Global Poker Index: Negreanu Rejoins Overall Top 10; Benger Falls the Furthest
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
American Scott Seiver retained the top spot this week in the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race, a position he has held now for four weeks running.
Meanwhile, there was some movement behind him, including two newcomers joining the 2015 POY Top 10. Nicholas Petrangelo jumped from No. 18 to No. 6 this week after finishing fourth out of 636 entries in the $2,500 no-limit hold’em event at the Fallsview Poker Classic in Ontario. And after notching cashes this month at the WPT Lucky Hearts Open and WSOP Circuit West Palm Beach Main Event, Jason Mercier has moved from No. 12 to No. 7.
Shannon Shorr also enjoyed a big jump in the POY rankings this week, moving up from No. 43 all of the way to No. 11 after cashing in that aforementioned Fallsview Poker Classic preliminary event, then also making the money in the World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event won by Anthony Zinno. Zinno likewise enjoyed a big boost, catapulting from No. 285 to No. 40 this week in the POY rankings.
GPI 300 Top 10
Another quiet week at the top of the overall GPI rankings this week, with Ole Schemion continuing to lead the rest of the field by a decent-sized margin for a 10th-straight week.
Following his successes earlier this month at the European Poker Tour Deauville, Davidi Kitai now sits in third position just behind Pratyush Buddiga. Meanwhile, Daniel Negreanu finds himself back in the overall top 10, nudging Stephen Chidwick from the list as the latter fell from No. 8 to No. 11 this week.
Negreanu, whose career tournament earnings of just under $30 million puts him first in the all-time money list, is of course among those who have previously held the No. 1 position in the overall GPI rankings. While he has been either near the top 10 or comfortably inside it almost constantly since mid-2013, Negreanu’s last instance of being ranked first was in April 2014. His presence in the top 10 gives us a Canadian trifecta of talent between Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel, and Ami Barer.
Welcome to the GPI Top 300
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There were 15 newcomers joining the GPI Top 300 this week, with 2015 PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville Main Event champion Ognyan Dimov the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 307 to No. 226 — the highest-ever ranking for the Bulgarian.
We also saw two new Canadians join the ranks. Another decent run by Samuel Chartier at the Fallsview Poker Classic in the $2,500 event gave him some points to add to his result at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure earlier this year and a final table at WPT Montreal at the end of last year. Collectively, these results were enough to bump him into the GPI Top 300.
2010 World Series of Poker Main Event final-tablist Matt Jarvis also makes an appearance this week after also collecting some points in the $2,500 event at the Fallsview Poker Classic. This was the last nudge he needed after winning the High Roller tournament at Playground Poker Club last November and a series of great results at the West Coast Poker Championship last summer.
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Dimov’s move upwards in the overall rankings was one of the biggest of the week, although a couple of players in the Top 300 enjoyed even bigger jumps.
Aditya Prasetyo went from No. 418 up to No. 299 this week after a couple of deep runs in events at the L.A. Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino. Meanwhile Jackduyph Duong tops the list of biggest gainers among this week’s Top 300, having moved all of the way from No. 477 to No. 256 after finishing 16th in the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event, then final tabling another event in the Parx Casino Big Stax X series.
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Finally, among players in the GPI Top 300 this week, Canadian Griffin Benger fell the furthest, dropping from No. 195 to No. 287 as he has been unable to secure a live tournament cash since last August and his points are degrading in value.
GPI Top 10 Canadians (the #EhTeam)
The Team Canada roster remains unchanged with only one position change in the ranks. The three Mikes are still together, but Leah and Watson have swapped places due to how old results are degrading with time. Neither of them have recorded new points since PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January.