As if Germany didn't earn enough accolades for 2013, Ole Schemion is now the clubhouse leader in the 2013 Global Poker Index Player of the Year Race.
On Monday, a source from the GPI informed PokerNews that Schemion needed to finish 17th or better in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague Main Event in order to overtake Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu in the POY race. Prior to the start of play on Day 5, the GPI confirmed this news on Twitter:
Ole Schemion will take over @RealKidPoker at 1st spot of the GPI Player Of the Year if he finishes 17th or better at #EPTPrague #eptliveFollow @GlobalPokerIndx
Day 5 began with 22 players, and there were five eliminations in less than 90 minutes. Belarus' Artem Metalidi bowed out in 18th place, earning €34,500 and guaranteeing Schemion the lead in the GPI POY race.
At the time of writing, Schemion is fourth in chips with 16 players remaining in the EPT Prague Main Event. PokerNews.nl editor Frank op de Voerd asked him how important it is that he passed Negreanu, and the German wasn't overly excited.
"It's not really big for me," Schemion said. "It's nice, of course, a nice accomplishment."
PokerNews spoke with Negreanu on Monday, and he said that he "packed up his year" in Prague and "isn't too concerned with what happens."
2013 was a banner year for Kid Poker, who won two more bracelets, including the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Main Event, a second WSOP Player of the Year title, and made deep runs in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final Main Event, World Poker Tour World Championship, and EPT Barcelona High Roller. All together, Negreanu earned over $3.2 million.
Schemion has earned nearly $2 million less than Negreanu, but finished sixth or better in 13 major poker tournaments, including the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller (4th), PCA $10,000 Six-Max (5th), Lebanese Poker Tour Main Event (1st), EPT Barcelona Super High Roller (6th), EPT Barcelona High Roller (6th), and a £5,000 turbo event at EPT London (2nd).
At the EPT Grand Final, Schemion won three side events.
The official GPI POY and Top 300 standings will be released on Wednesday. If Schemion is still in the EPT Prague Main Event, his score will not be affected until next week.