Posts Tagged ‘Player of the Year’

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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Philipp Gruissem Claims Alpha8 St. Kitts

by | Published: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

German Poker Professional Philipp Gruissem has claimed his second straight World Poker Tour Alpha8 title after his win in London only a few weeks ago was followed by a victory in the $100,000 buy-in St. Kitts event this past Sunday.

Outlasting a skilled field of 23 players at the Royal Beach Casino, Gruissem claimed an attractive $1,086,400 for his troubles and has now won two of only three Alpha8 high roller events since the inception of the series earlier this year.

Day two of the tournament began with 16 players still in contention for the seven-figure prize; however after hours of play it was a heads-up meeting with Tom McDonald that stood between Gruissem and the major prize.

On the final hand of the match, Gruissem moved all-in prior to the flop with an AH-5D hand, immediately called by McDonald who featured the slightly stronger AD-6C; essentially meaning the champ would have to hit a five to claim the entire pot.

That is precisely what happened when the board turned out JH, 5H, 4C, KS, 10H, securing the second major title in succession for Gruissem and awarding McDonald a healthy $679,000 runners-up check.

As a result of finishing positions, there was a lot of movement all over the Lock Poker Lock Poker Player of the Year table, peaking with Gruissem and fellow final-table player Scott Seiver moving into the overall top 10.

This tournament marked the ninth final table for Seiver this season, who also won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure super high roller tournament for over $2 million and finished runner-up to Gruissem at the memorable London Alpha8 tournament in October.

Jason Koon, who finished fourth for a cool $298,760 and 300 POY points also made a move, registering his sixth final table of the season and consolidating position 30 on the overall standings sheet.

The St. Kitts event was the last World Poker Tour Alpha8 event for 2013, with play scheduled to resume at the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino in Johannesburg, South Africa in February 2014.

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Could The Poker Brat Triumph?

by | Published: Thursday, June 30th, 2011

While many have focused on Phil Hellmuth losing out to John Juanda and Eric Rodawig, The Poker Brat is currently in position to take Player of the Year honors.

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Phil Hellmuth has managed to cash four times so far in the 2011 World Series of Poker, taking about $530,000 in prize money for his efforts. The WSOP has been more about the achievements than the money for Phil, though, and it seems he is just a hair’s breadth away from winning his twelfth WSOP bracelet.

Losing against John Juanda is no shame at all, and Hellmuth came in with an incredibly shortstack when going heads up against Eric Rodawig. While more impressive achievements than two second place finishes at the same WSOP have been recorded, it is still not an easy task and Phil is perhaps fittingly ranked second in the current Player of the Year rankings.

While Hellmuth has strong competition from the current leader Ben Lamb, it seems like Lamb is more of a PLO specialist than anything. A couple of PLO events are still left to run, but Hellmuth is looking a good chance in The Poker Player’s Championship and final table finish in that along with another cash just might put him over the top.

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