frontrunner Ole Schemion. She now stands as the eighth player overall and the first woman ever to earn the top ranking.

Bilokur (big jump from #18 to #8) and Erik Seidel also moved into the top 10 this week, taking the spots of Mike Watson (down from #10 to #12) and Jason Mercier (down from #7 to #16).

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23 Top Players Confirmed for WSOP $1 Million One Drop

by | Published: Thursday, March 20th, 2014

There still remains 101 days until the 2014 World Series of Poker $1 Million Big One for One Drop begins, yet nearly half of tournament has already sold out.

Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced on Wednesday that 23 entries have already been confirmed for the seven-figure bracelet event running from June 29 through July 1, and they are all returning players. Among them are former One Drop champion from 2012 Antonio Esfandiari, One Drop founder Guy Laliberte, and Phil Ivey.

“I can’t wait to defend my title,” Esfandiari said in a statement. “That event was life-changing, but so was my trip to El Salvador after it with the One Drop organization to see first-hand what a difference the money raised from this event can do for those in dire need of help.”

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier is equally excited, but for a very different reason.

“I’m really excited to play this tournament again,” he told PokerNews. “And I’m looking forward to knocking out Antonio. If he wins, I may quit poker.”

This hostility stems from Esfandiari knocking out Mercier in the 2012 One Drop shock clash.

Laliberté echoes Esfandiari and Mercier, adding “The inaugural event made history and I look forward to another historic moment again this June… The support from the poker community continues to be just incredible.”

The players confirmed for the 2014 One Drop so far include: Antonio Esfandiari, Guy Laliberte, Bobby Baldwin, David Einhorn, Phil Galfond, Philipp Gruissem, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Paul Newey, Bill Perkins, Vivek Rajkumar, Brian Rast, Andrew Robl, Erik Seidel, Brandon Steven, Sam Trickett, and Noah Schwartz.

The last event was capped at 48 and sold out, so the WSOP and One Drop decided to add another eight-handed table this year, bringing the cap to 56. If it happens to sell out again, the first place prize would reach $20 million. This is a first-come first-serve event, and those that provide a deposit will be guaranteed a seat.

Of the 23 confirmed entries so far, three are “anonymous businessmen” and the last three are satellite seats that will be offered at Aria, Bellagio, and the WSOP. In 2012, the $25,300 buy0in One Drop satellite attracted nearly 100 entries, with the winning spot going to Gus Hansen.

The WSOP and One Drop will also commence reaching out to new players that didn’t participate in 2012. All players at the 2014 WSOP are encouraged to donate one percent of their winnings to the One Drop Foundation, as they continue to improve lives in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Burkina Faso, and beyond.

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Phil Ivey Scores $4M in 2014 Aussie Millions $250K Challenge

by | Published: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

In a case of history repeating itself, Phil Ivey has won the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for the second time in three years.

Returning to the tournament scene in spectacular fashion in 2012 by taking the Aussie Millions title, Ivey managed to do it again on Monday. However, this time around he pocketed double his winnings from two years ago by banking AU$4,000,000—the largest single cash prize of his career.

The record-setting event contained 46 entrants, and Ivey was one of the few players to only fire one AU$250,000 bullet. Ivey was never top of the leaderboard, heading into Day 2 in seventh overall position with 622,000 chips, and the eight-handed televised final table in second-last position with 976,000 chips. Nevertheless, he successfully battled his way back into the mix and eventually top position.

Max Altergott was the first player eliminated from the table in eighth place. His elimination meant the remaining seven players were each on the verge of winning at least AU$500,000. Unfortunately for Erik Seidel, he just missed out with his bust in seventh place.

Seidel fell to Fabian Quoss during Level 14 after betting all in for around 15 big blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000. With that, the remaining six players were guaranteed a payday of at least half a million Australian dollars.

After that, Tom Dwan fell in sixth place (AU$500,000), Quoss hit the rails in fifth place (AU$800,000), Daniel Negreanu was eliminated in fourth place (AU$1,250,000), and Mike McDonald busted in third (AU$1,900,000) leaving Ivey up against Isaac Haxton. Both Negreanu and McDonald were in the event for three bullets (AU$750,000) and managed to pull off a profit.

Haxton was just trying to get himself unstuck from his unsuccessful 2014 Aussie Millions run. After busting in both the $25,000 Challenge and the Main Event, and firing six bullets in the $100,000 Challenge and two bullets in this event he had racked up a total of AU$1,600,00 in buy-ins. By finishing runner-up and claiming AU$2,820,000 he managed to do very well for himself.

Haxton went into the heads-up play with the lead—6.15 million to Ivey’s 5.35 million—and even had Ivey down around the two million mark at one stage. But like the rest of the Challenge, Ivey fought his way back to the top. On the final hand, Ivey limped the button for 160,000 and Haxton had to raise all in from the big blind if he had any hope of winning. But the board sealed the deal for Ivey and Haxton was eliminated in second place.

Ivey’s win moved his total lifetime tournaments earnings to over $20,000,000 and he moved into second position on poker’s all-time money list. He also became the first two-time winner of the $250,000 Challenge, quite the feat considering the event has only run four times.

2014 Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge Final Table Results

Finish    Player                                 Prize (AU$)

1              Phil Ivey                            $4,000,000

2              Isaac Haxton                   $2,820,000

3              Mike McDonald               $1,900,000

4              Daniel Negreanu           $1,250,000

5              Fabian Quoss                 $800,000

6              Tom Dwan                       $500,000


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2013 World Series of Poker Action Heats Up!

by | Published: Monday, June 17th, 2013

Another six World Series of Poker bracelets were awarded this weekend as the action really starts to heat up!

McNeil Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better

Calen McNeil outlasted a tough final table, which took an extra day to be decided, to win the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

All eyes were on Todd Brunson, John Monnette and Stephen Chidwick when the final table began but it was McNeill who survived the onslaught to win the first place prize of $277,274.

The victory was easily McNeill’s biggest score of his poker career but was looking for an even bigger payday when he jumped right into the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Event.

Martin Finger Wins Shorthanded Event

The shorthanded events at the 2013 World Series of Poker have proven extremely popular and the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Six Handed) was no exception with Martin Finger outlasting an incredible field of 806 players to win his first WSOP bracelet.

Finger was the table captain for the majority of the final table and thoroughly deserved the first place prize of $506,764.

A number of notable players made deep runs in this event with Dan Kelly recording his sixth cash of the WSOP so far in tenth; poker legend Erik Seidel finishing ninth; Nick Schulman eighth and David Pham fourth.

Josh Pollock Wins $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

Josh Pollock cruelled the WSOP bracelet hopes of Noah Schwartz by winning the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event.

Schwartz is regarded as one of the best tournament poker players in the world and looked on track to win his maiden World Series of Poker success when he took a three to one chip lead into his heads-up battle with Pollock.

However, Pollock rode out his luck and after several close scares won his first WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $279,431 while a clearly disappointed Schwartz was sent back to the drawing board.

Corey Harrison Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Corey Harrison outlasted a big field of 1730 other players to win the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

The college professor took home his first WSOP bracelet as well as the first place prize of $432,411 in what was only his second ever WSOP cash.

Despite the life-changing cash prize the dedicated teacher said he loves his job and will not be pursuing a career as a professional poker player.

Fuhs Defeats Talented Field to win $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better

Danny Fuhs survived a titanic heads-up battle with Christopher George to win the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

The tournament drew one of the most talented fields of the 2013 WSOP thus far with four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow; 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel; 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro and consistent tournament performer Robert Mizrachi all finishing in the money as did Dan Kelly – his seventh cash of the 2013 World Series of Poker.

The heads-up battle was one for the ages with Fuhs and George trading the chip lead on several occasions before Fuhs was able to land the killer blow and claim the first place prize of $277,519.

The 2013 World Series of Poker continues with a star-studded field doing battle in the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.