Global Poker Index: Jonathan Duhamel Rejoins Top 10 of GPI 300

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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.

For a look at both lists, visit the official GPI website.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Keven Stammen583.20--
2Dominik Panka544.01--
3Dan Heimiller542.80--
4Mike McDonald513.95--
5Jason Mercier489.04--
6Tom Hall445.15+2
7Ami Barer433.46-1
8Ronit Chamani431.81-1
9Alexander Denisov417.47+6
10James Calderaro408.38-1

Keven Stammen retained his lead atop the GPI Player of the Year rankings this week. Stammen already has 10 cashes in 2014 after picking up another one at the 2014 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown this week.

While there was no movement in the top five, Englishman Tom Hall climbed two spots to No. 6. Hall finished 9th out of 181 players in the Italian Poker Tour High Roller, giving him enough points to move past Ami Barer and Ronit Chamani in the GPI POY race.

Joining the top 10 this week was Russian pro Alexander Denisov, who finished 18th in the IPT Main Event. That marked Denisov's ninth cash of the year.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Daniel Negreanu3775.30--
2Vanessa Selbst3748.71--
3Ole Schemion3705.65--
4Marvin Rettenmaier3535.12--
5Jason Mercier3359.81--
6Mike McDonald3310.86--
7Shannon Shorr3260.41+3
8Jonathan Duhamel3255.50+3
9Dan Smith3243.55-1
10Joe Serock3209.63+2

One week after moving up five spots, Canadian poker powerhouse Jonathan Duhamel moved up three more positions to No. 8 in the GPI 300. Duhamel is coming off a 9th-place finish in the EPT Vienna High Roller for $54,938, and benefitted from a big drop by fellow-Canadian Sorel Mizzi to rejoin the top 10.

Mizzi fell 12 spots to No. 19 after his 3rd-place finish at the 2013 EPT High Roller aged into Period of the GPI formula. In addition, his title at the 2012 WPT Vienna High Roller aged into Period 5.

Also dropping out of the top 10 this week was Ravi Raghavan, who fell four spots to No. 13.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
275Chad Eveslage1570.34
276Steve Watts1569.27
278George Lampert1562.42
281Niall Farrell1555.22
291Alessandro Longobardi1539.16
299Tony Cousineau1532.91
300Flavien Guenan1529.25

Niall Farrell's recent win in the Full Tilt Online Poker Series Main Event for $236,000 obviously doesn't count toward his GPI score, but he still managed to return to the top 300 this week. Farrell also took down a live event last week, winning the CPT Spring Showdown $550 event for $20,700 in Calgary, Alberta.

Among the notables who exited the GPI this week were Barry Greenstein, Kevin Eyster, Kenny Hallaert and Frederik Jensen.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
217John Holley1714.24+48
220Kitty Kuo1705.00+43
183Jae Sim2197.28+42
188Zo Karim2344.47+39
62Adrian Mateos Diaz2391.82+35
75Justin Zaki2283.05+30
255Erick Lindgren1617.94+29
176Jakub Michalak1890.36+24
153Alexander Dovzhenko1888.80+24
165Ronit Chamani1852.43+22

John Holley surged up the charts this week. The Florida native notched a pair of cashes at the WSOP Circuit stop in St. Louis, adding to five other scores he's accrued over the first four months of the year.

Zo Karim also moved back into the top 200 after winning a side event at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
254Benjamin Spindler1619.10-93
141Mark Radoja1942.64-84
247Benjamin Hamnett1645.42-59
158Antonio Lafosse1868.66-58
201Daniel Laidlaw1753.97-56

Benny Spindler had two big scores age this week. His 6th-place finish in the WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event dropped into Period 3, and his victory in the EPT Sanremo €10,000 8-Max Event aged into Period 4.

Mark Radoja slipped 84 spots after his three cashes at the 2013 EPT/UKIPT London series aged into Period 2. One of those scores was a victory in a €5,000 six-max tournament for €48,450.

To view at 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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