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PokerStars 2014 World Championship of Online Poker Schedule

by | Published: Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Once again, the richest online poker tournament series in the world will be taking place in September.

pokerstars WCOOPLast week, Pokerstars Pokerstars released its schedule for the 2014 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), which will run from September 7 – 28. The annual online series will offer a variety of popular games and formats in 66 events with a total $40 million in guaranteed prize money.

The event kicks off with a $109 no-limit hold’em WCOOP event on Sunday, September 7 at 8:00 AM ET but the fun doesn’t stop there with two $215 no-limit hold’em events scheduled for opening day, including a Sunday Million special tournament with $1.5 million guaranteed.

As we’ve come to expect, the festival will be highlighted by a $5,200 buy-in Main Event with a $10 million guaranteed prize pool. The two-day Main Event will take place September 28-29 and, for the first time ever, the final will be broadcast live.

One of the most exciting additions to this year’s roster is the side promotion that will see four protégés win training from Team PokerStars Pros (Andre Akkari, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov, and Vanessa Selbst), and receive buy-ins to three events, including the $5,200 Main Event. The protégés will be voted for by the general public and can be followed on PokerStars’s facebook page.

Last year’s event was a complete success with PokerStars handing out more than $62 million across 66 events, crushing the $40 million in guarantees offered. The total number of tournament entrants across the series was 144,945, up nearly 15 percent on the 2012 total of 126,041.

Online qualifiers to all the 2014 events are now live, with cash buy-ins starting from less than $1 and Frequent Player Point satellites from just 1 FPP. Continue reading for a look at the 2014 WCOOP schedule (all times EDT): (more…)


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: 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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