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Global Poker Index: Gruissem Returns to GPI 300 top 10; Schemion Second in POY Race

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.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Keven Stammen893.30-
2Ole Schemion803.211
3Alex Bilokur800.07-1
4Scott Seiver633.2617
5Shyam Srinivasan626.96-1
6Mike McDonald608.205
7Byron Kaverman600.2322
8Ami Barer594.745
9Alexander Denisov581.061
10Mustapha Kanit573.50-5

Unsurprisingly, Season XII WPT World Championship winner Keven Stammen remains the leader in the 2014 POY race. Ole Schemion, the 2013 GPI POY winner, leapfrogged Alex Bilokur to take the second spot, and is primed to challenge Stammen for the rest of the year.

American Scott Seiver jumped up 17 places to come in at No. 4 after chopping the €25,000 buy-in PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final High Roller with Philipp Gruissem. Gruissem earned €993,963, Seiver €857,637, and the former already has over $1.7 million in earnings in 2014.

Also entering the top 10 this week are Byron Kaverman and Ami Barer. Kaverman finished runner-up to Stammen in the WPT World Championship, then cashed in the EPT Grand Final High Roller. Barer reached two final tables in Monaco, finishing fifth in a €5,000 side event and runner-up in a €2,000 side event.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Ole Schemion4054.34-
2Scott Seiver3784.711
3Philipp Gruissem3599.7835
4Vanessa Selbst3598.53-2
5Byron Kaverman3493.732
6Marvin Rettenmaier3356.38-
7Jason Mercier3352.26-3
8Dan Smith3339.95-3
9Mike McDonald3294.89-1
10Stephen Chidwick3282.2614

Schemion remains atop the GPI 300, and Seiver slides to No. 2 as Vanessa Selbst drops two places. Coming in at No. 3 is the aforementioned Gruissem, who flew up 35 spots over the last week. Gruissem's chop with Seiver was his third seven-figure score since October, and two of them are still in Zone 1.

Kaverman also climbed up the rankings with his cash in Monaco, moving up two places to No. 5, and rounding out the top 10 is Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick finished seventh in the High Roller for €187,200, and cashed in the last four Main Events this season on the EPT; Prague, Vienna, Sanremo, and the Grand Final. His biggest cash came in Prague, where he finished third for €378,000.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
78Mayu Roca Uribe2381.17
182Benny Spindler1886.49
224Miroslav Alilovic1754.26
225Santiago Nadal1751.48
242Rumen Nanev1713.81
250Pascal Lefrancois1695.66
254Salman Behbehani1679.29
260Ivan Soshnikov1664.92
266Joao Vieira1644.67
273Jeffrey Hakim1632.09
276Tom Dobrilovic1628.09
284Stephane Benadiba1603.92
298Jean-Noel Thorel1560.88

Mayu Roca Uribe rockets into the GPI 300 with a fourth-place finish in the EPT Grand Final Main Event for €419,000. This is Uribe's second six-figure score this year - he finished third in a $5,000 buy-in side event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, pocketing $117,830.

Benny Spindler also made a considerable jump, coming in at No. 182 after cashing in the EPT Grand Final High Roller and a €2,000 side event.

With two deep runs in the 2014 Borgata Spring Poker Open, Tom Dobrilovic joins the GPI 300 for the first time at No. 276. Dobrilovic won a side event at the festival for $39,650, and finished eighth in the WPT World Championship for $143,146.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
69Dermot Blain2447.77110
83Daniel Stern2353.16118
149Anatoly Filatov1980.0396
150Vladimir Troyanovskiy1977.9389
157Senh Man Ung1954.2975
177Rocco Palumbo1892.9773
184John Juanda1877.0299
196Liv Boeree1841.8885

American Dani Stern and Irishman Dermot Blain both moved up more than 100 spots this week, and come in at Nos. 83 and 69 respectively. Stern finished 21st in the EPT Grand Final and seventh in a side event, while Blain won a €5,000 side event in Monaco for €200,900.

Five-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner John Juanda climbed up 99 places, finishing fourth in the EPT Grand Final High Roller, and Liv Boeree moved up 85 spots, finishing 12th in a €5,000 side event.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
137Alexander Kravchenko2040.95-33
174Marcel Luske1905.16-35
198Mikhail Korotkikh1837.57-34
228Lasell King1745.42-39
230Bobby Oboodi1742.10-33
232Benjamin Hamnett1740.12-38
253Kiryl Radzivonau1681.65-40
259Mateusz Moolhuizen1665.61-69
290Adam Friedman1577.89-63
294Aleksandr Gofman1569.32-35

Mateusz Moolhuizen and Adam Friedman fell the furthest this week, dropping 69 spots and 63 spots respectively. Despite cashing in five events at EPT Vienna, Moolhuizen's 16th-place finish in the Season 9 EPT Grand Final Main Event is now a full year in the rearview mirror, putting it in Zone 3. We are now six months removed from Friedman's victory in the Heartland Poker Tour Indiana Main Event, putting that score in Zone 2.

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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