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Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Overall Leader for 9th Week; Seiver Tops 2015 POY

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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 ScoreChange
1Scott Seiver1327.94-
2Ivan Luca1231.94-
3Ognyan Dimov1192.13-
4Davidi Kitai1154.14-
5Ramin Hajiyev1145.28-
6Joe Kuether1144.11+6
7Jonathan Karamalikis1101.37-1
8Alexander Trevallion1095.89-1
9Walter Fisher1092.17+23
10Vladimir Troyanovskiy1089.20-2

After several weeks’ worth of big moves up and down the rankings for those in the GPI Player of the Year race, things settled somewhat during a relatively quiet week on the tourney trail. The top five spots remained the same in this one from a week ago, with Scott Seiver leading the 2015 POY race for a third straight week.

Walter Fisher started the year well with three cashes at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure including one final table in a side event, a 12th-place finish in the LAPT Bahamas Main Event, and a 34th-place showing in the PCA Main Event. This week he added another deep run by taking ninth in the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship to jump all of the way from No. 32 to No. 9 in the POY rankings.

Looking just outside the top 10, Jared Jaffee finished right behind Fisher in 10th at the WPT Lucky Hearts, helping him jump from No. 47 to No. 14 this week. Meanwhile Raiden Kan final tabled three different events at the recently-concluded Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Perth stop to help him move from No. 33 to No. 17.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Ole Schemion4244.03-
2Scott Seiver3875.76-
3Pratyush Buddiga3792.40-
4Jason Mercier3712.46-
5Bryn Kenney3594.94-
6Davidi Kitai3551.22-
7Ami Barer3523.32-
8Stephen Chidwick3458.71-
9Jonathan Duhamel3346.73-
10Byron Kaverman3321.46+1

There was very little movement atop the GPI Top 300 this week, with the top nine positions remaining identical to a week ago and only Byron Kaverman swapping positions with Dan Smith to join the top 10 and nudge Smith down to No. 11, the first time Smith has been out of the top 10 since June 2014. Smith held the No. 1 position in the GPI rankings for 18 straight weeks from August to December last year.

Speaking of long streaks as GPI leader, Ole Schemion enjoys his ninth-straight week as the world’s No. 1 ranked tournament player, making this the longest stint ever at the top for the 22-year-old German.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
199Brian Altman1829.71
224Loni Harwood1758.35
241Aaron Lim1728.97
262Michael Wang1688.71
275Shawn Cunix1654.56
296Chad Eveslage1595.42
300Dean Blatt1593.28

A slow tournament week meant only seven new players moved up into the GPI Top 300, among them WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship winner Brian Altman who in addition to earning $723,008 for besting a field of 1,027 ascended from No. 428 to No. 199, Altman’s first time inside the GPI Top 300.

Among the other six players joining the Top 300 this week, five are making return visits, but another making his debut in the GPI Top 300 this week after cashing at the WPT Lucky Hearts is WPT Champions Club member Shawn Cunix who this week moves from No. 364 to No. 275.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
199Brian Altman1829.71+229
224Loni Harwood1758.35+152
275Shawn Cunix1654.56+89
118Mark Dube2185.68+83
157Stephen Graner1980.00+72

Altman’s WPT win unsurprisingly makes him the biggest gainer of the week among those in the GPI Top 300. Of that group World Series of Poker bracelet holder Loni Harwood made the second-biggest move upward this week, going from No. 428 to No. 229. Harwood’s latest score was a victory in the $2,500 Parx Casino Big Stax X Championship.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
284Jesse Cohen1619.34-68
256Rumen Nanev1700.89-67
178Sam Trickett1905.67-59
236Tyler Reiman1734.03-46
251Oleksandr Gnatenko1708.00-36

Finally it was Jesse Cohen slipping the furthest this week among those in the top 300 after dropping from No. 216 to No. 284.

To view both the 2015 Player of the Year and GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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