Global Poker Index: Schemion Dominating; Hellmuth, Negreanu and Mercier Fall

Posted at 17:57 2013-10-04 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 this week. Germany's Ole Schemion held on to the top spot, a position he earned by making 12 final tables — with four wins — thus far in 2013. Schemion leads by 15 points over Paul Volpe, but the race is wide open heading into a busy fall schedule on the European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour, and World Series of Poker Europe.

Making the biggest jump in the POY rankings this week was Giacomo Fundaro, who placed sixth in the €1,500 Peoples Poker Tour event in Nova Gorica last month for more than $20,000. Fundaro moved up 38 spots to No. 100.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player Total Score Rank Change
1 Marvin Rettenmaier 3134.96 --
2 Ole Schemion 3048.22 +4
3 Philipp Gruissem 3046.22 +1
4 David Sands 2986.75 +4
5 Mike Watson 2973.16 +4
6 Steve O'Dwyer 2944.27 +1
7 Igor Kurganov 2923.84 +3
8 Daniel Negreanu 2858.63 -6
9 Paul Volpe 2855.22 +2
10 Joseph Cheong 2833.08 -5

There was major movement in the top 10 of the GPI 300 this week. While Marvin Rettenmaier maintained the No. 1 spot, POY leader Ole Schemion replaced Daniel Negreanu in the No. 2 position. David Sands and Mike Watson also advanced closer to the top spot, while longtime No. 1 Jason Mercier dropped nine spots and out of the Top 10.

Negreanu cashed three times at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe, and each of those scores aged into the third period of his GPI score this week. One of Negreanu's biggest goals is to reach No. 1 on the GPI 300, and he'll need to put together some big results to make up the ground he lost this week.

Mercier was removed from the top 10 for the first time ever this week. The Team PokerStars Pro had two big WSOP-E scores from last year age into the third period of his GPI formula. He also hasn't cashed in a live tournament since June at the WSOP in Las Vegas, resulting in a big tumble to No. 12 in the rankings.

Welcome to the GPI

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Michael Linster 1282.95 272
Mike Wattel 1247.19 296
Jan Peter Jachtmann 1246.74 297
Stephen Bokor 1245.97 298
Manuel Bevand 1239.12 300

WPT champ Mike Linster rejoined the GPI 300 this week. Linster made two deep runs at the Borgata Poker Open last month and will climb even further up the charts next week after reaching the final table of the Full Tilt Montreal Festival Main Event, which concludes on Thursday.

Exiting the GPI 300 this week were Nicolas Cardyn, Fabrice Soulier, Leo Fernandez, Paul Tedeschi and Liv Boeree.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
121 Dario Sammartino 1697.58 +19
123 Giacomo Fundaro 1685.35 +32
169 Adam Levy 1506.10 +23
180 Guy Goossens 1354.07 +20
235 Andrea Dato 1339.08 +62
240 Ronnie Bardah 1333.06 +27
243 James Mitchell 1329.25 +26

Andrea Dato made the most progress on the GPI 300 this week after placing 21st in the €1,500 Peoples Poker Tour event. As mentioned above, Fundaro took sixth in that event, and Dario Sammartino also made the final table.

Notables Ronnie Bardah and Adam Levy each made sizable jumps, with Bardah climbing 27 positions after taking third in a $1,000 Six-Max event at the Borgata Poker Open in September.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
101 Timothy Adams 1750.73 -33
115 David Benyamine 1705.14 -32
126 Dan O'Brien 1677.53 -33
156 Kyle Julius 1549.94 -50
163 Phil Hellmuth 1526.05 -103
168 Kristijonas Andrulis 1508.86 -39
197 Christopher Brammer 1424.40 -54
274 Joao Barbosa 1278.46 -58
292 Ondrej Vinklarek 1250.35 -34

Phil Hellmuth dropped 103 spots this week after his victory in the WSOP-E Main Event slipped into Period 3 of his GPI formula. Hellmuth hasn't traveled the circuit a lot this year and will continue to slide if he doesn't put together some results in the final months of 2013.

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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