Global Poker Index: Daniel Negreanu Rebounds; Phillip Gruissem Falls From Top 10

Posted 5 days 22 hours ago by Brett Collson

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes a player's results over six half-year periods. The GPI also ranks the top performers of the year over two six-month periods as calculated by the USA Today Global Poker Index point system.

For a look at both lists, visit the official GPI website.

2013 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 892.40 --
2 Paul Volpe 877.93 --
3 Daniel Negreanu 875.96 --
4 Mike Watson 836.80 --
5 Steven Silverman 786.11 --
6 Jonathan Duhamel 768.24 --
7 Steve O'Dwyer 767.53 --
8 Bryn Kenney 764.21 --
9 Marvin Rettenmaier 761.50 --
10 Scott Seiver 738.89 --

There were no changes in the top 10 of the GPI Player of the Year again this week. Germany's Ole Schemion maintained his slight lead over Paul Volpe and Daniel Negreanu, but there may be a shift in the rankings after the completion of the European Poker Tour stop in London, which is currently taking place.

Several notables made big jumps in the POY rankings this week, including Joe Serock (up 11 spots to No. 14), Joe Kuether (up 15 spots to No. 26), Martin Finger (up 69 spots to No. 36), Vanessa Selbst (up 37 spots to No. 44), and November Niner David Benefield (up 29 spots to No. 47). Serock is coming off a third-place finish at the PPC Aruba Championship and is creeping closer toward the Top 10. Meanwhile, Finger and Selbst each won a High Roller event in London last week.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player Score Change
1 Marvin Rettenmaier 3122.93 --
2 Ole Schemion 3036.67 --
3 David Sands 2986.75 +1
4 Daniel Negreanu 2955.31 +4
5 Steve O'Dwyer 2920.74 +1
6 Mike Watson 2910.51 -1
7 Igor Kurganov 2875.64 --
8 Paul Volpe 2855.22 +1
9 Bryn Kenney 2810.48 +2
10 Jason Mercier 2802.56 +2

After dropping six spots to No. 8 last week, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu bounced back by climbing back to No. 4 this week. Negreanu has only once cash since the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, a runner-up finish at the European Poker Tour Barcelona High Roller. With the EPT in full swing, Negreanu is a good bet to close the year in the top five, and maybe even make a run at Rettenmaier for the top position.

Negreanu benefitted from a big drop by German Phillip Gruissem who fell nine spots to No. 13, leaving him out of the Top 10 for the first time in 30 weeks. Gruissem's High Roller victory at the WSOP-APAC in April aged into the second period of the GPI formula, and his deep runs at the WSOP-Europe and EPT Sanremo last October aged into Period 3.

Rejoining the Top 10 this week were Bryn Kenney and Jason Mercier. Mercier dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time ever last week but his absence was shortlived.

Welcome to the GPI

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Kenny Hallaert 1399.02 206
Paul Tedeschi 1369.64 218
Max Silver 1344.05 237
Alain Roy 1280.79 273
Russell Thomas 1274.84 278
Kevin Saul 1256.79 286

Kenny Hallaert re-entered the GPI 300 after finding a lot of success in London so far this month. Hallaert cashed the UKIPT Main Event and placed third in the UKIPT High Roller won by Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst. Hallaert also cashed the EPT London Main Event but busted shortly after the money bubble burst.

Exiting the GPI 300 this week were Kiryl Radzivonau, Alex Queen, Mikolaj Zawadzki, John Juanda, Manuel Bevand and Michael Benvenuti.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
100 Paul Berende 1750.55 +62
111 Tobias Reinkemeier 1720.18 +50
164 Marcin Wydrowski 1520.87 +58
173 Thomas Muehloecker 1502.77 +69
182 Salvatore Bonavena 1464.59 +97
195 Vineet Pahuja 1432.39 +55

Paul Berende used a pair of final tables at UKIPT London so jump 62 spots in the rankings this week. Meanwhile, High Roller extraordinaire Tobias Reinkemeier moved up 50 spots after finishing runner-up to countryman Martin Finger in the EPT London Super High Roller.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
161 Artem Litvinov 1534.02 -36
193 Isaac Haxton 1435.69 -39
198 Mihai Manole 1429.21 -39
224 Athanasios Polychronopoulos 1360.07 -41
239 Vojtech Ruzicka 1339.51 -47
248 Melanie Weisner 1327.2 -37
258 Atanas Gueorguiev 1311.38 -37
267 Christopher Brammer 1295.3 -70

Chris Brammer took another big tumble this week. The online superstar hasn't picked up a live cash since the WSOP over the summer. In addition, his fifth-place finish at last year's WSOP-Europe Main Event dropped into Period 3.

To view at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website. While you're at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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