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Global Poker Index: Duhamel, Jacobson Currently Highest-Ranked Among Recent WSOP Champs

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Jonathan Duhamel (left) and Martin Jacobson (right)

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
1Dzmitry Urbanovich3380.70-
2Scott Seiver3023.15-
3Ivan Luca2978.00-
4Connor Drinan2919.17-
5Steve O’Dwyer2703.32+1
6Joe Kuether2545.91-1
7Nicholas Petrangelo2326.17-
8Ramin Hajiyev2228.48-
9Vladimir Dobrovolskiy2152.88-
10Sorel Mizzi2136.93+4

After all of the movement a week ago following the completion of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival, things settled this week Global Poker Index Player of the Year race — though not for long as the 2015 World Series of Poker gets going in less than a week!

Dzmitry Urbanovich retained the No. 1 position for a ninth-straight week. Steve O’Dwyer and Joe Kuether swapped spots in the middle of the top 10. And Sorel Mizzi jumped up four spots to rejoin the POY top 10 after finishing 10th in the 2015 World Poker Tour Amsterdam Main Event won by Farid Yachou.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Scott Seiver3970.10-
2Ole Schemion3859.58-
3Dan Smith3828.71-
4Davidi Kitai3745.14-
5Byron Kaverman3670.28-
6Jason Mercier3631.66-
7Stephen Chidwick3606.35-
8Sorel Mizzi3495.18+1
9Pratyush Buddiga3451.41+1
10Bryn Kenney3440.37-2

It was a quiet week atop the overall Global Poker Index rankings as well with no change among the top seven as Scott Seiver remains the top-ranked tournament player in the world for a fourth week running. Meanwhile Mizzi’s Amsterdam score allowed him to move up a notch, with Pratyush Buddiga nudging upwards one spot as well.

With the WSOP coming soon the overall GPI rankings will be affected in a couple of ways. Players doing well this summer at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino will of course be adding points, while those who did well at the past three WSOPs will see the points they earned for those triumphs lessen in value due to the ranking system’s “age factor.”

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
273Kyle Bowker1659.53
274Jesse Alexis Cohen1659.15
284NiPun Java1618.84
285Michael Katz1618.64
287Salvatore Bonavena1611.25

Just five new names join the GPI Top 300 this week, with Kyle Bowker the highest-ranked of the group at No. 273.

2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess is among those lurking just outside the list (at No. 303). Here’s a look at where the last dozen WSOP Main Event champs are ranked in the Global Poker Index this week along with their highest previous rankings:

WSOP ME Champ YearPlayerCurrent GPI rankHighest ever rank (date*)
2014Martin Jacobson#15#8 (Nov. 2014)
2013Ryan Riess#303#199 (Nov. 2013)
2012Greg Merson#487#63 (Nov. 2012)
2011Pius Heinz#17,303#214 (July 2012)
2010Jonathan Duhamel#29#5 (July 2012)
2009Joe Cada#1,076#316 (June 2013)
2008Peter Eastgate#30,629#1,677 (July 2012)
2007Jerry Yang#7,250#2,565 (Mar. 2013)
2006Jamie Gold#3,340#2,724 (May 2015)
2005Joe Hachem#1,917#78 (June 2011)
2004Greg Raymer#540#256 (July 2011)
2003Chris Moneymaker#3,090#275 (July 2011)

*Note: the GPI rankings began June 27, 2011.

Right now from these 12 only Jonathan Duhamel and Martin Jacobson are in the GPI Top 300. Duhamel has remained inside the top 30 since August 2013, while the last time Jacobson was outside the top 50 was June 2014.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
160Louis Salter1999.47+83
284NiPun Java1618.84+81
108Eddy Sabat2276.09+74
152Ismael Bojang2051.22+73
273Kyle Bowker1659.53+67

Looking at who among this week’s Top 300 made the biggest gains, Louis Salter jumped the most, going from No. 243 to No. 160 after finishing ninth in that aforementioned WPT Amsterdam Main Event.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
280Farid Jattin1633.12-56
195Philipp Gruissem1892.87-43
292Eric Blair1594.07-36
205Viet Van Vo1862.04-31
245Vineet Pahuja1745.10-29

Finally Farid Jattin dropped the most this week among players still in the GPI Top 300, the second straight week he’s been part of this list.

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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