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Global Poker Index: Stammen Increases POY Lead; Seiver Back in 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.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Keven Stammen893.30-
2Alex Bilokur638.91-
3Ole Schemion630.091
4Shyam Srinivasan579.595
5Mustapha Kanit573.508
6Mukul Pahuja558.78-3
7Dominik Panka544.01-2
8Dan Heimiller543.09-2
9Matt Stout543.0211
10Alexander Denisov520.724

Keven Stammen extended his lead in the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race, winning the Season XII WPT World Championship for $1.35 million. Through four months Stammen has already accumulated 76.8 percent of the points Ole Schemion did en route to his POY win in 2013, but Stammen has already filled 12 of his 13 eligible results.

The GPI takes the 13 best results throughout the year, however, and Stammen should be able to replace a very small cash he registered in January that was only worth 2.19 points.

Speaking of Schemion, he now sits at No. 3 after winning the EPT Sanremo High Roller. The young German added cashes in the EPT Grand Final Main Event and EPT Grand Final High Roller this week as well, and could leapfrog Alex Bilokur and take the No. 2 spot.

Mustapha Kanit, Matt Stout, and Alexander Denisov all cracked the top 10 of the GPI POY race. Kanit reached two final tables at EPT Sanremo and another at the EPT Grand Final, Stout cashed in the WPT World Championship and the WSOP Circuit Philadelphia Main Event, and Denisov cashed in three events at EPT San Remo.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Ole Schemion4017.13-
2Vanessa Selbst3598.53-
3Scott Seiver3443.1228
4Jason Mercier3367.87-
5Dan Smith3359.111
6Marvin Rettenmaier3356.38-3
7Byron Kaverman3260.6613
8Mike McDonald3258.23-3
9Jonathan Duhamel3186.875
10Joe Serock3176.26-2

With a runner-up finish in the WPT World Championship, Byron Kaverman climbed up 13 spots to No. 7 in the GPI 300. Kaverman set the record with seven cashes in Season XII of the WPT, and now has over $2.6 million in career live tournament earnings.

Rejoining the GPI 300 top 10 this week are Scott Seiver and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel. Seiver moved up 28 spots after winning a €5,000 buy-in side event at the EPT Grand Final, and Duhamel cashed in side events at EPT Sanremo and the EPT Grand Final for a total of $7,525.

Season XII WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja fell out of the GPI 300 top 10, and now comes in at No. 15. At the end of May, his runner-up finish in the WPT Playground Poker Fall Classic will fall into Zone 2, depreciating his current score further.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
172Tony Gregg1859.48
175Blake Bohn1858.13
197Bobby Oboodi1796.97
239Vladimir Troyanovskiy1679.81
245Anatoly Filatov1669.80
269Kevin Saul1622.86
273Shaun Suller1617.31
297Joey Weissman1546.00
300Isaac Haxton1538.31

Nine players join the GPI 300 this week, including Team PokerStars Online's Isaac Haxton, Tony Gregg, and Shaun Suller.

Gregg bubbled the WPT World Championship final table, finishing seventh for $189,244. The "End Boss" made a big splash during the 2013 WSOP, winning the $111,111 One Drop High Roller for over $4.8 million.

Suller was one of two players who could catch Pahuja in the Season XII WPT Player of the Year race, but was unable to win the WPT World Championship. Suller added an 11th place finish at WSOP-C Philadelphia to his impressive 2013-14 résumé this past week, earning $8,815.

Exiting the GPI 300 this week are John Dibella, David Diaz, Alex Venovski, Santiago Nadal, Robert Suer, Trevor Pope, Guy Goossens, Jean-Noel Thorel, and Mike Linster.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
125Ryan D'Angelo2064.41162
129Calvin Anderson2049.6489
130Yngve Steen2043.46106
143Jeff Gross1995.48109
145Ilkin Savalan Amirov1984.75101
193Roberto Romanello1816.4682

After bubbling the final table of WPT Rolling Thunder, Ryan D'Angelo reached the final table of the WPT World Championship at Borgata. D'Angelo, who exited in fourth place ($363,930) and recorded three WPT cashes at the end of Season XII, rocketed up 162 spots to No. 125.

Calvin Anderson, who also cashed at WPT Rolling Thunder, climbed up 89 places to No. 129. Anderson finished runner-up in the FPS High Roller at the EPT Grand Final, earning $134,437.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
126Paul Berende2063.81-41
228Jae Kyung Sim1716.51-40
234Naoya Kihara1701.95-50
260Tom Alner1635.84-77
262Aaron Lim1633.68-68

No player fell further this week than Tom Alner. Alner only has one cash in 2014, and all of his cashes at the 2013 Asia Championship of Online Poker are now in Zone 2.

Aaron Lim and Naoya Kihara also plummeted in the ranks, falling 68 spots and 50 spots respectively. Lim's runner-up finish in the Season 9 EPT Berlin High Roller is now in Zone 3.

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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