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Global Poker Index: Daniel Colman Grabs Player of the Year Lead, Steve O’Dwyer Surges Back

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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
1Daniel Colman4141.91+1
2Dan Smith3839.04-1
3Davidi Kitai3653.96+3
4Mustapha Kanit3567.62-1
5Jason Mercier3545.77-1
6Ami Barer3516.83+6
7Scott Seiver3480.86-2
8Ole Schemion3395.94-1
9Jacob Schindler3384.02-1
10Keven Stammen3278.36-1

There is a new leader atop the 2014 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race as we enter the last two months of the year. Daniel Colman has finally ended the nine-week reign of Dan Smith to take over the top spot in the POY standings. A seventh-place finish for Colman in the HK$500,000 buy-in Asia Championship of Poker Super High Roller earned him the needed points to pass Smith this week.

Colman earned 321.14 GPI points for finishing seventh in the 52-entry event won by Steve O’Dwyer. He also picked up another big payday of HK$2,900,000, worth about $373,932 USD. That ups Colman’s total live tournament earnings for 2014 to nearly $22.4 million.

Colman currently ranks third on the the all-time money list with $22,894,190 behind recent Poker Hall of Fame inductee Daniel Negreanu ($29,796,381) and Antonio Esfandiari ($26,252,746).

Here is a full rundown of all of Colman’s cashes during his amazing 2014:

EventBuy-InEntriesFinishPrize (USD)
PCA High Roller (Jan.)$25,50019827th$59,300
EPT Grand Final Super High Roller (Apr.)€100,000501st$2,127,398
EPT Grand Final, Turbo 6-Max. (May)€10,300635th$68,526
WSOP NLHE Heads-Up (June)$10,0001363rd$111,942
WSOP NLHE (June)$5,00069619th$22,309
WSOP $1 Million Big One for One Drop (June)$1,000,000421st$15,306,668
Aria Super High Roller (July)$100,000303rd$796,821
EPT Barcelona Super High Roller (Aug.)€50,000772nd$1,118,479
$10 Million Guarantee Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (Aug.)$5,3001,4991st$1,446,710
WPT Alpha8 London (Oct.)£60,000231st$957,396
ACOP Super High Roller (Nov.)HK$500,000527th$373,932
Total   $22,389,481

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Dan Smith4178.40-
2Jason Mercier3814.33-
3Scott Seiver3718.11-
4Davidi Kitai3697.63+1
5Olivier Busquet3510.06+1
6Ole Schemion3444.44-2
7Daniel Negreanu3397.44+1
8Byron Kaverman3295.01-1
9Paul Volpe3226.44+2
10Jonathan Duhamel3206.96-2

Meanwhile Smith retained first position in the overall GPI rankings, marking his 11th-straight week as the overall leader.

Davidi Kitai moved up in to third in the POY race this week, and he also has nudged ahead into fourth position on the overall list after finishing eighth and cashing in that same ACOP Super High Roller event. Paul Volpe moves back inside the top 10 this week to No. 9, taking the spot vacated by by Stephen Chidwick who is No. 11 this week.

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Global Poker Index: Daniel Colman Grabs Player of the Year Lead, Steve O’Dwyer Surges Back 101
Steve O’Dwyer

RankPlayerTotal Score
98Steve O’Dwyer2284.51
257Joey Weissman1709.91
275Louis Salter1681.19
287Fabian Ortiz1662.11
297Vlado Banicevic1637.85
298Bryan Campanello1635.68
299Sylvain Loosli1626.28
300Martin Staszko1625.11

Just two weeks ago we were reporting how Steve O’Dwyer had slipped out of the GPI Top 300 for the first time since the rankings began in early 2011. His victory in the HK$500,000 ACOP Super High Roller rectified that situation that in a hurry, vaulting him all of the way from No. 313 to No. 98 this week.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
98Steve O’Dwyer2284.51+215
275Louis Salter1681.19+156
287Fabian Ortiz1662.11+152
297Vlado Banicevic1637.85+120
257Joey Weissman1709.91+94

No surprise, then, that O’Dwyer’s big jump marked the biggest gain of the week among the current Top 300. Among the other big movers who joined the Top 300 this week, a third-place finish in the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final High Roller in Lima, Peru helped Fabian Ortiz move from No. 439 to No. 287.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
246Paul Berende1727.97-65
195Jan Bendik1886.72-61
260Tom Koral1708.07-45
236John Juanda1746.75-38
281Ankush Mandavia1666.89-37

Finally among the players falling the furthest this week while retaining spots inside the Top 300, Paul Berende took the biggest dip from No. 181 to No. 246.

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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