Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise

Ole Schemion

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.

GPI Player of the Year

After crowning Ole Schemion as the best of 2014, the race for the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year has already begun, and we’ll be reporting the start of that race as soon as the first events of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure complete. Here is how the standings currently sit:

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Ole Schemion4141.38-
2 Davidi Kitai3494.28+1
3
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 101
Ami Barer3490.07+1
4 Daniel Colman3435.80+1
5 Dan Smith3415.07-3
6 Bryn Kenney3300.14+2
7 Jacob Schindler3278.27-
8 Pratyush Buddiga3275.84-2
9
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 102
Sorel Mizzi3144.18+4
10 Joseph Cheong3136.86-

The first week of the year saw a few small moves being made among players at the top of the overall GPI rankings, with Schemion retaining his spot as leader and Dan Smith slipping back to No. 5. Sorel Mizzi joins the top 10 this week by moving up to No. 9. Mizzi also carries the chip-lead to today's final table of the 2015 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller, and thus appears poised to move up even further depending on his finish today.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
272 Marcin Wydrowski1582.32
274 Fedor Holz1578.92
275 Richard Kirsch1576.29
277
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 103
Matt Jarvis1574.00
279 Nuri Hakan Demircioglu1571.66
287 Ilan Boujenah1560.62
288 Georgios Sotiropoulos1559.44
289 Madis Muur1557.70
292 Ondrej Vinklarek1553.87
293 Tim West1552.55
295
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 104
Sam Greenwood1548.10
296 Ian O’Hara1553.87
297 Sotirios Koutoupas1547.11
298 Juha Helppi1544.06
299 Max Altergott1543.32

Down at the other end of the GPI Top 300, there were some relatively small moves causing 15 players to lose their spots and 15 others to take their places, with none of the newcomers rising any higher than Marcin Wydrowski, who moved up to No. 272.

One third of our Canadian band of brothers, Sam Greenwood, who moved up to No. 295 this week, is also part of that final table of the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller, returning as the short stack among the final seven players. His career-high GPI rank came last June when he peaked at No. 165.

Vancouver-based 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) November Niner Matt Jarvis also swooped into the GPI Top 300 in No. 277 as a result of winning the $10,400 High Roller at the Playground Poker Fall Classic following World Poker Tour Montreal.

Biggest Gains

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
233 Stuart Rutter1666.29+42
190 Alexander Condon1770.88+36
139 Millard Hale1945.68+34
223
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 105
Jonas Mackoff1683.63+33
145 Anton Astapau1903.44+32

There weren’t any huge moves among those in this week’s Top 300, and thus the biggest gainers of the week saw only modest gains, relatively speaking. Another Vancouverite, Jonas Mackoff, made some gains after making three European final tables in the last few months of 2014.

Biggest Drops

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
284
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 106
Owen Crowe1564.13-97
256 Sergey Rybachenko1607.22-76
264 Salvatore Bonavena1597.56-70
225 Kevin Eyster1682.47-69
205
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 107
Matt Marafioti1735.77-66

Finally, Owen Crowe slipped the most of those still in the GPI Top 300 this week, falling from No. 187 to No. 284. Matt Marafioti fell to No. 205 despite a ninth-place finish in the Playground Poker Fall Classic High Roller, but his five WSOP cashes from last summer passed the six-month mark and are now degraded in value.

At the start of this new year, 2015, here are the 10 highest-ranked Canadians:

GPI Top 10 Canadians (the #EhTeam)

Rank PlayerTotal Score
3
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 108
Ami Barer3,490.07
9
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 109
Sorel Mizzi3,144.18
12
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 110
Mike McDonald2,995.75
16
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 111
Andrew Chen2,943.69
17
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 112
Mike Leah2,893.21
27
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 113
Jonathan Duhamel2,839.32
47
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 114
Daniel Negreanu2,627.41
65
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 115
Marc-Andre Ladouceur2,404.15
73
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 116
Max Greenwood2,339.51
79
Global Poker Index: Ole Schemion Begins Year on Top; Sorel Mizzi on the Rise 117
Yann Dion2,321.81

To view 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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