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Global Poker Index: Colman and Smith Still in Front, Schemion Poised to Move Up

Daniel Colman and Dan Smith

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
1Daniel Colman4141.91-
2Ami Barer3873.15-
3Davidi Kitai3856.95-
4Dan Smith3839.04-
5Mustapha Kanit3567.62-
6Jason Mercier3545.77-
7Scott Seiver3480.86-
8Anatoly Filatov3409.34-
9Ole Schemion3395.94-
10Jacob Schindler3384.02-

For the second week running there was no movement among the top 10 in the 2014 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race, with Daniel Colman retaining the top spot for the fourth straight week.

Next week will certainly see more action in the standings, however, when 2013 GPI Player of the Year Ole Schemion picks up points for his exploits at the 2014 Master Classics of Poker at Holland Casino. Schemion has already finished second in the MCOP High Roller and sits among the current chip leaders in the Main Event. Click here for coverage of the MCOP Main Event from the PokerNews live reporting team.

Looking further down the POY standings, three players made decent-sized leaps to move up into the top 50 — Paul Volpe (from No. 63 to No. 41), Max Silver (from No. 78 to No. 48), and Dylan Wilkerson (from No. 88 to No. 49).

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Dan Smith4178.40-
2Scott Seiver3708.55-
3Jason Mercier3668.78-
4Davidi Kitai3667.57-
5Olivier Busquet3507.18-
6Byron Kaverman3430.23-
7Daniel Negreanu3412.75-
8Martin Jacobson3390.14-
9Ole Schemion3379.07-
10Ami Barer3364.22-

A quiet week for tournament poker also meant no changes among the top 10 in the overall GPI rankings this week, with Dan Smith now having been the top-ranked player in the world for 14 straight weeks.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
183Ben Warrington1926.68
207Ryan Olisar1840.44
249Ankush Mandavia1725.42
251Shaun Suller1715.40
272Joe Tehan1686.59
282Seth Berger1671.18
277Ben Palmer1676.52
281Patryk Slusarek1671.51
297John Dibella1638.09
300Darryll Fish1631.98

While the top of the GPI Top 300 was dormant the lower half saw a lot of activity this week with 10 players moving up enough to join the group.

A second-place finish in the Partypoker WPT UK Main Event at the Dusk Till Dawn club in Nottingham was enough to push Ben Warrington all of the way from No. 332 to No. 183 this week. A fifth-place by Patryk Slusarek in the same event helped move him up as well this week, while cashes at the recent Deepstack Extravaganza IV at the Venetian in Las Vegas enabled Ben Palmer, Ryan Olisar, and John Dibella to make upward moves as well.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
183Ben Warrington1926.68+149
277Ben Palmer1676.52+140
207Ryan Olisar1840.44+133
281Patryk Slusarek1671.51+124
155Tamer Kamel2042.78+110

Those aforementioned cashes helped determine the week’s biggest gainers, with Warrington having made the largest leap upward of those in this week’s list. Meanwhile taking third at that WPT Nottingham event helped Tamer Kamel make his jump from No. 265 to No. 155.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
210Athanasios Polychronopoulos1833.58-45
294Viet Van Vo1647.04-44
256Jesse Yaginuma1712.37-40
228Todd Terry1768.61-38
242Roger Hairabedian1749.07-37

Finally, of the 300 top-ranked tourney players in the world this week Athanasios Polychronopoulos took the biggest tumble, falling from No. 165 to No. 210.

To view 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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