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Global Poker Index: McDonald Rejoins To 10

by | Published: Thursday, May 22nd, 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 Mike McDonald 608.20 -
7 Byron Kaverman 600.23 -
8 Ami Barer 594.74 -
9 Dan Heimiller 588.53 2
10 Alexander Denisov 581.06 -1

 

Photo: WPT

After Dan Heimiller’s efforts over the past couple of weeks, with wins at the Chicago Poker Classic, he’s broken back into the Top 10 GPI Player of the Year race – straight into 9th place. Heimiller finished 61st in the Heartland Poker Tour California State Poker Championship this week, and his 21st cash prize of 2014 shot him straight back into the top 10.

Jeff Madsen, winner of the California State Poker Championship, is now right outside the top 10 at No. 11 position. His win netted him $160,060 to his pockets and shot him up 13 places on the list.

Keven Stammen remains at the top of the POY race with close to 900 points, but his score hasn’t changed since last week. Neither has second placer Ole Schemion behind by just 90 points, who also happened to win the 2013 GPI Play of the Year.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 3971.85 -
2 Scott Seiver 3710.41 -
3 Byron Kaverman 3450.70 1
4 Vanessa Selbst 3427.99 1
5 Marvin Rettenmaier 3366.52 1
6 Philipp Gruissem 3360.90 -3
7 Dan Smith 3339.95 -
8 Stephen Chidwick 3282.26 -
9 Mike McDonald 3241.52 7
10 Jason Mercier 3222.40 -1

 

Schemion may still be trailing to Stammen in the Player of the Year race, but he’s well and truly out in front in the Top 10 of the GPI 300 players. With a score of 3971.85, he’s over 260 points clear of his nearest rival Scott Seiver.

Mike McDonald is back in the top 10, jumping seven places to land at No. 9. The player nicknamed “Timex” has cashed only two prizes since his Aussie Millions win, but three of his first four wins were for over one million dollars, which gives him some leeway.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Philipp Gruissem dropped three places to No. 6. The German’s score will only continue to fall, since his score from the GuangDong Asia Millions will fall into Zone 3 in a few weeks’ time. Marvin Rettenmaier, Vanessa Selbst, and Byron Kaverman all benefitted from his slide, moving up one spot each.

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2013 World Series of Poker Bracelet Round-Up

by | Published: Monday, June 24th, 2013

Although the victories of Erick Lindgren and Jeff Madsen dominated the headlines at the 2013 World Series of Poker this weekend there were still several other tournaments decided.

Bryan Campanello recorded the biggest win of his poker career by outlasting a field of 301 players to win the $2,500 Seven Card Razz event.

The youngster completely dominated the final table and was a deserving winner of the only Razz event on the 2013 World Series of Poker schedule.

In the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em tournament Michael Gathy defeated a strong final table to win his second WSOP bracelet.

Gathy was one of three former bracelet winners at the final table and was able to outlast Jason Duval and Jake Cody to claim the first place prize of $278,613 and become the second Belgian, after Davidi Kitai, to win an event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Another European was successful in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout with Bulgarian Simeon Naydenov taking home the bracelet and the first place prize of $326,440.

Naydenov has proven to be a specialist in the Shootout format with his victory in this event adding to his tenth place finish in the $3,000 variation at the start of the World Series.

The final table of the tournament had a truly global feel with players representing Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, Czech Republic, Argentina, Great Britain and the United States taking part.

The $5,000 Limit Hold’em event drew a disappointing field of only 170 players but that didn’t bother Michael Moore who won his first ever World Series of Poker bracelet.

Moore is a WSOP veteran who finished tenth in the 1995 Main Event and required his many years of his experience to outplay a strong final table that included past bracelet winners Ronnie Bardah and Todd Witteles as well as rising poker stars Ben Yu and Justin Bonomo.

There is no rest for the wicked at the 2013 World Series of Poker with several more winners set to join Campanello, Gathy, Naydenov and Moore in the coming days.

 


Madsen and Lindgren add to World Series of Poker Bracelet Collections

by | Published: Monday, June 24th, 2013

It was a massive weekend at the 2013 World Series of Poker with leading professionals Jeff Madsen and Erick Lindgren both winning WSOP bracelets.

Madsen took home $384,420 for winning the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament while Lindgren continued his amazing return to the tournament poker circuit with his victory $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed for a cash of $606,317.

Lindgren, who won the Player of the Year Award at the 2008 World Series of Poker, has had a couple of tough years battling a gambling addiction but is clearly back to his best after claiming his second six figure prize in as many months.

The thirty-six-year-old completely dominated most of the event but faced a tough heads-up battle against Lee Markholt who came back from a four to one chip deficit to briefly take the chip lead.

However, Lindgren was able to keep his cool and eventually recorded his second WSOP victory – five years after his maiden triumph in the $5,000 Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No-Limit) event at the 2008 World Series of Poker.

The wait between bracelets was even longer for Madsen who scored his first WSOP victory since his triumphs in the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em and $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Short Handed events at the 2006 World Series of Poker.

Madsen has recorded a number of consistent results at the WSOP in recent years and said he was never bothered by his bracelet drought but was clearly thrilled to finally win his WSOP event.

“I feel ecstatic, it’s been a long time and I feel I played a really good tournament,” Madsen said.

“I didn’t think it would take this long, but it did.

“I wanted to win, but I’ve been working to improve my game since thing and if anything, now I am a better player.”

Lindgren and Madsen are both in with a chance at becoming the first player in the history of the World Series to win the Player of the Year Award on two occasions but still have a great deal of work to do to catch pace-setters Daniel Negreanu and Tom Schneider.

 


Tournament Poker Round-Up

by | Published: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

It is an incredibly busy week in the world of Poker with European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker Circuit events taking place around the globe.

Paul Klann leads Canadian Spring Championship

Paul Klann has a substantial chip lead heading into Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship taking place at the Playground Poker Club.

Klann currently has 1,793,000 in chips with forty-four players remaining and is in an excellent position to win his second WPT Title this season after winning the World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic earlier in the year.

Klann and World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic Winner Ravi Raghavan were two of few big names to advance to the third day of the tournament with leading poker pros such as: Jeff Madsen, Huck Seed and Matt Salsberg all eliminated before the end of the day.

Day three of the Canadian Spring Championship kicks off shortly and we will keep you up to date with all the action.

Dan Smith Takes Early Chip Lead in EPT Grand Final

Dan Smith is the chip leader after the opening flight of the Pokerstars Pokerstars Monte Carlo European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.

Only fifty-three players managed to survive the opening flight of the tournament and Smith (136,500) currently holds a narrow chip lead over Pablo Fernandez (135,900), Freddy Deed (133,900), Arlo Dotson (127,100) and Jake Cody (119,000).

EPT officials will be hoping the second flight draws more players as the 108 players that took part today was down 163 players on the same stage of the tournament last year.

The second flight of the Main Event is underway and features a number of leading players including Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen and Vanessa Selbst.

Chris Reslock Breaks World Series of Poker Circuit Record

Veteran Chris Reslock has become the most successful player in World Series of Poker Circuit history after capturing his seventh Gold Ring in the $365 No-Limit Hold’em event at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

Reslock won his sixth ring in the $580 No-Limit Hold’em event earlier in the week and has now vaulted past Alex Masek as the all-time Gold Rings leader.

Reslock will have an opportunity to add to his collection of Rings when he takes part in the World Series of Poker National Championship at the end of May.

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2013 Party Poker WPT Canadian Spring Championship Underway

by | Published: Monday, May 6th, 2013

The penultimate event of Season XI of the World Poker Tour – The Party Poker Party Poker Canadian Spring Championship – is underway at the Playground Poker Club in Quebec.

The Canadian Spring Championship is split into three different starting flights and after the first two flights French Canadian Philippe Boucher is the leader with 278,100 in chips.

The first flight was not a successful day for recognised poker professionals with World Poker Tour Player of the Year leader Matt Salsberg, 1996 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Huck Seed and former World Poker Tour winner Will Failla the three biggest names who managed to progress to the second day of the event.

Not as lucky were last year’s winner Jonathan Roy, 2006 World Series of Poker player of the year Jeff Madsen or Poker Hall of Fame member Mike Sexton.

The rules of the WPT Canadian Spring Championship give players the opportunity to play in all three starting flights and a number of leading players who were eliminated on day one tried their luck again in the second flight.

Phil Laak was one of these players and was randomly seated at the exact same seat and table on both days.

Laak was confident that this quirky occurrence would be enough to see him advance to the second day of the event but he was sent to the rail early once again as were Roy, Madsen and Tony Dunst.

The chip leader at the end of the second flight was Matt Kay who won a massive pot at the end of the day and now has 270,400 in chips, almost 100,000 more than Mike Bartholomew who finished the flight in second place with 186,500 in chips.

The final flight of day 1 takes place today and we will keep you up to date with the results here at Poker.com.

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