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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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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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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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Negreanu Begins 2014 as World Number 1

by | Published: Sunday, January 5th, 2014

From week to week, the Global Poker Index (GPI) releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world, and for the majority of professionals, it is a goal to be perched as high as possible at the turn of any given year to the next.

Utilizing a system that takes works off a player’s results over six half-year periods, the GPI is forever changing, with the top 50 often unrecognizable from one week to the next.

At the turn of 2013-14, renowned Canadian player Daniel Negreanu had earned the honor of top spot, amassing an incredible 3339.35 points on the GPI to sit just above German nationals Ole Schemion on 3201.50 and Marvin Rettenmaier on 3066.74.

Also recently crowned Player of the Decade by the GPI, Negreanu (or KidPoker as he is known in online poker rooms) was initially believed to be claiming second spot in this year’s change-over, as Schemion claimed 2013 Poker Player of the Year honors and seemed the most likely to unseat the reigning champion.

Other notable movers in the top 10 included Ravi Raghavan, who rejoined the GPI top 10 after two great years on tour in a row resulted in more than $2.2 million in prize money, which included victory in the 2012 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic and fifth place in the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event most recently.

Former top 10 main-stay David Peters was the notable casualty of the past two seasons, falling from his previous sixth position to 12th after a slow 2012 was not completely overturned in season 2013.

Despite not featuring in serious contention, US national Corrie Wunstel made the biggest climb in the last week of 2013 to currently sit in position 245, a mind-blowing 45 positions higher than the previous week’s figures. The Texas local most notably finished 65th in the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event and a commanding fifth in the World Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville.

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