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Global Poker Index: Ivey Falls from GPI 300 for First Time; Volpe Retakes POY Lead

Posted at 16:05 2013-09-09 by Rich Ryan

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

RankPlayerScoreChange
1Paul Volpe814.811
2Steven Silverman786.11-1
3Mike Watson753.37--
4David Peters736.55--
5Bryn Kenney732.006
6Daniel Negreanu731.18-1
7Ole Schemion724.092
8Steve O'Dwyer716.504
9Griffin Benger692.7413
10Scott Seiver692.20-4

After being unseated by Steven Silverman last week, Paul Volpe has returned to the top spot of the player of the year race. Volpe has over $1.6 million in earnings in 2013, winning two side events at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® European Poker Tour Grand Final and reaching two World Poker Tour final tables.

Making a big jump into the top 10 of the POY race is Canadian Griffin Benger. Benger just finished 14th in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 Million Guarantee Championship Event, earning $90,170. In April he took down the EPT Berlin €10,000 High Roller, banking $562,343, and has over $850,000 in earnings in 2013.

Steve O’Dwyer also rejoined the top 10 this week.

Marvin Rettenmaier (17) and Igor Kurganov (13) both fell out of the top 10. Rettenmaier has only cashed once since the WSOP, and Kurganov has only cashed twice since May.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Jason Mercier3223.76--
2Marvin Rettenmaier3211.13--
3Steve O'Dwyer3061.206
Joseph Cheong3040.17-1 
5Philipp Gruissem3022.42--
6Mike Watson2960.98-2
7Daniel Negreanu2929.42-1
8Igor Kurganov2906.90--
9David Sands2887.497
10Ole Schemion2884.12-3

While Jason Mercier remains in the top spot for another week, the aforementioned O’Dwyer is moving on up. O’Dwyer jumped six spots to No. 3, and just finished third in the EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller for $475,012. Earlier this year, O’Dwyer captured an EPT title, winning the Grand Final for over $1.6 million.

David “Doc” Sands joins the top 10 this week, moving up seven spots to No. 9. Sands, who peaked at No. 3 one time in the GPI 300, recently finished 15th in the SHRPO $10 Million Championship Event and has two seven-figure scores in 2013, finishing second in the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller and winning the WPT World Championship Super High Roller.

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier fell from the top 10, and currently sits at No. 13.

Welcome to the GPI

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Mukul Pahuja1608.33140
Blair Hinkle1444.83184
David Benefield1331.33228
Darryl Ronconi1320.88235
Aku Joentausta1315.92237
Tommy Vedes1306.51240
Jared Hamby1300.68246
Hiren Patel1296.23247
Daniel Weinman1295.87248
Brett Richey1287.25253
Michael Gagliano1282.36256
Ryan Welch1282.32257
Vitaly Lunkin1265.13268
David Paredes1258.89274
Jeremy Kottler1243.94285
Kent Lundmark1233.54292
Michael DeGilio1232.80293

Mukul Pahuja, Blair Hinkle, and November Niner David Benefield top the long list of new entrants into the GPI 300 this week.

Pahuja finished third in the SHRPO $10 Million Championship Event, which Hinkle won, and Benefield finished fifth in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller.

Vitaly Lunkin, winner of the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller, is also in the GPI 300, along with Jared Hamby, Hiren “Sunny” Patel, and Tommy Vedes.

Exiting from the GPI 300 this week were Leo Fernandez, Martin Hanowski, Eric Sfez, Andy Frankenberger, Brandon Meyers, Yung Hwang, JP Kelly, David Williams, Ramin Hajiyev, John Racener, Tam Truong, Massimo Mosele, Samad Razavi, and Phil Ivey.

Ivey, who skipped the WPT Alpha8 in Florida and EPT Barcelona, is out of the GPI 300 for the first time ever.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
69Amir Lehavot1983.5047
85Emanuel Failla1878.6947
118Ray Qartomy1704.3092
125Mark Radoja1677.2263
156Kyle Bowker1540.3288
165David Tuthill1498.5971
178Robert Haigh1458.1648
190Ari Engel1417.00103
200Adam Levy1395.3081
201Mike Matusow1395.2864
203Paul Nunes1386.7957
215Paul Lieu1364.7767
236John Dolan1317.4548

Ari Engel showed the biggest improvement this week, moving up 103 spots into No. 190. Engel recently won his fifth career World Series of Poker Circuit then finished third the $5,000 River Poker Series for over $50,000.

Also making big jumps were Adam Levy, Mike Matusow, and November Niner Amir Lehavot. Lehavot finished 16th in the SHRPO $10 Million Guarantee Championship Event for $69,810. Both Levy and Matusow cashed in the tournament as well.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
144Mihails Morozovs1595.85-37
170John Juanda1482.86-48
173Tom Alner1477.45-43
199Nick Wong1403.83-45
216Paul Tedeschi1359.27-47
219Ty Reiman1349.37-45
229Max Greenwood1327.84-39
245Sergio Castelluccio1301.89-64
260Simon Ravnsbaek1276.74-64
280Andrea Dato1250.08-41
288Manuel Bevand1239.13-34

Italian Sergio Castelluccio took the biggest tumble this week, falling 64 spots to No. 245. Castelluccio has only cashed four times in 2013, but one of them was a 14th-place finish in the WSOP Main Event for $451,398.

Also taking considerable hits this week were Ty Reiman, Nick Wong, John Juanda, and Nick Wong.

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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