Posts Tagged ‘GPI’

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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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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