Global Poker Index: Daniel Colman Ends 2014 POY Race on Top; Schemion Overall Leader

Daniel Colman

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 (from 12/17/14)
1Daniel Colman4141.91-
2Ole Schemion4125.391
3Davidi Kitai4096.10-1
4Ami Barer3873.15-
5Dan Smith3839.04-
6Mustapha Kanit3656.31-
7Jacob Schindler3604.15+4
8Keven Stammen3591.38+7
9Jason Mercier3545.77-2
10Scott Seiver3480.86-2

Daniel Colman capped a remarkable year full of tournament triumphs to finish atop the rankings for the 2014 Global Poker Index Player of the Year. Colman took over the top spot in the POY race in early November, moving ahead of Dan Smith who had led for the previous nine weeks, then the Massachusetts native remained in first position despite several late challenges from others in December.

Three cashes in Prague including a final-table finish of sixth at the EPT Prague High Roller enabled 2013 GPI Player of the Year Ole Schemion to edge within just a few points of Colman on the final POY list of the year, with the German barely missing picking up a second-straight POY title. Schemion was the only player from the top 10 of the 2013 GPI POY race to make it back to the top 10 in 2014.

That late run was enough to help Schemion edge ahead of the Belgian Davidi Kitai to earn the honors as the 2014 GPI European Poker Player of the Year. Kitai also had gained points in Prague, including just missing the final table in the Main Event where he finished 10th. Meanwhile Jacob Schindler and Keven Stammen managed late-December upward moves to claim spots inside the top 10 in the 2014 POY race.

Here's an overview of the many deep finishes and victories that gave Colman the points needed to be ranked first in the last GPI POY chart of 2014:

EventBuy-InEntriesFinishPrize (USD)GPI POY pts.
PCA High Roller (Jan.)$25,50019827th$59,300265.34
EPT Grand Final Super High Roller (Apr.)€100,000501st$2,127,398494.73
EPT Grand Final, Turbo 6-Max. (May)€10,300635th$68,526278.16
WSOP NLHE Heads-Up (June)$10,0001363rd$111,942377.89
WSOP NLHE (June)$5,00069619th$22,309281.89
WSOP $1 Million Big One for One Drop (June)$1,000,000421st$15,306,668448.04
Aria Super High Roller (July)$100,000303rd$796,821276.02
EPT Barcelona Super High Roller (Aug.)€50,000772nd$1,118,479437.61
$10 Million Guarantee Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (Aug.)$5,3001,4991st$1,446,710585.23
WPT Alpha8 London (Oct.)£60,000231st$957,396375.86
ACOP Super High Roller (Nov.)HK$500,000527th$373,932321.14
Total   $22,389,4814,141.91

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange (from 12/17/14)
1Ole Schemion4130.47+1
2Dan Smith3755.56-1
3Davidi Kitai3571.77-
4Ami Barer3490.07-
5Daniel Colman3435.80+13
6Pratyush Buddiga3371.01+2
7Jacob Schindler3310.40+2
8Bryn Kenney3288.10+8
9Martin Jacobson3193.94+10
10Joseph Cheong3192.85+18

While Schemion came up shy of grabbing the 2014 POY lead before the year ended, he did manage to oust Dan Smith from the top spot of the overall GPI rankings on 12/24/14, thereby ending Smith's 17-week run as the overall leader to begin 2015 as the top-ranked tournament player in the world. Schmion is no stranger to the position, having led the overall GPI for a total of 21 weeks during 2014.

Colman ends 2014 having edged up into the overall top 10 as well, moving up to No. 5 to start the new year. Bryn Kenney, Martin Jacobson, and Joseph Cheong also all managed to find spots in the overall top 10 to begin 2015.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
256Jonas Mackoff1670.63
273Michael Linster1629.06
275Stuart Rutter1627.64
283Oleksii Khoroshenin1612.73
284Greg Merson1609.39
285Lasse Frost1606.14
287Onur Unsal1602.67
289Ben Vinson1599.77
291Igor Yaroshevsky1597.27
292Andrey Konopelko1594.09
294Eric Baldwin1588.79
295Paul Nunes1588.67
297Eric Blair1588.45
298Dean Blatt1587.01
299Ronit Chamani1584.60

Looking down at the other end of the rankings, there were 15 players who moved up into the list during the final week of the year to start 2015 among the overall GPI Top 300. That follows a week which saw 19 newcomers joining the top 300 (on 12/24/14), including dramatic moves by Brett Shaffer (from No. 643 to No. 260) and Stephen Graner (from No. 596 to No. 206).

Shaffer slipped back to No. 296 this week, but the two-time WSOP bracelet winner enjoyed his big move the week before following a third-place finish in the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Meanwhile Graner (who sits in No. 193 this week), catapulted upwards following his big win in the EPT Prague Main Event where he topped a 1,107-entry field to win €969,000 (worth about $1.2 million USD).

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange (from 12/24/14)
275Stuart Rutter1627.64+83
273Michael Linster1629.06+49
256Jonas Mackoff1670.63+47
292Andrey Konopelko1594.09+46
213Timothy Miles1776.74+42

While Shaffer and Graner were the biggest gainers the week before, the final week of 2014 saw less dramatic moves with Stuart Rutter’s move from No. 358 to No. 275 representing the most significant advance of the week.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange (from 12/24/14)
265Michael Tureniec1647.36-73
143Ismael Bojang2025.72-64
146Dylan Linde1992.63-60
130Jason Koon2074.38-55
250Maria Ho1680.44-50

Finally, Michael Tureniec endured the biggest final-week slide of the year among those retaining spots inside the GPI Top 300, slipping from No. 192 to No. 265.

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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