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Global Poker Index: Schemion Takes Lead in POY; Selbst Joins GPI 300 Top 10

Posted at 14:25 2013-12-20 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

Rank Player Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 1163.14 1
2 Daniel Negreanu 1130.87 -1
3 Paul Volpe 1042.38 5
4 Bryn Kenney 986.26 1
5 David Peters 983.67 7
6 Mike Watson 964.80 -3
7 Philipp Gruissem 962.57 -3
8 Steven Silverman 940.41 5
9 Jonathan Duhamel 938.76 2
10 Shannon Shorr 929.10 -4

With a fifth-place finish in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague Main Event, Ole Schemion passed Daniel Negreanu to take the lead in the GPI Player of the Year race. After leaving Prague, Negreanu told PokerNews that he was "packing it up" and won't play any more events in 2013.

Schemion is now a favorite to take down the award.

Paul Volpe climbed up five spots within the top 10 after two cashes in the Czech Republic. Volpe now sits at No. 3 after finishing third in the Eureka High Roller for $98,665, and 143rd in the EPT Prague Main Event for $12,333.

David Peters and Steven Silverman both rejoined the top 10 of the POY, coming it at No. 5 and No. 8 respectively. Peters won the Eureka High Roller for $179,516, and Silverman finished 16th in the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $34,719.

Scott Seiver, Ravi Raghavan, and Marvin Rettenmaier all exited the top 10 this week.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player Score Change
1 Daniel Negreanu 3505.00 -
2 Philipp Gruissem 3264.16 -
3 Ole Schemion 3201.51 1
4 Marvin Rettenmaier 3021.12 -1
5 David Peters 2976.63 4
6 Bryn Kenney 2926.69 -
7 Vanessa Selbst 2869.97 24
8 Shannon Shorr 2867.15 -1
9 Mike Watson 2865.332 -4
10 Paul Volpe 2846.53 4

Negreanu remains on top of the GPI 300 with 3505 points, and Philipp Gruissem still right behind him with 3264.16. Schemion's deep run in Prague has him up one spot to No. 3.

Vanessa Selbst earned another victory in Prague, taking down a €5,000 Omaha event for $137,994, and finished seventh in the EPT Prague High Roller for $88,387. Selbst, who plays a very selective schedule, peaked in the GPI at No. 3 at one point, but hasn't been in the top 10 for several weeks.

Volpe is back in the top 10 thanks to his aforementioned success in Prague.

Welcome to the GPI

Rank Player Total Score
157 Tamer Kamel 1546.54
183 Lasell King 1493.56
188 Andy Seth 1480.84
194 Barry Hutter 1464.99
209 Brian Rast 1420.36
221 Anthony Gargano 1383.27
228 Samuel Chartier 1371.70
241 Ondrej Vinklarek 1342.49
242 Kevin Iacofano 1334.39
246 Gary Benson 1320.71
247 Simon Mattsson 1320.52
255 Zoltan Purak 1311.07
262 Sam Greenwood 1301.22
266 Mike Sexton 1293.83
277 Alexander Kravchenko 1280.49
278 Mateusz Moolhuizen 1279.85
284 Artem Metalidi 1275.05
286 Tyler Reiman 1271.89
289 Mike Leah 1262.28
291 Simeon Naydenov 1257.36
292 Elio Fox 1251.82

Topping the 21 members of the GPI 300 this week is Andy Seth, who benefited from a runner-up finish in a side event and a sixth-place finish in the EPT Prague High Roller, banking nearly $200,000 in total.

Among the nearly two dozen players to exit the GPI 300 this week were Phil Ivey, Tommy Vedes, Owen Crowe, Jesse Sylvia, Randy Lew, Grayson Ramage, Brock Parker, Ike Haxton, and George Danzer.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
111 Andrew Chen 1749.41 115
116 Max Silver 1730.59 94
135 Florens Feenstra 1615.43 118
167 Cary Katz 1522.13 101
170 Darren Elias 1515.73 80
207 Kent Lundmark 1426.64 81

Three players jumped up 101 or more spots, including Cary Katz, Florens Feenstra, and Andrew Chen. Katz finished 30th in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic ($26,039), Feenstra won Unibet Open Riga ($101,652), and Chen finished 13th in the EPT Prague Main Event ($67,421).

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
254 Taylor Paur 1312.95 -94
279 Dan Kelly 1279.66 -201
282 Erick Lindgren 1278.65 -146

American Dan Kelly took a massive hit, plummeting 201 places to No. 279. Kelly has only cashed twice since the WSOP, and only has one six-figure score since February of 2012.

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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