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
There was a lot of activity at the top of the leaderboard in the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race, with no less than four players jumping ahead of Scott Seiver who had held the top spot for the last two weeks.
Making the biggest move all of the way to the top of the list was Dzmitry Urbanovich who has enjoyed an amazing week-and-a-half at the European Poker Tour Malta series, winning three side events — including the €25,500 High Roller — and final-tabling two others to collect a bevy of points and move well ahead of the chase pack. The Polish player had collected wins at both the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January and the Eureka Poker Tour in Rozvadov last month, and has a dozen tournament cashes already in 2015.
Also moving into the POY Top 10 this week are Connor Drinan (going from No. 14 to No. 4) and Ramin Hajiyev (going from No. 16 to No. 8). Drinan took second in that EPT Malta High Roller won by Urbanovich, while Hajiyev also picked up a couple of cashes in Malta to improve his position.
GPI 300 Top 10
Contrasting with the volatile POY race, the overall GPI rankings remained steady this week with practically no movement at all among the leaders — only Daniel Negreanu and Stephen Chidwick swapped spots in the top 10, giving our best Canadian a step up on the leaderboard. This makes 14 weeks straight for the young German Ole Schemion on top.
Welcome to the GPI Top 300
There are 12 new players in this week’s overall GPI Top 300. Anton Astapau is the highest ranked among them at No. 205, having moved up 125 spots from No. 330 after cashing twice in Malta this week, including winning a €2,150 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo 8-Max. event.
Most of the others moving into the list this week also earned points in Malta, including Georgios Zisimopoulos who jumped from No. 323 to No. 271 after topping a 1,285-entry field to win the Italian Poker Tour Malta Main Event.
The only new Canadian member of the GPI Top 300 is a name many people may not be familiar with. With a preference for EPT events, this Ontarian records most of his results overseas. Daniel Dvoress managed an astonishing five cashes at EPT Malta, the best of which was a third-place result in the €25,500 EPT High Roller for €263,000.
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Others made even bigger gains than Astapau this week, including our Canadian Daniel Dvoress who went from No. 567 all of the way to No. 290 following his third-place showing in that €25,500 High Roller. Dvoress spoke with PokerNews this week from Malta, offering some strategy advice about defending the blinds against aggressive late position raisers. You can see the video below:
One player earning his points somewhere other than Malta to move into the Top 300 this week was Jesse Rockowitz who finished runner-up in the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder event to help him go from No. 535 up to No. 288.
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Finally, looking at players who slipped in the rankings though kept spots inside the Top 300, Oleksii Khoroshenin fell the furthest this week, dropping from No. 140 to No. 196.
GPI Top 10 Canadians (the #EhTeam)
Most of Team Canada remains unchanged except for the bottom spot on the roster. After joining the Top 10 last week, Shyam Srinivasan was forced to give up his spot after Sam Greenwood booked two great results at EPT Malta. Now two of the three Greenwood brothers are among Canada's 10 best players. The 10th-place Greenwood finished seventh in the €25,500 High Roller that Daniel Dvoress went on to finish third in, earning €102,400. Greenwood followed that with another great run in the €10,300 High Roller, cashing in for €32,300 when he finished 18th.