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Global Poker Index: Martin Jacobson Joins Overall Top 10, Daniel Colman Still Leads POY

Martin Jacobson

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

After pushing Dan Smith off the top spot in the 2014 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race last week, Daniel Colman retains first position for a second week in a row. Meanwhile Ami Barer leaps up four spots to sit in second at present after making a couple of final tables at the APPT 2014 Asia Championship of Poker in Macau, including taking fourth in the ACOP Main Event for HK$2,025,000 ($261,116 USD).

Anatoly Filatov also made a move this week to enter the top 10 at No. 8 after finishing seventh in the ACOP High Roller a few days ago.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Dan Smith4178.40-
2Jason Mercier3748.21-
3Scott Seiver3718.11-
4Davidi Kitai3667.57-
5Olivier Busquet3510.06-
6Byron Kaverman3427.21+2
7Ole Schemion3415.60-1
8Daniel Negreanu3404.71-1
9Martin Jacobson3398.21+4
10Ami Barer3372.78+5

There were no changes among the top five of the overall GPI rankings where Dan Smith leads for a 12th-straight week. Ami Barer’s good showing in Macau moved him up five spots into the No. 10 this week, while Martin Jacobson's triumph in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event pushed him up from No. 13 to No. 9.

Jacobson equals his previous peak ranking in the GPI as he had been at No. 9 once before (for one week back) in April 2012. He had dipped as low as No. 149 in October 2013 before climbing back over the last twelve months, not unlike he did with his chips when coming back to win the bracelet.

That Jacobson was the most seasoned live tournament player among the November Nine is shown by the GPI rankings, as he is the only Main Event final tablist within the current Top 300. The next-highest ranked players among the final nine are seventh-place finisher Dan Sindelar (No. 455), eighth-place finisher Bruno Politano (No. 545), and third-place finisher Jorryt van Hoof (No. 573).

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
204Michael Tureniec1847.47
274Tam Truong1673.82
275Oleksandr Gnatenko1672.59
277Michael Linster1669.62
284Giacomo Fundaro1657.24
298Aaron Lim1625.50
300James Calderaro1625.01

Seven players moved up into the GPI Top 300 this week, with Aaron Lim having catapulted all of the way from No. 574 to No. 276 after finishing fourth in the ACOP High Roller this week, thus building on his momentum after a couple of deep runs and cashes at the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific series in October.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
298Aaron Lim1625.50+276
120Fabian Quoss2181.18+171
204Michael Tureniec1847.47+154
277Michael Linster1669.62+118
185Isaac Haxton1932.60+92

Lim’s leap was the biggest of any of those in this week’s Top 300, with Fabian Quoss’s victory in the ACOP High Roller earning him a cash prize of HK$5,271,000 ($679,862 USD) and a big move from No. 291 up to No. 120 in the GPI rankings. Isaac Haxton also cashed in the ACOP High Roller (finishing 10th) to help him climp back up into the top 200.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
294Igor Kurganov1628.98-85
270Paul Tedeschi1683.56-60
214Steven Silverman1817.46-43
287Zachary Korik1653.77-46
282John Juanda1662.27-46

Finally among the players dropping the furthest this week while still staying inside the Top 300, Igor Kurganov tumbled the furthest, going from No. 209 to No. 294.

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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