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Global Poker Index: Gruissem and Kenney Climb in POY Race and Top 300

Philipp Gruissem

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.

2013 GPI Player of the Year

1Daniel Negreanu1130.870
2Ole Schemion1026.40+1
3Mike Watson964.80-1
4Philipp Gruissem962.57+6
5Bryn Kenney948.27+11
6Shannon Shorr925.46-2
7Paul Volpe907.76-2
8Scott Seiver895.86+5
9Marvin Rettenmaier884.81-3
10Ravi Raghavan881.08-3

After finishing 20th in the Master Classics of Poker (MCOP) Main Event, a tournament he won in 2012, Ole Schemion climbed past Mike Watson into the second spot in the GPI Player of the Year race. The German now has over $1.35 million in live tournament earnings in 2013, and over $3.5 million in career live tournament earnings.

Fellow German Philipp Gruissem won the World Poker Tour Alpha8 event in St. Kitts, earning back-to-back victories worth over $1 million each. Gruissem’s now has an astounding $4.6 million in earnings in 2013, and sits at No. 5 in the POY race.

Joining this eclectic group of players in the top 10 are Americans Bryn Kenney and Scott Seiver. Kenney comes in at No. 5 after finishing 12th in the MCOP Main Event and winning the €10,000 MCOP High Roller, Seiver is at No. 8 with a cash in St. Kitts.

Exiting the top 10 is Jason Mercier, who has over $1.8 million in tournament earnings in 2013.

GPI 300 Top 10

1Daniel Negreanu3385.480
2Philipp Gruissem3218.48+2
3Marvin Rettenmaier3134.44-1
4Ole Schemion3010.24-1
5Shannon Shorr2970.96+1
6Bryn Kenney2931.52+10
7David Peters2924.45-2
8Mike Watson2899.61-1
9David Sands2816.44-1
10Jonathan Duhamel2794.37-1

Daniel Negreanu remains the leader in both the GPI POY race and the Top 300. Due to their aforementioned recent successes, Gruissem moves to No. 2 and Kenney is up to No. 6 in the Top 300.

The only other player to move up in the top 10 is Shannon Shorr. Shorr placed eighth in a side event at the MCOP, and currently ranks fifth.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
208Tobias Peters1405.27
237Andrew Chen1355.52
293Mateusz Moolhuizen1250.48
298Jack Salter1237.25
299Jason Lavallee1236.60
300Hiren "Sunny" Patel1236.27

Andrew Chen, Jason Lavallee and Hiren “Sunny” Patel rejoined the top 300, with Patel squeaking in right at No. 300. Patel has’t cashed in an event since August, while Lavallee won the EPT London High Roller and Chen finished fifth in the MCOP Main Event.

Exiting this week are GPI 300 are Mihai Manole, Paul Lieu, Jan-Peter Jachtmann, Kyle Bowker, Stan Jablonski, and Alex Queen.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
67Mike McDonald1998.83+38
138Daniel Weinman1599.22+44
149Govert Metaal1560.69+74
169Antonio Lafosse1502.60+39
200Ryan Riess1428.94+31
209Timothy West1402.13+61

Dutchman Govert Metaal made the biggest jump this week, climbing 74 spots No. 149 thanks to a fourth-place finish in the 2013 Scheveningen Series of Poker Main Event, a 30th-place finish in an MCOP side event, and a runner-up finish in the MCOP High Roller. Mike “Timex” McDonald also rocketed up the ranks. The Canadian pro finished third in the WPT Alpha8 super high roller in St. Kitts, moving 38 spots to No. 67.

World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess moved up 31 places to No. 200. Daniel Weinman also received a nice boost. Weinman, who told PokerNews at the WSOP Europe that he thinks he’s the best open-face Chinese poker player in the world, made two deep runs in Enghien-les-Bains, and climbed 44 places to No. 138.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
192Rocco Palumbo1453.13-51
217Salvatore Bonavena1393.41-49
219Flavien Guenan1385.10-41
267Vinny Pahuja1295.27-64
291Brock Parker1255.17-106

Brock Parker plummeted over 100 spots and is now in danger of falling out of the top 300 at No. 291. Parker only has seven cashes in 2013, and only $187,334 in earnings.

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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