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GPI WSOP Player of the Year: Mike Gorodinsky Takes the Lead as the Main Event Looms

Mike Gorodinsky

Last month, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the Global Poker Index (GPI) announced a partnership in which the GPI would "tabulate, power, and sponsor" the WSOP Player of the Year award. The race will last over the course of 74 events at the WSOP and WSOP Europe (Oct. 8-24 in Berlin, Germany).

To this point in the WSOP, 57 events have been completed and now leading the way is Mike Gorodinsky. He already had second and third place finishes in big buy-in events, and catapulted into the lead after he added a win in Event #44: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship for $1,270,086. Meanwhile, Phil Hellmuth joined the top 10 for the first time following his sixth-place showing in Event #58: $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP for $696,821.

GPI WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 (as of June 30)

PlacePlayerTotal Score
1Mike Gorodinsky1,771.21
2Paul Volpe1,631.59
3Brian Hastings1,564.60
4Stephen Chidwick1,541.79
5Shaun Deeb1,434.14
6Jason Mercier1,430.57
7Olivier Busquet1,395.66
8Byron Kaverman1,387.42
9Phil Hellmuth1,349.26
10Mark Radoja1,339.68

Below is a breakdown of each player's WSOP cashes and POY points received per event. Events in bold are recent additions from the past week of events.

1. Mike Gorodinsky — 1,771.21

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #44: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship1 of 84$1,270,086531.13
Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed3 of 550$246,867407.96
Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship2 of 103$167,517390.52
Event #27: $10,000 Stud Championship9 of 91$23,463229.23
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em28 of 422$11,523212.37

2. Paul Volpe — 1,631.59

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #10: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship2 of 143$206,620423.03
Event #15: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship2 of 143$197,048412.05
Event #37: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship6 of 259$89,334373.03
Event #7: $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship12 of 109$22,110218.61
Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed36 of 493$11,515204.87

3. Brian Hastings — 1,564.60

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #27: $10,000 Stud Championship1 of 91$239,518446.92
Event #58: $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller for ONE DROP11 of 135$332,593 300.56
Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix Six-Handed1 of 380$133,403250.46
Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed7 of 319$21,684240.46
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em29 of 422$11,523209.62
Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed104 of 1,651$3,610116.57

4. Stephen Chidwick — 1,541.79

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #41: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Championship2 of 111$180,529397.93
Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed13 of 1,043$23,918276.07
Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship7 of 103$38,447266.40
Event #56: $5,00 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo36 of 454$12,376198.41
Event #22: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em14 of 1,951$14,391148.11
Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout48 of 1,000$5,413128.03
Event #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em137 of 1,244$4,414126.83

5. Shaun Deeb — 1,434.14

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship 8 of 387$85,306384.32
Event #15: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship1 of 128$318,857480.73
Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed22 of 493$16,219243.42
Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship9 of 103$26,557241.50
Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em130 of 2,150$2,41084.17

6. Jason Mercier — 1,430.57

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship 2 of 387$572,989521.67
Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed1 of 550$633,357493.96
Event #44: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship7 of 84$139,265297.87
Event #6: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Hyper Turbo29 of 1,436$6,319117.07

7. Olivier Busquet — 1,395.66

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #37: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship8 of 259$65,125344.53
Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Millionaire Maker3 of 7,275$589,569328.61
Event #10: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship12 of 143$26,490245.51
Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed32 of 493$13,578214.09
Event #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em50 of 1,655$7,283147.55
Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed107 of 1,651$3,610115.37

8. Byron Kaverman — 1,387.42

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #37: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship1 of 259$657,351550.56
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em9 of 422$37,030301.22
Event #58: $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller for ONE DROP12 of 135$332,593 290.13
Event #10: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship12 of 143$26,490245.51

9. Phil Hellmuth — 1,349.26

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship1 of 103$271,105459.20
Event #58: $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller for ONE DROP6 of 135$696,821373.22
Event #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em16 of 1,244$20,263250.28
Event #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.31 of 772$5,388135.56
Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix Six-Handed17 of 380$5,360131.00

10.Mark Radoja — 1,339.68

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #37: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship12 of 259$36,275304.36
Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed39 of 493$11,515198.60
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em36 of 422$11,523192.69
Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Millionaire Maker146 of 7,275$8,151164.80
Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout48 of 1,000$5,413128.03
Event #42: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Extended Play94 of 1,914$3,927127.07
Event #6: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Hyper Turbo62 of 1,436$3,89094.27
Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em110 of 2,150$2,41089.18
Event #55: $1,500 DraftKings 50.50 No-Limit Hold'em428 of 1,123$1,00040.67

*Numbers obtained from the Global Poker Index.

To view the GPI WSOP Player of the Year, 2015 GPI 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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