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Global Poker Index: Urbanovich, Seiver on Top; Kanit Joins Top 10; Mortensen Back in GPI

Carlos Mortensen

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
1Dzmitry Urbanovich2900.87-
2Ivan Luca2662.47-
3Joe Kuether2545.91-
4Scott Seiver2427.46+8
5Connor Drinan2165.00-1
6Nicholas Petrangelo2152.17-1
7Vladimir Dobrovolskiy1902.56-1
8David Tuthill1854.54+7
9Steve O’Dwyer1814.48-2
10Thomas Muehlocker1769.72+6

Dzmitry Urbanovich continues to hang on to the top spot in the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race — his seventh week at No. 1 — having picked up a big boost points-wise this week thanks to his runner-up showing in the European Poker Tour Grand Final €100K Super High Roller won by Erik Seidel. Good thing, too, for Urbanovich, as others earning EPT Grand Final scores are charging hard up the POY leadboard.

Scott Seiver moved up from No. 12 to No. 4 this week after having final tabled both the €100K Super High Roller and the €50K Super High Roller in Monaco, then he followed that with a victory in another side event, the eight-handed €5,000 pot-limit Omaha. Thomas Muehlocker has also joined the top 10 this week, going from No. 16 to No. 10 after also final-tabling the €100K SHR.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Scott Seiver3917.95-
2Davidi Kitai3823.02+1
3Ole Schemion3681.56-1
4Byron Kaverman3570.17+1
5Jason Mercier3549.54+2
6Bryn Kenney3532.13-2
7Stephen Chidwick3482.96-1
8Pratyush Buddiga3440.06-4
9Sorel Mizzi3429.30-
10Mustapha Kanit3326.39+19

Having interrupted Ole Schemion’s record 18-straight week run atop the overal GPI rankings last week, Scott Seiver enjoys a second week on top after a relatively quiet week at the top of the leaderboard, though with lots of big movement happening down below as results keep piling up in Monte Carlo.

Davidi Kitai has edged upward into the No. 2 position, bringing him one spot closer to realizing one of his goals to top the GPI. Meanwhile Mustapaha Kanit has leaped all of the way from No. 29 to No. 10 on the heels of his big victory in the EPT Grand Final €50K Super High Roller — the highest ever career ranking for the player known online as “lasagnammmm.”

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
179Tim West1902.37
194Dermot Blain1867.09
204Max Altergott1847.40
207Brock Parker1837.18
243Rumen Nanev1699.48
257Ihar Soika1661.45
273Carlos Mortensen1620.43
276Matias Ruzzi1612.74
288Ben Warrington1573.66
289Alexander Rocha1572.30
290Yury Gulyy1572.10

There are 11 newcomers to the GPI Top 300 this week, with Tim West the highest-ranked among them at No. 179 this week. Carlos Mortensen also rejoins the list after his strong showing at the World Poker Tour World Championship where he finished fourth.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
273Carlos Mortensen1620.43+301
179Tim West1902.37+220
207John Parker1837.18+156
204Max Altergott1847.40+147
194Dermot Blain1867.09+143

Mortensen’s WPT showing made him the biggest gainer of anyone in the Top 300 this week after moving all of the way from No. 574 to No. 273, his first time back in the Top 300 since the first week of 2014. Mortensen’s highest GPI ranking previously was No. 18 back in late summer 2011.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
275Philipp Gruissem1618.04-81
287Vitaly Lunkin1574.13-60
150Alex Bilokur2003.94-51
256Benny Spindler1666.23-51
231Louis Salter1747.92-49

Finally Philipp Gruissem endured the biggest drop of those still within the Top 300 this week, his second straight week on this list after his triumphs at the EPT Grand Final a year ago — where he won the €25K High Roller — become more than a year old and thus worth fewer points. Gruissem will turn things around soon, though, after winning a €5K side event in Monaco this week.

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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