Posts Tagged ‘WPT World Championship’

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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Mike Linster Wins WPT Jacksonville BestBet Open

by | Published: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Mike Linster outlasted a field of 351 players to win the World Poker Tour Jacksonville BestBet Open yesterday.

Linster produced a consistent performance across the tournament to score the first place prize of $321,521 and an entry into the World Poker Tour Championship.

Linster said he was delighted to score the first big win of his poker career.

“It feels great, I’ve been looking for a big win for a while,” Linster said.

“I’ve had some small victories and this is finally a big one that will hopefully put me on the map on the poker scene.”

Linster had cultivated a tight image throughout the tournament but changed gears and got aggressive on the final table.

“With a six-handed final table it’s always going to be more aggressive in general,” Linster said.

“I tried to pick my spots; I wasn’t as aggressive as I thought I was going to be.

“I made a big bluff early on David Bell and other than that I just had some good spots.

“It was a pretty straight forward final table, nothing crazy.”

With only two players remaining Linster and Bell were almost dead even and what followed was an extremely exciting heads-up battle.

Bell kicked out to a big lead early but Linster was able to get back into the contest with a couple of important double ups.

After almost 100 hands Linster finally secured the win when his Ace-Queen held up against the suited Eight-Six held by Bell.

Linster said he was full of confidence heading into the heads-up battle and admitted that he underestimated Bell.

“David played great, I definitely underestimated him to start the game and he played really well heads-up,” Linster said.

“I have had a lot of experience heads-up, both online and live, and I thought I was going to run him over but that definitely was not the case.”

The result was easily the best in Linster’s poker career improving on his third place finish for $ 132,240 in the Championship Event of the 2012 Mega Stack Series.

We have reached the business end of season XI of the World Poker Tour with the Party Poker Canadian Spring Championship in Montreal the last event before the WPT World Championship that kicks off on May 18th.

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Weekend Tournament Poker Round-Up

by | Published: Monday, February 25th, 2013

Vladimir Bozinovic won the World Poker Tour Baden €3,300 Main Event on Sunday, denying Marvin Rettenmaier his third World Poker Tour title.

Rettenmaier entered the final table of the event looking to join Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen as the only players to achieve three career victories on the World Poker Tour but fell short when he was eliminated in fifth place by Kimmo Kurko.

Bozinovic took advantage of Rettenmaier’s early departure to dominate the concluding stages of the final table and take home the first place prize of $271,258, including a $25,500 entry to the WPT World Championship.

The young Serbian has been a grinder on the Belgrade poker scene for a number of years and this result was easily the biggest cash of his career.

Rettenmaier has moved into second in the race for World Poker Tour Player of the Year and is now only 700 points behind leader Matt Salsberg.

On the other side of the world Bosnian Dejan Divkovic claimed the 2013 ANZPT Perth Main Event Title and the first place prize of $114,000.

For the first time in ANZPT history two nationalities from outside Australia and New Zealand were represented in the heads-up battle with Divkovic facing Japanese pro Iori Yogo.

Yogo took a narrow lead early in the heads-up battle but Divkovic all but wrapped up the tournament when he won a massive hand holding a set of threes.

Divkovic clinched the tournament just a few hands later to become the first Bosnian to win an ANZPT Title.

Divkovic was delighted with the result and said that it was his first ever live tournament victory and the biggest cash win of his career.

The tournament action is continuing in the United States with the opening day of the World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic just completed.

There are 375 players left in the event with 2005 World Series of Poker Champion Joe Hachem currently sitting in fifth position.

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WPT World Championship Final Table

by | Published: Friday, May 20th, 2011

The World Poker Tour World Championship has reached the final table, and will feature six players with a combined $10 million in career prize money.

Leading the way in the $25,000 buy in tournament are Galen Hall and Scott Seiver, who sit atop of the leaderboard coming into the final stages of the tournament.

Hall is the official chip leader with 5.09 million, while Seiver has managed to compile 5.07 million. At the current level of play that equates to about five antes, so the difference is negligible.

This is the first final table for Scott Seiver who said he was extremely excited and was looking to go on with job and win the tournament.

Galen Hall on the other hand has burst onto the poker scene earlier in the year, notably winning the PokerStars Caribbean adventure worth $2.3 million.

“I just made two final tables in Madrid as well, but didn’t close either, so I’ve got some wood to knock on for this one,” said Hall.

Two other notables that will take their seats at the WPT World Championship are Justin Young and Freddy Bonyadi.

Bonyadi has collected three WSOP bracelets, the most recent coming in 2005, while Young has around $2.3 million in career earnings, however a major tournament win has eluded him so far.

It was originally expected to take an extra day to reach the final table, however the field of 225 players was culled faster than expected. Play was expected on Thursday, however the final six will now receive a well-earned break.

“On one hand, I like it because I’m exhausted,” Seiver said. “I’m tired and I’m sure the day off will help me recuperate.  But thinking about it, I feel everyone else has to be tired and exhausted too, and I might be able to do better on less energy or thought than them. So the day off might help them more than it helps me,”

Chip Counts and Seat Positions for WPT World Championship Final Table

Seat 1: Galen Hall – 5.09 million

Seat 2: Justin Young – 1.75 million

Seat 3: Tony Gargano – 3.55 million

Seat 4: Roger Teska – 3.60 million

Seat 5: Scott Seiver – 5.07 million

Seat 6: Freddy Bonyadi – 2.47 million

Payouts for WPT World Championship

First: $1,618,344

Second: $1,061,900

Third: $589,355

Fourth: $371,665

Fifth: $278,749

Sixth: $225,654

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