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Global Poker Index: Duhamel Returns to Top 10; Trickett Cracks the Top 300

Global Poker Index

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account 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.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Keven Stammen893.30-
2Ole Schemion803.21-
3Alex Bilokur800.07-
4Scott Seiver633.26-
5Shyam Srinivasan626.96-
6Mike McDonald608.20-
7Byron Kaverman600.23-
8Ami Barer594.74-
9Alexander Denisov581.06-
10Mustapha Kanit573.50-

There's no change in the top 10 of the GPI Player of the Year race, but knocking on the door is Dan Heimiller. Heimiller added four more cashes at the Chicago Poker Classic, including two 11th-place finishes for $1,768 and $2,037.

Keven Stammen remains the clear leader, and he is trailed by 2013 GPI Player of the Year Ole Schemion.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Ole Schemion4016.37-
2Scott Seiver3747.12-
3Philipp Gruissem3599.78-
4Byron Kaverman3438.181
5Vanessa Selbst3427.99-1
6Marvin Rettenmaier3399.67-
7Dan Smith3339.951
8Stephen Chidwick3282.262
9Jason Mercier3222.40-2
10Jonathan Duhamel3186.873

2010 World Series of Poker champion Jonathan Duhamel rejoins the GPI 300 top 10, taking fellow Canadian Mike McDonald's spot. McDonald fell seven spots to No. 16 due to two decaying scores - he finished fifth and second in side events at the Season 9 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final.

Byron Kaverman leapfrogged fellow American Vanessa Selbst, moving up to No. 4 in the world. Kaverman already has over $1.3 million in live tournament earnings in 2014, finishing runner-up in the Season XII WPT World Championship.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
261Frank Rusnak1652.53
293Goran Mandic1557.96
295Atanas Gueorguiev1553.25
297Vinny Pahuja1547.42
298James Carroll1547.17
299Greg Mueller1545.30
300Sam Trickett1544.82

Top British pro Sam Trickett squeaks into the top 300 thanks to a min-cash at the EPT Grand Final. Trickett of course finished runner-up in the inaugural $1 Million BIG ONE for ONE DROP, earning over $10.1 million, and will be participating in the seven-figure buy-in event once again.

Also returning to the GPI 300 are Greg Mueller, Vinny Pahuja, and James Carroll. Mueller plays his highest volume during the WSOP, so the next two months are a good opportunity for him to climb the GPI ranks.

Exiting the GPI this week are Atanas Kavrakov, Tom Alner, Darryl Ronconi, Joey Weissman, Stephane Benadiba, Tom Dobrilovic, and Jean-Noel Thorel.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
119Antonio Lafosse2105.6848
127Chino Rheem2078.1139
130Ronit Chamani2061.6169
201Salman Behbehani1813.9453
222Ivan Soshnikov1756.0738
240Blair Hinkle1723.5056

Ronit Chamani makes the largest leap this week, climbing 69 spots to No. 130. Chamani won a $2,000 buy-in side event at WPT Bay 101 in March, earning $152,080.

Also making moves were Salman Behbehani and Blair Hinkle. Behbehani finished third in a side event at the EPT Grand Final, bringing him to No. 201, and Hinkle finished 12th in the Heartland Poker Tour Kansas City Main Event, pushing up to No. 240.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
141Igor Kurganov2015.82-41
162Ray Qartomy1929.33-60
204Senh Man Ung1811.81-47
243Mikhail Korotkikh1717.51-45
264Tony Gregg1648.49-62
262Florens Feenstra1649.83-53
269Daniel Neilson1633.63-46

No one fell further this week than 2013 ONE DROP High Roller winner Tony Gregg. Gregg's three-way chop in the Season 9 EPT Grand Final is now in Zone 3, and his big win last summer will decay as well in a month and a half.

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