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Global Poker Index: Selbst Ascending, Hellmuth Back in Top 300

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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.

For a look at both lists, visit the official GPI website.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Keven Stammen893.30-
2Ole Schemion803.21-
3Alex Bilokur800.07-
4Scott Seiver633.26-
5Shyam Srinivasan626.96-
6Vanessa Selbst619.7637
7Mukul Pahuja611.146
8Mike McDonald608.20-2
9Byron Kaverman600.23-2
10Ami Barer594.74-2

With the 2014 World Series of Poker in full swing, there will be a lot of movement all summer in the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race as the 65 different bracelet events play out. The top five stayed the same this week with Keven Stammen still the pace-setter, but there was movement below including just a few spots down within the top 10.

Vanessa Selbst made a big move up after kicking off the WSOP with her win in Event #2: $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em. The victory catapulted her from No. 43 a week ago to sixth this week, with Mukul Pahuja also edging into the top 10 from No. 13 after final-tabling a pre-WSOP event at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. Those two pushed Dan Heimiller and Alexander Denisov just outside the top 10.

A bit further down the leaderboard, Quan Zhoe made a huge jump of nearly 300 places to No. 41 in the POY race after final-tabling two events at the City of Dreams at APPT Macau, including a runner-up finish in the HK$100,000 High Roller. Meanwhile Joseph Cheong moved from No. 289 to No. 74 this week on the strength of an early WSOP cash.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Ole Schemion3961.84-
2Vanessa Selbst3709.972
3Scott Seiver3705.90-1
4Byron Kaverman3425.69-1
5Philipp Gruissem3360.90-
6Dan Smith3339.95-
7Jason Mercier3291.132
8Jonathan Duhamel3268.70-1
9Stephen Chidwick3257.25-1
10Daniel Negreanu3222.403

Vanessa Selbst’s WSOP win likewise bumped her upwards in the overall GPI standings into second position behind the still-leading Ole Schemion. Meanwhile at the bottom of the top 10 Daniel Negreanu has claimed a spot, replacing Mike McDonald who is in 11th this week after enjoying a small relative gain.

Welcome to the GPI

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RankPlayerTotal Score
198Richard Lyndaker1804.68
226Phil Hellmuth1741.32
231Makoto Yoshimichi1725.59
247Matt Giannetti1695.43
253Kevin Iacofano1677.29
254George Danzer1675.04
255Chenxiang Miao1674.76
257Brian Green1662.44
258Jesse Yaginuma1659.15
273JJ Liu1629.68
281Lauri Pesonen1603.26
286Sean Winter1588.24
291Joshua Pollock1577.82
292Tom Alner1575.55
296Matt Berkey1570.88
297Brian Rast1570.10

Ready evidence of the effect the start of the WSOP will be having on the GPI rankings can be seen in the number of newcomers to the overall Top 300 this week. No less than 16 players jumped into the top 300, many doing so on the strength of WSOP finishes — with at least one big exception (see “Biggest Gains” below).

Of the group, Phil Hellmuth’s reappearance in the top 300 following his runner-up finish in Event #7: $1,500 Seven-Card Razz will perhaps most immediately catch the eye.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
273JJ Liu1629.68638
231Makoto Yoshimichi1725.59205
247Brian Green1662.43196
257George Danzer1675.04161
254Nick Schulman2424.88112

JJ Liu made the biggest leap of any of those newcomers in this week’s GPI Top 300, vaulting all of the way from No. 911 to No. 273. Liu’s jump came after both cashing in the APPT Macau Main Event and winning the High Roller there. That’s also where Makoto Yoshimichi picked up points as well after final tabling a HK$15,000 NLHE event.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
241Cary Katz1714.51-74
277Jakub Michalak1617.17-65
260David "Chino" Rheem1655.60-53
159Kevin MacPhee1928.03-50
293Chris Dombrowski1574.47-49

Among those falling the most while staying within the Top 300 this week were David "Chino" Rheem and Kevin MacPhee, while Cary Katz tumbled the most after moving from No. 167 to No. 241.

Fantasy Poker Manager

The Global Poker is having weekly events with its popular Fantasy Poker Manager for the 2014 WSOP, giving FPM managers opportunities to win every week.

Here’s the remaining schedule of weekly events with deadlines for entering:

LeagueEventsLineup DeadlineTime
Week 3No. 23 to No. 34Mon., June 912:00 p.m. PDT
Week 4No. 35 to No. 46Mon., June 1612:00 p.m. PDT
Week 5No. 47 to No. 57Mon., June 2312:00 p.m. PDT
Week 6No. 58 to No. 65Mon., June 3012:00 p.m. PDT
Main Event LeagueMain EventThur., July 1012:00 p.m. PDT

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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