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Global Poker Index: Rettenmaier Returns to Top Spot in the GPI 300; Schemion Leads POY

Global Poker Index: Rettenmaier Returns to Top Spot in the GPI 300; Schemion Leads POY 0001

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

1Ole Schemion892.406
2Daniel Negreanu875.964
3Mike Watson836.800
4Paul Volpe814.81-3
5Steven Silverman786.11-3
6Jonathan Duhamel768.2428
7Steve O'Dwyer767.531
8Bryn Kenney764.21-3
9David Peters736.55-5
10Marvin Rettenmaier696.567

With three cashes at the first stop of the tenth season of the European Poker Tour in Barcelona, including final table appearances in the €50,000 Super High Roller (sixth for $212,959) and the €10,000 High Roller (sixth for $121,328), German Ole Schemion is now atop the GPI Player of the Year race. In May, during the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT9 Grand Final, Schemion won three side events and finished third in the €5,000 eight-game tournament.

In 2013 alone, Schemion has 12 final table appearances and over $1.2 million in earnings.

Moving up four spots to No. 2 is Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu, who won his fifth bracelet in the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event, finished runner-up in the EPT Barcelona High Roller for $352,881. Negreanu now has nearly $2.2 million in earnings this year.

Jumping up 28 spots to No. 6 is fellow Canadian and Team Pro Jonathan Duhamel. Duhamel finished runner-up in a €2,000 side event at EPT Barcelona for $83,739 and fifth in the €10,000 High Roller for $157,847.

Exiting from the top 10 of the Player of the Year race are Griffin Benger and Scott Seiver.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Marvin Rettenmaier3238.581
2Daniel Negreanu3187.665
3Jason Mercier3149.04-2
4Philipp Gruissem3070.491
5Joseph Cheong3040.17-1
6Ole Schemion3031.884
7Mike Watson3006.29-1
8Stephen O'Dwyer3000.48-5
9Igor Kurganov2906.90-1
10Paul Volpe2837.171

Marvin Rettenmaier returns to the top of the GPI 300 for the first time since May 16, while Jason Mercier, the former No. 1 player in the world, fell two spots to No. 3.

Leapfrogging five spots to No. 2 is the aforementioned Negreanu. This is the highest ranking Kid Poker has ever had in the GPI, and he is just 50 points behind Rettenmaier for the top spot.

Returning to the top 10 is Paul Volpe, the former leader in the Player of the Year race. Volpe peaked at No. 7 in the GPI 300, and is ranked No. 4 in the United States.

Welcome to the GPI

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Joao Barbosa1429.29202
Sergio Espina1416.95206
Atanas Gueorguiev1410.69210
Marcin Wydrowski1393.04220
Nikolaus Teichert1375.38228
Thomas Butzhammer1360.19236
Ondrej Vinklarek1339.52243
Leo Fernandez1330.61246
Thomas Muehloecker1329.71247
Jean-Noel Thorel1327.44248
Martin Staszko1311.83254
Grayson Ramage1307.16256
Massimo Mosele1288.52268
Jordan Cristos1275.90279
David Boyaciyan1264.14284
Jesse Yaginuma1262.68287
Jan Peter Jachtmann1252.69294
Phil Laak1249.51298

Among the new players this week are Phil Laak, Jan Peter Jachtmann, David Boyaciyan, Grayson Ramage, Martin Staszko, and Leo Fernandez.

Laak finished fifth in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker a few weeks ago for $109,385, and finished 19th in the WSOP One Drop High Roller for $173,723. Laak’s peak in the GPI 300 is at No. 68.

Boyaciyan also rejoins the GPI 300 this week at No. 284. The Dutchman won the 2011 Master Classics of Poker for $527,391, finished second in the EPT8 Prague Main Event for $716,323, and finished third in the EPT8 Prague Main Event for $405,197.

Exiting from the GPI 300 this week are John Dolan, Aku Joentausta, Hiren “Sunny” Patel, Mike Wattel, Jeremy Kottler, Jose Manuel Nadal, Manuel Bevand, David Stefanski, Kevin Eyster, Steve Sung, Michael DeGilio, Naoya Kihara, Jan Collado, Jarred Solomon, David Diaz, Artem Metalidi, Max Silver, Alex Venovski.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
125David Benefield1698.06103
128Anaras Alekberovas1690.2194
141Kevin Vandersmissen1643.1782
146Walid Bou Habib1621.2588
153Niall Farrell1605.7577
171Jonas Lauck1519.0391
181Yann Dion1479.5296
188Kent Lundmark1460.19104
201Sergey Rybachenko1429.4662
203Jonathan Karamalikis1424.4469

Kent Lundmark makes the biggest leap this week, moving up 104 spots to No. 188. The Swede finished 64th in the EPT Barcelona Main Event for $20,012 and 14th in a €2,000 side event for $6,916.

Making the second-largest jump this week is November Niner David Benefield. Benefield finished fifth in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller for $278,439, 110th in the Main Event for $15,183, and eighth in the High Roller for $64,008.

Belgian Kevin Vandersmissen also made a big move, climbing 82 spots to No. 141. Vandersmissen, a member of Team Ivey, finished 38th in the EPT Barcelona Main Event for $28,680, and 13th in the High Roller for $38,927.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
87David Benyamine1897.64-39
199JC Tran1431.95-31
207Nicolas Cardyn1416.57-38
221Alex Kravchenko1390.14-33
232Tim West1368.37-35
251Heinz Kamutzki1325.57-60
263Liv Boeree1297.12-43
266George Danzer1295.58-42
267Fabrice Soulier1291.81-56
270Allen Cunningham1287.43-31
272Kiryl Radzivonau1285.69-40
280James Anderson1273.48-30
291Raul Paez Corral1257.83-30
299Christopher Frank1248.24-41

Heinz Kamutzki takes the biggest hit this week, falling 60 spots to No. 251. In the last three years, the German has less than $300,000 in live tournament earnings.

Also taking big hits this week are Allen Cunningham, George Danzer, Liv Boeree, Tim West, JC Tran, and David Benyamine.

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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