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Duhamel Currently Leads Global Poker Index Player of the Year Race

Posted at 08:00 2012-02-16

Last week, PokerNews and Federated Sports + Gaming (FS+G) announced the launch of the Global Poker Index Player of the Year Award.

A player's score will be comprised of up to 11 tournament results that begin during the calender year. Of those 11 results, up to six will come from events starting Jan. 1 through June 30, while up to five will be from tournaments starting between July 1 and Dec. 31.

Like the Global Poker Index Rankings, all tournaments must have a buy-in of at least $1,500 and contain at least 21 entrants to be eligible in comprising a player's score. How is a player's score determined? Two of the main GPI ranking factors are crucial.

First is the Finishing Percentage Factor. Taken into account is the field size of a tournament and the percentage of the field that a player defeats. The final two players of a tournament with a large number of entrants defeat just about the same percentage of the field, but that gap widens with fewer tournament entrants. The Finishing Percentage Factor reflects this number to better reward the players who outlasts more of the field.

Next is the Buy-in factor. This accounts for the concept of relative difficulty as the baseline (and minimum) for an event to be counted is $1,500. Bigger buy-ins are assumed to be a more difficult field (all events with a $25,000 buy-in or higher are capped at $25,000, so as not to skew the assumed difficulty too much).

Difficulty is scored by using a sublinear multiplier applied to buy-in, which is a logarithmic function, anchored at the $1,500 buy-in events. The bigger the buy-in, the more points a player will earn for a better finish, but diminishing returns are included as to not have the same exact difference between buy-ins (for example, the difference between a $1,500 and $2,000 buy-in is different than $20,000 and $20,500).

From this point, the GPI Player of the Year program multiplies the Finishing Percentage Factor and the Buy-in factor to determine the score for a player in a given event.

For a more in-depth look at how the GPI PoY is calculated, check out the official page here.

Current GPI Player of the Year Top 10

PlacePlayerTotal Score
1Jonathan Duhamel465.55
2Jason Koon284.24
3Ruben Visser258.03
4Sam Chartier244.05
5Faraz Jaka242.17
6Oliver Speidel238.23
7Daniel Chevalier228.35
8Corey Burbick228.03
9Luca Pagano227.52
10Erik Cajelais212.19

Here is the breakdown for each player in the top 10:

1. Jonathan Duhamel

Tournament SeriesEventPlacePrize
PCA$100,000 No-Limit Holdem Super High Roller4 of 30$313,600
PCA$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo 8-Max5 of 53$17,990
PCA$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max1 of 158$239,830
PCA$25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max High Roller2 of 141$634,550
EPT Deauville€2,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max8 of 289€13,900

2. Jason Koon

Tournament SeriesEventPlacePrize
PCA$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max15 of 158$12,260
PCA$25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max High Roller4 of 141$271,950
Aussie MillionsAUD$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event27 of 659AUD$35,000

3. Ruben Visser

Tournament SeriesEventPlacePrize
PCA$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max8 of 1,072$156,400
EPT Deauville€10,000 No-Limit Hold'em2 of 72€152,000

4. Sam Chartier

Tournament SeriesEventPlacePrize
PCA$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max42 of 1,072$37,500
EPT Deauville€1,500 No-Limit Hold'em6 of 378€23,400
EPT Deauville€10,000 No-Limit Hold'em4 of 72€65,600

5. Faraz Jaka

Tournament SeriesEventPlacePrize
PCA$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max3 of 1,072$755,000
Aussie MillionsAUD$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em2 of 190AUD$77,000

6. Oliver Speidel

Tournament SeriesEventPlacePrize
Aussie MillionsAUD$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty6 of 315AUD$16,000
Aussie MillionsAUD$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event1 of 659AUD$1,600,000

7. Daniel Chevalier

Tournament SeriesEventPlacePrize
PCA$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max24 of 1,072$52,000
Aussie MillionsAUD$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event13 of 659AUD$75,000

8. Corey Burbick

Tournament SeriesEventPlacePrize
PCA$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max21 of 1,072$52,000
PCA$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo 8-Max6 of 53$14,140
Southern Poker Million Dollar Heater$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event12 of 210$14,259

9. Luca Pagano

Tournament SeriesEventPlacePrize
PCA$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max30 of 1,072$46,000
EPT Deauville€5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event7 of 889€110,000

10. Erik Cajelais

Tournament SeriesEventPlacePrize
PCA$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Turbo 8-Max3 of 56$38,020
PCA$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max43 of 1,072$37,500
Borgata Winter Open$3,300 No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event43 of 734$9,826

For the full GPI Player of the Year standings, head on over to EpicPoker.com.


 

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