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Global Poker Index: Shorr Climbing in POY, Duhamel Returns to Top 10 in GPI 300

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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

1Daniel Negreanu1130.870
2Mike Watson964.800
3Ole Schemion963.360
4Shannon Shorr925.461
5Paul Volpe907.76-1
6Marvin Rettenmaier884.810
7Ravi Raghavan881.080
8Jonathan Duhamel867.330
9David Peters850.790
10Philipp Gruissem843.000

There was very little change within the top 10 of the 2013 POY race. Shannon Shorr leapfrogged Paul Volpe, landing at No. 4 with an eighth-place finish in a side event at the Masters Classics of Poker.

GPI 300 Top 10

1Daniel Negreanu3301.600
2Marvin Rettenmaier3201.510
3Ole Schemion3043.160
4Philipp Gruissem3032.460
5David Peters2976.750
6Shannon Shorr2976.250
7Mike Watson2899.610
8David Sands2816.442
9Jonathan Duhamel2794.373
10Jason Mercier2762.41-2

Like the POY race, Daniel Negreanu leads the GPI 300. At the bottom of the top 10, David “Doc” Sands moved up two spots to No. 8, Jason Mercier fell two spots to No. 10, and Jonathan Duhamel moved to three spots, replacing Sorel Mizzi in the top 10.

Duhamel recently finished 16th in a side event at the World Series of Poker Europe, while Sands won the $5,000 Festa al Lago at the Bellagio in September, pocketing $82,935.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
244David Boyaciyan1340.75
295Stan Jablonski1253.11
297Alexander Condon1249.75
298Mike Wattel1247.20
299Angel Guillen1246.58
300Jonathan Turner1242.37

David Boyaciyan, winner of the Season 8 European Poker Tour Prague Main Event, returned to the top 300 with a final table appearance at the Master Classics of Poker.

Also joining the GPI top 300 this week are Angel Guillen, and Jon “PearlJammer” Turner. Guillen finished 18th in a side event at the 2013 WSOPE, while Turner cashed in seven events at the 2013 WSOP.

Falling from the GPI this week are Jack Salter, Kristijonas Andrulis, Eric Froehlich, Grzegorz Derkowski, Matthias De Meulder, and Alexander Roumeliotis.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
72Salman Behbehani1951.5935
165Ari Engel1520.3257
175Keven Stammen1487.1339
197Kiryl Radzivonau1443.5597
212Jacob Bazeley1403.9243
233Darryl Ronconi1365.9635
249Eric Baldwin1328.9935

Making the biggest leap this week is Belarus’ Kiryl Radzivonau, who climbed 97 spots up to No. 197. Radzivonau has been grinding in Cyprus, making five final tables in November alone.

Salman Behbehani and Ari Engel also received big boosts. Behbehani has nearly a half a million dollars in earnings in 2013 alone, while Engel just won the Heartland Poker Tour River City Casino & Hotel for $142,125.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
217Ray Qartomy1399.38-85
225Jonathan Karamalikis1380.67-87
250Tom Alner1328.43-71
272Artem Litvinov1294.07-55
279Rhys Jones1283.17-52

Taking the biggest hit this week is Australia’s Jonathan Karamalikis. Karamalikis, known better by his online moniker “Monster Dong,” only has six cashes in 2013 for a total of $274,487.

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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