Global Poker Index: Ami Barer Climbs to No. 7 and Eric Afriat Joins Top 300
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
Scott Seiver finished the 2014 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race at No. 10, and as the second month of 2015 begins he has once more embarked on a challenge for POY honors, having moved up from No. 12 into first position this week. At the recently completed Aussie Millions, Seiver final tabled both the $100,000 Challenge (finishing third) and the $250,000 Challenge (finishing fourth), thereby putting some distance between himself and the chase pack at the moment.
Phil Ivey was the winner of that latter event, taking down the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for the third time in four years. That victory plus a 23rd-place finish in the Aussie Millions Main Event allowed Ivey to debut at No. 27 this week in the 2015 GPI POY rankings.
Looking back at the top 10, Alexander Trevallion jumped from No. 39 to No. 4 this week after also doing well in his native Australia where he won a $25,000 event and took 33rd in the Aussie Millions Main Event.
GPI 300 Top 10
Turning our attention to the overall GPI rankings, the same players remain in the top 10 spots from last week, albeit with a bit of shuffling among them.
Ole Schemion stays on top for a seventh-straight week, while Scott Seiver’s aforementioned successes in Australia carried him upward from No. 8 up to No. 2. Among the Canadians, Daniel Negreanu currently sits just outside the top 10 in No. 11, and Mike McDonald made a big move from No. 36 up to No. 13. Ami Barer also climbed from No. 9 to his new position as No. 7 due to a fantastic title defense attempt in the Aussie Millions Main Event where he finished 11th.
Welcome to the GPI Top 300
There are 15 newcomers in this week’s GPI Top 300, with Phil Ivey the highest-ranked among them after his achievements Down Under. Ivey moved up from No. 526 to No. 163 on the strength of his points-earning performances in Australia. Also making a big move this week is Richard Lyndaker who catapulted from No. 480 up to No. 244. The New York-based player known as “nutsinho” online took seventh in the Aussie Millions Main Event to bolster his GPI standing.
While on the way to that final table, Lyndaker spoke with our Chad Holloway about his thought process during a big hand on Day 2 — read what he had to say in “Hold’em with Holloway, Vol. 17: Richard ‘nutsinho’ Lyndaker on Getting It in Marginal.”
A Canadian making an appearance this week in the GPI Top 300 is Eric Afriat, reaching his highest career ranking at No. 247. After joining the WPT Champions Club last year with a win at Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Afriat had some decent results at PCA and WPT Borgata this year, tipping his points into the Top 300 territory.
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Ivey and Lyndaker were the biggest gainers this week among players in the top 300. Other big movers this week not on this short list include Chris Klodnicki (from No. 425 to No. 289), Russell Thomas (from No. 372 to No. 262), and James Calderaro (from No. 317 to No. 210).
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Finally among those falling the furthest yet remaining in the top 300, both Anthony Ruberto and Brian Hastings appear on this list for a second straight week.
GPI Top 10 Canadians (the #EhTeam)
The #EhTeam continues to be captained by Ami Barer, followed by Jonathan Duhamel, but Daniel Negreanu has jumped up a spot and Sorel Mizzi has slipped a couple of positions. Mike McDonald earned some points with his runner-up finish in the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge, giving him the No. 4 spot, and the final spot on the roster has seen a swap with Yann Dion falling off of the list to be replaced by Marc-Andre Ladouceur. These changes are due to the maturation of older results rather than new scores.