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Global Poker Index: Schemion, Seiver Still Lead; Negreanu Rejoins Overal Top 10

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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.

2015 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Scott Seiver1327.94-
2Joe Kuether1248.56+4
3Ivan Luca1231.94-1
4Walter Fisher1192.79+5
5Ognyan Dimov1192.13-2
6Nicholas Petrangelo1189.21+12
7Jason Mercier1181.63+5
8Davidi Kitai1154.14-4
9Ramin Hajiyev1145.28-4
10Jonathan Karamalikis1101.37-3

Scott Seiver retained the top spot this week in the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race, a position he has held now for four weeks running.

Meanwhile there was some movement behind him, including two newcomers joining the 2015 POY Top 10. Nicholas Petrangelo jumped from No. 18 to No. 6 this week after finishing fourth out of 636 entries in the C$2,500 no-limit hold’em event at the Fallsview Poker Classic. And after notching cashes this month at the WPT Lucky Hearts Open and WSOP Circuit West Palm Beach Main Event, Jason Mercier has moved from No. 12 to No. 7.

Shannon Shorr also enjoyed a big jump in the POY rankings this week, moving up from No. 43 all of the way to No. 11 after cashing in that aforementioned Fallsview Poker Classic preliminary event, then also making the money in the World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event won by Anthony Zinno. Zinno likewise enjoyed a big boost, catapulting from No. 285 to No. 40 this week in the POY rankings.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Ole Schemion4256.26-
2Pratyush Buddiga3722.71+1
3Davidi Kitai3708.64+3
4Scott Seiver3653.25-2
5Jason Mercier3597.86-1
6Bryn Kenney3539.92-1
7Ami Barer3325.720
8Jonathan Duhamel3321.15+1
9Byron Kaverman3310.24+1
10Daniel Negreanu3299.64+2

Another quiet week at the top of the overall GPI rankings this week, with Ole Schemion continuing to lead the rest of the field by a decent-sized margin for a 10th-straight week.

Following his successes earlier this month at the European Poker Tour Deauville, Davidi Kitai now sits in third position just behind Pratyush Buddiga. Meanwhile Daniel Negreanu this week finds himself back in the overall top 10, nudging Stephen Chidwick from the list as the latter fell from No. 8 to No. 11 this week.

Negreanu, whose career tournament earnings of just under $30 million puts him first in the all-time money list, is of course among those who have previously held the No. 1 position in the overall GPI rankings. While he has been either near the top 10 or comfortably inside it almost constantly since mid-2013, Negreanu’s last instance of being ranked first was in April 2014.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
226Ognyan Dimov1727.07
247Samuel Chartier1688.94
250Matt Jarvis1680.49
256Jackduyph Duong1666.44
259Joao Simao1659.06
277JJ Liu1605.06
285Sergey Rybachenko1585.34
286Michael Dentale1583.89
289Corey Burbick1582.85
291Marco Della Tommasino1581.46
292Maria Ho1580.43
293Vyacheslav Stoyanov1580.32
295Dzmitry Urbanovich1579.82
296Matthew Alexander1578.70
299Aditya Prasetyo1570.41

There were 15 newcomers joining the GPI Top 300 this week, with 2015 EPT Deauville Main Event champion Ognyan Dimov the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 307 to No. 226 — the highest-ever ranking for the Bulgarian.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
256Jackduyph Duong1666.44+221
299Aditya Prasetyo1570.41+119
226Ognyan Dimov1727.07+81
289Corey Burbick1582.85+75
247Samuel Chartier1688.94+65

Dimov’s move upwards in the overall rankings was one of the biggest of the week, although a couple of players in the Top 300 enjoyed even bigger jumps.

Aditya Prasetyo went from No. 418 up to No. 299 this week after a couple of deep runs in events at the L.A. Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino. Meanwhile Jackduyph Duong tops the list of biggest gainers among this week’s Top 300, having moved all of the way from No. 477 to No. 256 after finishing 16th in the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event, then final tabling another event in the Parx Casino Big Stax X series.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
287Griffin Benger1583.32-92
275Norbert Szecsi1612.46-65
243Richard Dubini1695.25-62
294Ihar Soika1579.94-62
223Angel Guillen1730.38-53

Finally, among players in the GPI Top 300 this week Griffin Benger fell the furthest, dropping from No. 195 to No. 287.

To view both the 2015 Player of the Year and GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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