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Global Poker Index: Ramin Hajiyev, Jonathan Karamalikis Early 2015 POY Leaders

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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.

2015 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI Score
1Ramin Hajiyev976.39
2Jonathan Karamalikis961.39
3Nicholas Petrangelo931.97
4Jose Carlos Garcia826.11
5Walter Fisher772.02
6Bryn Kenney753.74
7Joe Kuether730.91
8Scott Seiver730.68
9Jonathan Little703.15
10Thomas Muehloecker688.70

And they’re off! A new year has begun, and with it a brand new Global Poker Index Player of the Year race in which results from the recently completed PokerStars Caribbean Adventure have predictably been reflected in the early rankings.

Early POY leader Ramin Hajiyev (pictured above) cashed four times at the PCA, making two final tables while also cashing in both the LAPT Bahamas Main Event and the $25,000 High Roller. Jonathan Karamalikis likewise earned four PCA cashes to sit in second position this week, making at least the last three tables of tournaments in each instance.

Meanwhile Nicholas Petrangelo is in third position in the POY race this week after winning one PCA side event (the $5,300 Turbo 8-Handed NLHE event) and final-tabling the $25K High Roller where he finished sixth. Other $25K High Roller final tablists Joe Kuether (who finished second) and Scott Seiver (who finished fifth) also found spots in this week’s top ten.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Ole Schemion4072.06-
2Bryn Kenney3620.26+3
3Pratyush Buddiga3578.34-1
4Davidi Kitai3549.56-1
5Jason Mercier3525.98+6
6Dan Smith3479.26-2
7Scott Seiver3410.94+18
8Ami Barer3367.21-1
9Jonathan Duhamel3346.23+7
10Sorel Mizzi3345.22-4

Turning to the overall GPI rankings, Ole Schemion remains on top for a fifth-straight week with a fairly comfortable lead (at the moment) over a chase pack currently headed by Bryn Kenney. Kenney enjoyed two big finishes at the PCA, taking third in the $100,000 Super High Roller and 11th in the $25K High Roller. Scott Seiver likewise made a big move back into the overall top 10 on the strength of his having final-tabled both of those events.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
78Nicholas Petrangelo2443.11
188David Tuthill1841.28
224Jeff Gross1745.07
250Lee Markholt1653.48
261Benjamin Zamani1624.48
279Corrie Wunstel1576.99
299NiPun Java1537.22

There are just seven newcomers to the GPI Top 300 this week, with the aforementioned Nicholas Petrangelo making the biggest jump all of the way up into the top 100. While Petrangelo’s strong PCA performances helped his ranking considerably, it should be noted that his GPI status was boosted even further thanks to the fact that some of his earlier cashes had been split into two profiles and a correction was made.

David Tuthill earned big points by winning the $2,650 buy-in Million Dollar Heater Main Event at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Biloxi last week where he topped a field of 195 to win $165,000. Benjamin Zamani finished third in that same event while also cashing in a WSOP Circuit event, and Corrie Wunstel also cashed in that tournament plus two others in Biloxi.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
250Lee Markholt1653.48+264
261Benjamin Zamani1624.48+221
279Corrie Wunstel1576.99+138
119Oleksii Khoroshenin2151.69+137
108Chance Kornuth2230.80+126

We’re leaving Petrangelo off the “Biggest Gains” tally as his big jump was partly caused by the correction noted above. Meanwhile among the others making big moves this week was Chance Kornuth whose third-place finish in the $10,000 PCA Main Event helped him improve from No. 234 to No. 108 — a career-best ranking for the Colorado-based player.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
166Kiryl Radzivonau1884.61-42
213Liv Boeree1755.16-37
220Mickey Petersen1749.77-31
270Omar Lakhdari1596.24-29
217Aaron Lim1751.24-26

Finally Kiryl Radzivonau of Belarus slipped the furthest of those retaining their spots within the top 300 this week, tumbling from No. 124 to No. 166.

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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