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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 Update

by | Published: Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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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 Mike McDonald 608.20 -
7 Byron Kaverman 600.23 -
8 Ami Barer 594.74 -
9 Alexander Denisov 581.06 -
10 Mustapha Kanit 573.50 -

 

As you can see, there is no change to the GPI Player of the Year top ten, though Dan Heimiller is knocking on the door. After adding four more cashes to his pot at the Chicago Poker Classic, including two 11th-place finishes for $1,768 and $2,037, he could be breaking into the top ten in no time.

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Keven Stammen remains the clear leader, trailed by 2013 GPI Player of the Year Ole Schemion by ninety points. Stammen’s huge lead comes after winning the Season XII WPT World Championship for $1.35 million back in April. In five months, Stammen has already gained 76.8 percent of the points Schemion needed in 2013 to take out the POY title, but he’s also already filled 12 of his 13 eligible results.

The GPI takes the 13 best results achieved by a player throughout the year, and Stammen should easily be able to replace a small cash prize he registered in January that only netted him 2.19 points.

 

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 4016.37 -
2 Scott Seiver 3747.12 -
3 Philipp Gruissem 3599.78 -
4 Byron Kaverman 3438.18 1
5 Vanessa Selbst 3427.99 -1
6 Marvin Rettenmaier 3399.67 -
7 Dan Smith 3339.95 1
8 Stephen Chidwick 3282.26 2
9 Jason Mercier 3222.40 -2
10 Jonathan Duhamel 3186.87 3

 

Schemion may still be trailing to Stammen in the GPI POY, but he’s well and truly out in front in the GPI 300 Top 10 players. With a score of 4016.37, he’s over 250 points clear of his closest rival Scott Seiver.

2010 World Series of Poker champion Jonathan Duhamel rejoins the top 10 this week, taking fellow Canadian Mike McDonald’s spot. McDonald fell seven spots to No. 16 after two decaying scores – his fifth and second place finishes in side events at the Season 9 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final.

Byron Kaverman leapfrogged the only woman in the top ten, Vanessa Selbst, moving to the No. 4 spot in the world. Kaverman already has over $1.3M in live tournament winnings for 2014, after finishing runner-up to Stammen in the WPT World Championship.

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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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Canadians Continue To Dominate At 2013 World Series of Poker

by | Published: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The incredible run of Canadian players at the 2013 World Series of Poker has continued with Justin Oliver and Daniel Idema winning WSOP bracelets yesterday.

Canadian players have now win nine different events at the 2013 WSOP and have already smashed the record for the most tournaments wins for a non-United States country in a series.

Oliver staged a remarkable comeback to win the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Four-Handed event and claim his first WSOP bracelet.

The thirty-seven-year-old was short stacked for the majority of the final stages of the tournament but remained calm and continued to work his way through the event.

Oliver finally made it to the heads-up stage of the tournament and found himself at a massive chip disadvantage to Nick Schwarmann.

He was, once again, able to maintain his composure and took home a well-deserved payday of $309,071- the biggest of his poker career to date.

Only a few hours later the Maple Leaf Flag was flying at the World Series again when Daniel Idema claimed victory in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event.

The former hockey player receive his second WSOP bracelet, adding to his previous triumph in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship at the 2011 World Series Poker, and the first place prize of $184,590 took his total earnings at the series to over $1 million.

Idema has put together quiet the poker resume since retiring from Ice Hockey in 2006, recording nineteen cashes at the World Series of Poker and qualifying for final tables on five different occasions.

A number of leading players made deep runs in this tournament with Mike Sexton (56th), Phil Hellmuth (42nd), Jason Mercier (36th), Barry Greenstein (21st) and Layne Flack all finishing in the cash.

The action continues at the 2013 World Series of Poker today with one of the most star-studded fields of the event doing battle in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit) tournament.

 


Twenty-Four Players Remain in WPT World Championship

by | Published: Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Amir Babakhani finished day three of the World Poker Tour World Championship as chip leader and is on track to become only the second player in history to win back-to-back WPT titles.

Babakhani has 1,220,000 in chips followed by Brandon Steven (1,091,000), Matt Hyman (1,042,000), Hyon Kim (891,000) and A.P. Phahurat (878,000).

If Babakhani is able to convert his chip lead into victory he will join Marvin Rettenmaier as the only player to win two World Poker Tour tournaments in a row after his breakthrough victory in the WPT Canadian Spring Championship earlier this month.

It will be a tricky assignment for Babakhani as there are still a number of leading players left in the hunt for the WPT World Championship.

Daniel Negreanu is currently in the best form of his life and recovered from a disappointing day two to finish day three in the top twenty.

The Canadian currently holds 444,000 and still has a great deal of work to do but with a World Series of Poker Bracelet and a top four finish in the European Poker Tour Grand Final it would take a brave man to bet against him.

One of the big stories of the tournament has been the run of Erick Lindgren who has only just re-joined the tournament poker circuit after a stint in rehab to treat his gambling addicition.

Lindgren dominated the lead-up events to the Main Event, winning the $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $ 39,722 and finishing third in the $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em.

Lindgren is currently sitting just outside the top ten but has an excellent opportunity to win his third World Poker Tour Title and announce his return as a serious tournament contender.

Other big name players still in the hunt include Jason Mercier and Dan Shak while Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari,Ben Lamb , Mike Linster and Matt Salsberg were all eliminated.

Day four of the World Poker Tour World Championship is already underway and you can stay up to date with all the action here at Poker.Com.

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