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Global Poker Index: Schemion Takes Lead in POY; Selbst Joins GPI 300 Top 10

Global Poker Index

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

1Ole Schemion1163.141
2Daniel Negreanu1130.87-1
3Paul Volpe1042.385
4Bryn Kenney986.261
5David Peters983.677
6Mike Watson964.80-3
7Philipp Gruissem962.57-3
8Steven Silverman940.415
9Jonathan Duhamel938.762
10Shannon Shorr929.10-4

With a fifth-place finish in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague Main Event, Ole Schemion passed Daniel Negreanu to take the lead in the GPI Player of the Year race. After leaving Prague, Negreanu told PokerNews that he was "packing it up" and won't play any more events in 2013.

Schemion is now a favorite to take down the award.

Paul Volpe climbed up five spots within the top 10 after two cashes in the Czech Republic. Volpe now sits at No. 3 after finishing third in the Eureka High Roller for $98,665, and 143rd in the EPT Prague Main Event for $12,333.

David Peters and Steven Silverman both rejoined the top 10 of the POY, coming it at No. 5 and No. 8 respectively. Peters won the Eureka High Roller for $179,516, and Silverman finished 16th in the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $34,719.

Scott Seiver, Ravi Raghavan, and Marvin Rettenmaier all exited the top 10 this week.

GPI 300 Top 10

1Daniel Negreanu3505.00-
2Philipp Gruissem3264.16-
3Ole Schemion3201.511
4Marvin Rettenmaier3021.12-1
5David Peters2976.634
6Bryn Kenney2926.69-
7Vanessa Selbst2869.9724
8Shannon Shorr2867.15-1
9Mike Watson2865.332-4
10Paul Volpe2846.534

Negreanu remains on top of the GPI 300 with 3505 points, and Philipp Gruissem still right behind him with 3264.16. Schemion's deep run in Prague has him up one spot to No. 3.

Vanessa Selbst earned another victory in Prague, taking down a €5,000 Omaha event for $137,994, and finished seventh in the EPT Prague High Roller for $88,387. Selbst, who plays a very selective schedule, peaked in the GPI at No. 3 at one point, but hasn't been in the top 10 for several weeks.

Volpe is back in the top 10 thanks to his aforementioned success in Prague.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
157Tamer Kamel1546.54
183Lasell King1493.56
188Andy Seth1480.84
194Barry Hutter1464.99
209Brian Rast1420.36
221Anthony Gargano1383.27
228Samuel Chartier1371.70
241Ondrej Vinklarek1342.49
242Kevin Iacofano1334.39
246Gary Benson1320.71
247Simon Mattsson1320.52
255Zoltan Purak1311.07
262Sam Greenwood1301.22
266Mike Sexton1293.83
277Alexander Kravchenko1280.49
278Mateusz Moolhuizen1279.85
284Artem Metalidi1275.05
286Tyler Reiman1271.89
289Mike Leah1262.28
291Simeon Naydenov1257.36
292Elio Fox1251.82

Topping the 21 members of the GPI 300 this week is Andy Seth, who benefitted from a runner-up finish in a side event and a sixth-place finish in the EPT Prague High Roller, banking nearly $200,000 in total.

Among the nearly two dozen players to exit the GPI 300 this week were Phil Ivey, Tommy Vedes, Owen Crowe, Jesse Sylvia, Randy Lew, Grayson Ramage, Brock Parker, Ike Haxton, and George Danzer.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
111Andrew Chen1749.41115
116Max Silver1730.5994
135Florens Feenstra1615.43118
167Cary Katz1522.13101
170Darren Elias1515.7380
207Kent Lundmark1426.6481

Three players jumped up 101 or more spots, including Cary Katz, Florens Feenstra, and Andrew Chen. Katz finished 30th in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic ($26,039), Feenstra won Unibet Open Riga ($101,652), and Chen finished 13th in the EPT Prague Main Event ($67,421).

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
254Taylor Paur1312.95-94
279Dan Kelly1279.66-201
282Erick Lindgren1278.65-146

American Dan Kelly took a massive hit, plummeting 201 places to No. 279. Kelly has only cashed twice since the WSOP, and only has one six-figure score since February of 2012.

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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