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Global Poker Index: Daniel Negreanu Rebounds; Phillip Gruissem Falls From 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 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 Schemion892.40--
2Paul Volpe877.93--
3Daniel Negreanu875.96--
4Mike Watson836.80--
5Steven Silverman786.11--
6Jonathan Duhamel768.24--
7Steve O'Dwyer767.53--
8Bryn Kenney764.21--
9Marvin Rettenmaier761.50--
10Scott Seiver738.89--

There were no changes in the top 10 of the GPI Player of the Year again this week. Germany's Ole Schemion maintained his slight lead over Paul Volpe and Daniel Negreanu, but there may be a shift in the rankings after the completion of the European Poker Tour stop in London, which is currently taking place.

Several notables made big jumps in the POY rankings this week, including Joe Serock (up 11 spots to No. 14), Joe Kuether (up 15 spots to No. 26), Martin Finger (up 69 spots to No. 36), Vanessa Selbst (up 37 spots to No. 44), and November Niner David Benefield (up 29 spots to No. 47). Serock is coming off a third-place finish at the PPC Aruba Championship and is creeping closer toward the Top 10. Meanwhile, Finger and Selbst each won a High Roller event in London last week.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Marvin Rettenmaier3122.93--
2Ole Schemion3036.67--
3David Sands2986.75+1
4Daniel Negreanu2955.31+4
5Steve O'Dwyer2920.74+1
6Mike Watson2910.51-1
7Igor Kurganov2875.64--
8Paul Volpe2855.22+1
9Bryn Kenney2810.48+2
10Jason Mercier2802.56+2

After dropping six spots to No. 8 last week, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu bounced back by climbing back to No. 4 this week. Negreanu has only once cash since the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, a runner-up finish at the European Poker Tour Barcelona High Roller. With the EPT in full swing, Negreanu is a good bet to close the year in the top five, and maybe even make a run at Rettenmaier for the top position.

Negreanu benefitted from a big drop by German Phillip Gruissem who fell nine spots to No. 13, leaving him out of the Top 10 for the first time in 30 weeks. Gruissem's High Roller victory at the WSOP-APAC in April aged into the second period of the GPI formula, and his deep runs at the WSOP-Europe and EPT Sanremo last October aged into Period 3.

Rejoining the Top 10 this week were Bryn Kenney and Jason Mercier. Mercier dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time ever last week but his absence was shortlived.

Welcome to the GPI

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Kenny Hallaert1399.02206
Paul Tedeschi1369.64218
Max Silver1344.05237
Alain Roy1280.79273
Russell Thomas1274.84278
Kevin Saul1256.79286

Kenny Hallaert re-entered the GPI 300 after finding a lot of success in London so far this month. Hallaert cashed the UKIPT Main Event and placed third in the UKIPT High Roller won by Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst. Hallaert also cashed the EPT London Main Event but busted shortly after the money bubble burst.

Exiting the GPI 300 this week were Kiryl Radzivonau, Alex Queen, Mikolaj Zawadzki, John Juanda, Manuel Bevand and Michael Benvenuti.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
100Paul Berende1750.55+ 62
111Tobias Reinkemeier1720.18+50
164Marcin Wydrowski1520.87+ 58
173Thomas Muehloecker1502.77+ 69
182Salvatore Bonavena1464.59+ 97
195Vineet Pahuja1432.39+ 55

Paul Berende used a pair of final tables at UKIPT London so jump 62 spots in the rankings this week. Meanwhile, High Roller extraordinaire Tobias Reinkemeier moved up 50 spots after finishing runner-up to countryman Martin Finger in the EPT London Super High Roller.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
161Artem Litvinov1534.02-36
193Isaac Haxton1435.69-39
198Mihai Manole1429.21-39
224Athanasios Polychronopoulos1360.07-41
239Vojtech Ruzicka1339.51-47
248Melanie Weisner1327.2-37
258Atanas Gueorguiev1311.38-37
267Christopher Brammer1295.3-70

Chris Brammer took another big tumble this week. The online superstar hasn't picked up a live cash since the WSOP over the summer. In addition, his fifth-place finish at last year's WSOP-Europe Main Event dropped into Period 3.

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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