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Global Poker Index: Schemion Dominating; Hellmuth, Negreanu and Mercier Fall

Phil Hellmuth

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 this week. Germany's Ole Schemion held on to the top spot, a position he earned by making 12 final tables — with four wins — thus far in 2013. Schemion leads by 15 points over Paul Volpe, but the race is wide open heading into a busy fall schedule on the European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour, and World Series of Poker Europe.

Making the biggest jump in the POY rankings this week was Giacomo Fundaro, who placed sixth in the €1,500 Peoples Poker Tour event in Nova Gorica last month for more than $20,000. Fundaro moved up 38 spots to No. 100.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Marvin Rettenmaier3134.96--
2Ole Schemion3048.22+4
3Philipp Gruissem3046.22+1
4David Sands2986.75+4
5Mike Watson2973.16+4
6Steve O'Dwyer2944.27+1
7Igor Kurganov2923.84+3
8Daniel Negreanu2858.63-6
9Paul Volpe2855.22+2
10Joseph Cheong2833.08-5

There was major movement in the top 10 of the GPI 300 this week. While Marvin Rettenmaier maintained the No. 1 spot, POY leader Ole Schemion replaced Daniel Negreanu in the No. 2 position. David Sands and Mike Watson also advanced closer to the top spot, while longtime No. 1 Jason Mercier dropped nine spots and out of the Top 10.

Negreanu cashed three times at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe, and each of those scores aged into the third period of his GPI score this week. One of Negreanu's biggest goals is to reach No. 1 on the GPI 300, and he'll need to put together some big results to make up the ground he lost this week.

Mercier was removed from the top 10 for the first time ever this week. The Team PokerStars Pro had two big WSOP-E scores from last year age into the third period of his GPI formula. He also hasn't cashed in a live tournament since June at the WSOP in Las Vegas, resulting in a big tumble to No. 12 in the rankings.

Welcome to the GPI

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Michael Linster1282.95272
Mike Wattel1247.19296
Jan Peter Jachtmann1246.74297
Stephen Bokor1245.97298
Manuel Bevand 1239.12300

WPT champ Mike Linster rejoined the GPI 300 this week. Linster made two deep runs at the Borgata Poker Open last month and will climb even further up the charts next week after reaching the final table of the Full Tilt Montreal Festival Main Event, which concludes on Thursday.

Exiting the GPI 300 this week were Nicolas Cardyn, Fabrice Soulier, Leo Fernandez, Paul Tedeschi and Liv Boeree.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
121Dario Sammartino1697.58+19
123Giacomo Fundaro1685.35+32
169Adam Levy1506.10+23
180Guy Goossens1354.07+20
235Andrea Dato1339.08+62
240Ronnie Bardah1333.06+27
243James Mitchell1329.25+26

Andrea Dato made the most progress on the GPI 300 this week after placing 21st in the €1,500 Peoples Poker Tour event. As mentioned above, Fundaro took sixth in that event, and Dario Sammartino also made the final table.

Notables Ronnie Bardah and Adam Levy each made sizable jumps, with Bardah climbing 27 positions after taking third in a $1,000 Six-Max event at the Borgata Poker Open in September.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
101Timothy Adams1750.73-33
115David Benyamine1705.14-32
126Dan O'Brien1677.53-33
156Kyle Julius1549.94-50
163Phil Hellmuth1526.05-103
168Kristijonas Andrulis1508.86-39
197Christopher Brammer1424.40-54
274Joao Barbosa1278.46-58
292Ondrej Vinklarek1250.35-34

Phil Hellmuth dropped 103 spots this week after his victory in the WSOP-E Main Event slipped into Period 3 of his GPI formula. Hellmuth hasn't traveled the circuit a lot this year and will continue to slide if he doesn't put together some results in the final months of 2013.

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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