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
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.
GPI 300 Top 10
|Rank||Player||Total Score||Rank Change|
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
|Player||Total GPI Score||GPI Rank|
|Jan Peter Jachtmann||1252.69||294|
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.
|Rank||Player||Total GPI Score||Change|
|146||Walid Bou Habib||1621.25||88|
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.
|Rank||Player||Total GPI Score||Change|
|291||Raul Paez Corral||1257.83||-30|
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.