Global Poker Index: McDonald Rejoins top 10, Fantasy Poker Manager for WSOP

Global Poker Index

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 Stammen893.30-
2Ole Schemion803.21-
3Alex Bilokur800.07-
4Scott Seiver633.26-
5Shyam Srinivasan626.96-
6Mike McDonald608.20-
7Byron Kaverman600.23-
8Ami Barer594.74-
9Dan Heimiller588.532
10Alexander Denisov581.06-1

Dan Heimiller rejoins the top 10 of the Player of the Year race, climbing two spots to No. 9. Heimiller finished 61st in the Heartland Poker Tour California State Poker Championship, his 21st cash of 2014.

Jeff Madsen, winner of the California State Poker Championship, is right outside of the top 10 at No. 11. He moved up 13 spots after the victory, and added $160,060 to his pocket.

Keven Stammen remains atop of the POY race with nearly 900 points, while 2013 GPI POY Ole Schemion is 90 points behind him in second place.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Ole Schemion3971.85-
2Scott Seiver3710.41-
3Byron Kaverman3450.701
4Vanessa Selbst3427.991
5Marvin Rettenmaier3366.521
6Philipp Gruissem3360.90-3
7Dan Smith3339.95-
8Stephen Chidwick3282.26-
9Mike McDonald3241.527
10Jason Mercier3222.40-1

Mike McDonald is back in the top 10 of the GPI 300, moving up seven places to No. 9. The man named "Timex" has only cashed twice since the Aussie Millions, but three of his first four cashes were for over a million dollars.

Within the top 10, Philipp Gruissem dropped down three spots to No. 6. The German's score will continue to fall, as his score in the GuangDong Asia Millions falls into Zone 3 in a few weeks. Marvin Rettenmaier, Vanessa Selbst, and Byron Kaverman all benefitted from the slide, moving up one spot each.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
265Jesse Yaginuma1644.09
270Mitchell Johnson1627.81
286Tom Dobrilovic1576.79
289Jake Cody1568.32
300Ryan Riess1544.03

2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess rejoins the GPI 300 at the very bottom of the list. Riess plans to play all of the no-limit hold'em events at the WSOP, including perhaps the $1 Million Big One for One Drop.

Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody recorded a mincash in the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event, finishing 180th for just under $3,000, and also returns to the GPI 300 at No. 289.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
104Eddy Sabat2191.5928
177Steve Watts1858.3343
218Nicolas Cardyn1757.7119
245George Lampert1693.5525
275Daniel Weinman1618.1821

Steve Watts makes the biggest jump this week, climbing up 43 spots to No. 177. Watts, like Cody, cashed in UKIPT Nottingham a few weeks after winning WPT National Marbella for $42,791.

Eddy Sabat and George Lampert also moved up more than 20 places. Sabat finished 21st in the California State Poker Championship, and Lampert cashed in the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's New Orleans Main Event.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
141Jonathan Roy2011.46-41
178Chino Rheem1855.80-51
204Nacho Barbero1794.79-44
231Rocco Palumbo1729.45-57
254Richard Lyndaker1670.58-55
261Miroslav Alilovic1647.86-37

Several big names fell this week, including Rocco Palumbo, Chino Rheem, and Nacho Barbero. Both Palumbo and Rheem went deep in the Season XI WPT World Championship - Rheem won it - and we are now a full year removed from the event, putting the scores in Zone 3.

Fantasy Poker Manager

The Global Poker Index announced changes to the Fantasy Poker Manager for the 2014 WSOP, including weekly events. Like last year, there will also be all-events leagues and Main Event leagues, but FPM managers will now have opportunities to win every week.

Every event counts - except for the Casino Employee's Event, sorry Chad Holloway - and the schedule looks like this:

LeagueEventsLineup DeadlineTime
All-Events LeagueAllSun., May 2511:59 p.m. PST
Week 1#2 to #10Tue., May 274:00PM PT
Week 2#11 to #22Mon., June 212:00 p.m. PST
Week 3#23 to #34Mon., June 912:00 p.m. PST
Week 4#35 to #46Mon., June 1612:00 p.m. PST
Week 5#47 to #57Mon., June 2312:00 p.m. PST
Week 6#58 to #65Mon., June 3012:00 p.m. PST
Main Event LeagueMain EventThur., July 1012:00 p.m. PST

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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