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Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Overtakes Dan Smith for Top Spot in GPI 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.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Alex Bilokur1071.07-
2Keven Stammen1001.05-
3Dan Smith967.99-
4Scott Seiver953.71-
5Ole Schemion951.60-
6Daniel Negreanu946.18-
7Mustapha Kanit940.52-
8Byron Kaverman923.71-
9Jacob Schindler921.97-
10Matt Glantz896.51-

There were no changes in the GPI POY Top 10 this week, meaning Alex Bilokur is still at the top of the leaderboard. The tournament circuit has been quiet since the World Series of Poker came to a close last month, but the major tours are launching new seasons this month and poker pros all over the world are eager to get back into their routine.

One player who did make a big leap this week was Brian Hastings, who finished 13th in the recent Florida State Poker Championships. Hastings climbed 48 spots to No. 71 in the POY standings.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Ole Schemion3997.14+1
2Dan Smith3907.01-1
3Daniel Negreanu3765.82-
4Scott Seiver3580.88+6
5Byron Kaverman3497.08-1
6Jason Mercier3494.93+2
7Paul Volpe3460.52-2
8Erik Seidel3417.23-2
9Alex Bilokur3385.89-2
10Martin Jacobson3264.77+6

Dan Smith’s reign at the top of the GPI 300 didn’t last long. Ole Schemion is back at No. 1, edging Smith by only 90 points going into the second half of the year. Both have enjoyed large success on the EPT in the past and will likely be fixtures on the tour again when it kicks off in Barcelona this month.

Scott Seiver climbed six spots to No. 4 in the GPI 300 this week. He hasn’t cashed since the WSOP but his GPI score has remained steady while others like Byron Kaverman, Erik Siedel and Bilokur dropped.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
273Michael Tureniec1672.54
276Barny Boatman1665.65
286Ankush Mandavia1639.65
287William Chao1636.31
291Chris DeMaci1624.98
293Kevin Iacofano1620.70
294Tom Dobrilovic1620.58
295Artem Litvinov1619.85
297Jake Cody1618.90
295Marko Neumann1617.69
300Robin Ylitalo1616.04

There were 12 newcomers to the GPI Top 300 this week, including Jake Cody who returns after taking a short hiatus from the game last year following the birth of his first child. Cody recently finished second in the Florida State Poker Championships for $76,960.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
186Pierre Neuville1890.93+64
175James Calderaro1927.54+59
190Rhys Jones1886.46+58
90Alexander Kravchenko2305.01+50
113Christian Harder2189.36+50

Christian Harder added another title to his poker achievements last week when he won the 2014 Live Summer Series of Poker in his home state of Maryland for $85,270. Harder, who eclipsed $3 million in live tournament earnings with that cash, climbed 50 spots to No. 113 in the GPI 300.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
206Yann Dion1841.61-105
246Sergio Aido1738.59-89
229Rasmus Agerskov Larsen1770.66-58
183Kitty Kuo1898.96-46
289Oleksii Khoroshenin11629.94-43

Yann Dion took a massive plunge down the leaderboard this week. Dion has several scores age into lower-scoring GPI periods, including a seventh-place finish in the 2013 PCA Main Event.

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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