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Global Poker Index: Schemion Still Overall Leader, Muehloecker Moves Ahead in 2015 POY

Thomas Muehloecker

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.

2015 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI Score
1Thomas Muehloecker1052.51
2Atanas Kavrakov1010.03
3Ramin Hajiyev976.39
4Jonathan Karamalikis961.39
5Nicholas Petrangelo931.97
6Pratyush Buddiga900.72
7Steve O'Dwyer844.17
8Jose Carlos Garcia826.11
9Walter Fisher772.02
10Bryn Kenney753.74

It is still only the first month of the year, and as players earn their initial 2015 POY points the rankings should be fairly volatile until the frontrunners establish themselves. This week the Austrian Thomas Muehloecker (pictured) jumped to an early lead in the POY race after picking up two strong cashes at the 2015 Aussie Millions including a fifth-place finish in the $25,000 Challenge.

Moving up just behind Muehloecker into second position this week is Atanas Kavrakov of Bulgaria who earned five cashes at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Other big movers include Pratyush Buddiga who after final-tabling the PCA Main Event (finishing seventh) flew down to Melbourne to take third in the Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge. PCA $100,000 Super High Roller winner Steve O'Dwyer also made the same trip, with a $25,000 Challenge final table seat also a destination for him as he took sixth in that event.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Ole Schemion4072.06-
2Pratyush Buddiga3800.66-1
3Bryn Kenney3616.71+3
4Davidi Kitai3549.56-1
5Jason Mercier3525.98+6
6Dan Smith3479.26-2
7Stephen Chidwick3458.71-4
8Scott Seiver3410.94+18
9Ami Barer3367.21-1
10Jonathan Duhamel3346.23+7

The overall GPI rankings were comparatively stable this week with Ole Schemion retaining the top spot for a sixth-straight week. After cashing in the PCA Main Event a couple of weeks ago, Schemion is looking to add to his lead this week as he will carry the chip lead to the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge eight-handed final table today. Be sure to follow the updates of that one here at PokerNews.

Buddiga bumped back up to No. 2 this week thanks to his Aussie Millions score. And Stephen Chidwick moved up from No. 14 to No. 7 after he took fourth place in that aforementioned $25,000 Challenge in Melbourne.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
140Tobias Reinkemeier2000.19
268Timur Margolin1606.82
275Gerald Karlic1592.71
278Maria Ho1586.39
281Marco Della Tommasino1580.83
285Jesse Cohen1576.69
287Joao Simao1574.48
294Boris Yanpolskiy1565.08
300Ronit Chamani1552.40

There are nine newcomers this week joining the overall GPI Top 300 with Tobias Reinkemeier jumping up the highest after finishing runner-up in that same Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge. Among the players whose spots were claimed were Max Altergott (No. 305 this week), Chris Hunichen (No. 308), and Nacho Barbero (No. 310).

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
294Boris Yanpolskiy1565.08+238
140Tobias Reinkemeier2000.19+178
268Timur Margolin1606.82+164
287Joao Simao1574.48+104
181Paul Tedeschi1856.01+83

That move made Reinkemeier one of the biggest gainers among those in the Top 300 this week, his jump only exceeded by that of Boris Yanpolskiy who surged from No. 532 up to No. 294 after picking up three cashes during the partypoker World Poker Tour Merit Classic North Cyprus series including an eighth in the Main Event, a third in another side event, and a victory in another.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
240David Paredes1697.46-47
197Anthony Ruberto1802.98-39
176Brian Hastings1881.99-37
229Alexander Kumin1730.50-29
276Ihar Soika1591.29-28

Finally David Paredes dropped the furthest among those remaining in the GPI Top 300 this week, slipping from No. 193 to No. 240 after his second-place finish at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship early last year became more than 12 months old to enter a third scoring period.

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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