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Global Poker Index: Negreanu Starts the New Year at No. 1, Germans on His Heels

Posted at 18:44 2014-01-05 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.

The GPI is still calculating the Player of the Year race, so check back next week for the final results.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerScoreChange
1Daniel Negreanu3339.35-
2Ole Schemion3201.501
3Marvin Rettenmaier3066.741
4Philipp Gruissem3042.67-2
5Bryn Kenney2876.64-
6Shannon Shorr2860.021
7Mike Watson2826.842
8Vanessa Selbst2806.68-
9Jonathan Duhamel2758.381
10Ravi Raghavan2750.121

Kid Poker, who was named the GPI's Player of the Decade, remains atop the GPI 300, while Ole Schemion, who most likely pipped him in the 2013 Player of the Year race, is now at No. 2. Fellow German Marvin Rettenmaier also moved up one spot to No. 3, while Philipp Gruissem fell two spots to No. 4.

American Ravi Raghavan rejoins the GPI 300 top 10 after two consecutive excellent years on the circuit. Raghavan has earned nearly $2.2 million over the last 24 months, winning the 2012 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic and finishing fifth in the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.

David Peters plummeted out of the top 10, tumbling six spots to No. 12. Peters earned nearly $700,000 in 2013, but only $106,000 in 2012.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
283Mikhail Korotkikh1196.69
284Michael Benvenuti1192.37
285Robert Salaburu1190.52
286Simon Deadman1188.31
287Jason Lavallee1186.31
291Georgios Karakousis1182.38
293Yung Hwang1179.90
294Larry Wright1179.39
296Vinny Pahuja1174.971
298Jake Cody1172.91
300Taylor Paur1168.13

2012 November Niner Robert Salaburu, Jason Lavallee, Vinny Pahuja, Jake Cody, and Taylor Paur headline the newest members of the GPI 300. Lavallee rejoins the group at No. 287 just a few months after recorded the third largest score of his career - the French Canadian won the EPT London £10,000 High Roller for $579,975.

Also returning to the GPI 300 is 2012 WSOP bracelet winner Larry Wright. Wright won his first and only bracelet in his favorite game, no-limit 2-7 single draw, and recorded his second consecutive six-figure year in 2013.

Exiting the GPI 300 this week are, among others, Matt Berkey, Alex Kravchenko, Eric Baldwin, Blake Bohn, Mike Sexton, and Matthias De Meulder.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
113Dermot Blain1665.8632
147Mukul Pahuja1524.8435
220Phil Laak1327.3943
245Corrie Wunstel1278.2245
260Heinz Kamutzki1242.1736

Texas native Corrie Wunstel made the largest leap this week, climbing 45 spots to No. 245. Wunstel finished 65th in the 2013 WSOP Main Event for over 100 dimes, fifth in WPT bestbet Jacksonville for nearly 60 dimes, and 35th in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for nearly 26 dimes. Altogether, he earned $318,851 in 2013.

Mukul Pahuja also made a big jump, ascending 35 places to No. 147. Pahuja finished third in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 Million Guarantee for $872,625 and runner-up in WPT Montreal for $362,430.

Biggest Drops

*RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
170Matthew Ashton1468.46-72
233Jason Wheeler1300.94-90
266David Baker1230.10-134

David "ODB" Baker plummeted 134 spots this week, coming in at No. 266, while 2013 WSOP POY runner-up Matthew Ashton descended 72 places to No. 170.

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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