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Global Poker Index: Daniel Negreanu Rejoins Player of the Year Race

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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 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.

During the 2014 World Series of Poker, the GPI will be releasing new lists twice each week to reflect the increased movement thanks to the many events being played. For a look at all of the lists, visit the official GPI website. Meanwhile, here at PokerNews we’ll continue updating you each week about changes happening both to the 2014 GPI Player of the Year rankings and to the overall GPI Top 300.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Alex Bilokur1041.37-
2Keven Stammen1000.51-
3Mustapha Kanit893.62-
4Ole Schemion803.06-
5Byron Kaverman786.34-
6Scott Seiver778.95-
7Calvin Anderson766.28-
8George Danzer727.34-
9Jason Mercier726.33-
10Daniel Negreanu721.37+17

Alex Bilokur kept his lead in the GPI Player of the Year race this week. The Russian businessman-turned-poker player has seized the lead away from Keven Stammen last week after winning the Event #28: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship.

Meanwhile, Daniel Negreanu has returned to the top 10 of the GPI POY. "Kid Poker" has seven cashes already at the World Series of Poker including a runner-up finish in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball event. After finishing second in last year's GPI POY standings to Ole Schemion, Negreanu will likely need to pick up a few more big cashes in Las Vegas to keep catch Bilokur and Stammen atop this year's standings.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Vanessa Selbst3942.10-
2Ole Schemion3899.59-
3Daniel Negreanu3683.13-
4Scott Seiver3570.08-
5Byron Kaverman3563.39-
6Dan Smith3407.77-
7Erik Seidel3398.53+1
8Philipp Gruissem3370.01-1
9Alex Bilokur3294.93+1
10Stephen Chidwick3274.81+1

There were very few changes in the GPI 300 this week. Last week, Vanessa Selbst became the first woman claim the #1 spot and she remained there this week. Schemion, Negreanu, Scott Seiver and Byron Kaverman rounded out the top five.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
181Kory Kilpatrick1908.88
218Kiryl Radzivonau1824.97
242Jake Schwartz1743.92
247Phil Laak1734.32
251Taylor Paur1726.77
281Ryan Olisar1662.09
287Sam Stein1644.79
290Robert Mizrachi1630.30
295Scott Davies1623.15
298Barny Boatman1616.84

Recent WSOP bracelet winner Kory Kilpatrick was among the 10 newcomers to the GPI 300 this week. Kilpatrick took down the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout on Jne 7 for $254,89, and followed that up with a third-place finish in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event on June 20.

Phil Laak also enters the GPI300 after finishing sixth at that same pot-limit Omaha table. Laak has four cashes at this year's WSOP — his most ever.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
169Brian Rast1932.66+116
138Scott Baumstein] 2348.95+79
196Shaun Suller1943.54+76
239Greg Mueller1893.72+61
199Daniel Kelly1782.72+56

Brian Rast doesn't travel the tournament circuit throughout the year, so when the WSOP rolls around he usually climbs back into the GPI 300. Rast has four cashes at the 2014 WSOP, his best result coming in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball event (4th).

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
259Jonathan Turner1743.36-67
275Timo Pfutzenreuter1739.54-56
186Niall Farrell1725.32-49
265Naoya Kihara1796.46-49
300Zo Karim1736.53-46

Jon Turner had three WSOP final table results age into older periods this week, resulting in a huge drop in his GPI score. The man known a "PearlJammer" has yet four cashes in Vegas this summer but zero final table appearances.

Also falling this week was Niall Farrell, whose runner-up finish in a $3,000 NLHE event last summer aged into Period 3 this week.

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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