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.
There were no changes in the GPI Player of the Year Top 10 this week. Paul Volpe still leads, and several big names are within striking distance with the busy fall tournament schedule on the horizon.
Last year's GPI POY runner up Marvin Rettenmaier made up huge ground over the weekend, jumping 25 spots to No. 11. "Mad Marvin" won the High Roller event at the World Poker Tour event in Cyprus for $182,000. The WPT has been Rettenmaier's personal playground for the past two years, but he'll likely need to put together some big results on the European Poker Tour if he intends to catch Volpe atop the leaderboard.
Others climbing the standings this week were Joe Kuether (up 35 spots to No. 32), Vladimir Troyanovsky (up 23 spots to No. 39), Daniel Laidlaw (up 89 spots to No. 53) and Matt Glantz (up 33 spots to No. 71). Kuether took down the Arizona State Poker Championship on Aug. 14 for $246,161.
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As mentioned above, Rettenmaier took down the High Roller in Cyprus, resulting in a bump back to No. 2 in the GPI 300. He still trails Jason Mercier, who has now held the top spot for 46 consecutive weeks.
Daniel Negreanu dropped four spots after a subpar World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, but he said on Twitter this week that he's "feeling strong like bull" down the stretch as he is in contention for many POY awards.
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Daniel Laidlaw made huge moved in both the GPI POY and GPI 300 this week following an incredible month at the tables. Earlier this month, Laidlaw finished runner-up in the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event for NZ$59,550, and a few days later he took down the Sydney Champs Main Event for AU$165,000. Laidlaw then added another cash last week by finishing 51st in the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event.
Among the other big names joining the GPI 300 this week are Team PokerStars Pro David Williams and Tommy Vedes.
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Roger Hairabedianand Vladimir Troyanovsky each made the final table of the High Roller event at WPT Merit Cyprus Classic this week. Hairabedian finished runner-up to Rettenmaier to collect a $124,103 payday, while Troyanovskiy earned $35,549 for his seventh-place result. Troyanovskiy was one of the biggest decliners in last week's GPI 300 rankings, dropping 40 places, but he more than made up for it with his final table in Cyprus.
Rodger Johnson was the biggest mover this week after finishing seventh place at the Running Aces Tournament of Champions event. Johnson also placed 12th at the WSOP Millionaire Maker tournament this summer for $82,205.
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|196||Matthias De Meulder||1400.05||-33|
|271||Pierre Neuville||12 1254.10||-56|
Pierre Neuville suffered another huge drop in the rankings this week. After falling 32 spots last week, Neuville was down another 56 positions this week. The Belgian amateur has seven tournament cashes around the globe this year, but most of his big scores in previous years are ageing into less significant periods in the GPI scoring formula.
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