Joe Hachem Tops The Australian Global Poker Index Rankings
Posted at 10:45 2012-08-21 by Matthew Pitt
Each week PokerNetwork brings you the online poker rankings for Australian players along with a report into the Top 10 worldwide rankings according to the excellent Global Poker Index (GPI). From today, we will also be supplying you with regular updates into how Australian players are faring in the live poker arena and letting you know who the top 10 Australian poker players are according to the GPI, along with Australian GPI Player of the Year standings.
The title of this article has already let the cat out of the bag, Joe Hachem is the top ranked Australian at the time of writing. Hachem has a total of 1,051.62 points helped by his hot form at the start of the year that included a 3rd place finish in the $100,000 Challenge at the Aussie Millions for $330,000 and a 12th place finish at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic that netted him $60,610. That last result was back in late February 2012 and Hachem has not made it into the money since then so he could find himself sliding down the rankings in the near future unless he turns his fortunes around.
Hachem's nearest rival (in terms of GPI points) is Oliver Speidel who is on 931.78 points and who currently tops the GPI Player of the Year standings for Australian players. The majority of Speidel's points came from his amazing win in the Aussie Millions Main Event that netted him $1,600,000 but since then he has cashed in two other events and has netted himself almost $80,000 extra.
There are a whole host of major tournaments taking place over the next few months that could see the top 10 players switching places and those outside the top 10 making a charge up the rankings too. Along with the PokerStars.com ANZPT Melbourne festival there is also the 2012 National Poker Championships, the WPPT Tweed Heads, Leg 14 of the Super Stack Series and the World Series of Poker Europe on the horizon so plenty of opportunity to earn vital GPI points for those players taking part.
Tune in next week to find out if the rankings have changed and if Hachem has managed to keep a hold on the top spot.
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