Global Poker Index: O'Dwyer Rejoins the GPI 300 Top 10

Posted at 09:45 2013-08-16 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

1Paul Volpe767.76--
2Mike Watson753.37--
3David Peters736.55--
4Daniel Negreanu731.18--
5Scott Seiver692.20--
6Steven Silverman670.01--
7Igor Kurganov663.10--
8Chris Klodnicki656.19--
9Ole Schemion651.74--
10Bryn Kenney633.02--

Paul Volpe remains the leader in the GPI Player of the Year race, and there was no movement within the top 10. Outside of the top 10, Irishman Steve O’Dwyer is making some moves. O’Dwyer moved up 18 spots into No. 11 thanks to a runner-up finish in the €2,300 No-Limit Hold’em Irish Poker Championship at UKIPT Galway.

O’Dwyer was the only player to move up in the top 100 this week.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Jason Mercier3223.76--
2Joseph Cheong3028.23--
3Daniel Negreanu3017.37--
4Michael Watson2996.41--
5Ole Schemion2964.41--
6Marvin Rettenmaier2961.80--
7Philipp Gruissem2937.09--
8Steve O'Dwyer2916.792
9Bertrand Grospellier2910.22-1
10Igor Kurganov2906.90-1

O'Dwyer returns to the top 10 of the GPI 300 thanks to the aforementioned cash in Galway. At his apex, O'Dwyer reached No. 2 in the GPI 300, and with the tournament circuit heating up in the next few weeks, the Irishman will have another shot to climb up to the top spot.

With no other tournaments running, the rest of the top 10 remains unchanged. Jason Mercier is still the No. 1 ranked player in the world.

Welcome to the GPI

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Raul Paez Corral1317.73232
Max Silver1282.29251
Andrey Pateychuk1266.14264
Jarred Solomon1224.68290
Sergio Espina1209.19300

Of the five players who joined the GPI 300 this week, no player is ranked higher (232) than Raul Paez Corral. Corral finished 11th in the UKIPT Galway Main Event, earning $14,166. Corral also cashed in three events at the 2013 World Series of Poker, including a third-place finish in Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better.

Max Silver cashed in three events in Galway, pushing him up to No. 251. He finished fourth in a €1,000 heads-up tournament, sixth in the Irish Poker Championship, and ninth in the Main Event.

Despite having less than $100,000 in tournament earnings this year, and no cashes since the 2013 WSOP, Andrey Pateychuk moved up to No. 264.

Exiting the GPI 300 this week are David Paredes, Joseph Couden, Jesse Yaginuma, Tommy Vedes, Eric Sfez.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
21Jonathan Duhamel2508.1214
63Kevin MacPhee2056.4114
107Rocco Palumbo1732.9512
151Matt Giannetti1539.0522
155Dermot Blain1526.2550
163Matthias De Meulder1502.9830
227Niall Farrell1326.4621
234Stephen Bokor1311.8028

Newly announced UKIPT Ambassador Dermot Blain makes the biggest leap this week, moving up 50 spots to No. 155. At his first festival as an ambassador, the Irishman finished third in the UKIPT Galway High Roller for $15,759.

Also making a big jump this week is Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder. The Belgian hasn't cashed in an event since the 2013 WSOP, but has over $400,000 in earnings over the past two years.

Fellow Team Pro and 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel moves up 14 spots and sits at No. 21, while Kevin MacPhee also climbs up 14 places and is inching towards the top 50 at No. 63.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
135Vladimir Troyanovskiy1639.70-40
136Tony Gregg1609.51-27
201Athanasios Polychronopoulos1400.96-43
207Ramin Hajiyev1386.86-47
215Pierre Neuville1368.64-32
230Vojtech Ruzicka1324.64-42
260Stephane Benadiba1272.50-26
265Sebastian Gohr1264.53-45
267Anton Wigg1260.91-28
269Jon Turner1256.88-47

Taking equally large hits this week are Ramin Hajiyev and Jon Turner. Hajiyev has only cashed in two events in 2013, and Turner has only cashed for $200,000 or more in one year since 2007.

Also taking big hits are Sebastian Gohr and Athanasios Polychronopoulos. Gohr only has six cashes in 2013, including a $981 cash in the International Stadiums Poker Tour Main Event.

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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