Global Poker Index: Soaring Sorel Mizzi Joins 2015 POY Race

Sorel Mizzi

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

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Dzmitry Urbanovich3380.70-
2 Scott Seiver3023.15-
3 Ivan Luca2978.00-
4 Connor Drinan2919.17-
5 Steve O’Dwyer2703.32+1
6 Joe Kuether2545.91-1
7 Nicholas Petrangelo2326.17-
8 Ramin Hajiyev2228.48-
9 Vladimir Dobrovolskiy2152.88-
10
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Sorel Mizzi2136.93+4

After all of the movement a week ago following the completion of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival, things settled this week in the Global Poker Index Player of the Year race, though not for long as the 2015 World Series of Poker gets going in less than a week!

Dzmitry Urbanovich retained the No. 1 position for a ninth-straight week. Steve O’Dwyer and Joe Kuether swapped spots in the middle of the top 10. And, finally, we have our first Canadian in contention for 2015 POY as Sorel Mizzi jumped up four spots to join the POY top 10 after finishing 10th in the 2015 World Poker Tour Amsterdam Main Event won by Farid Yachou.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Scott Seiver3970.10-
2 Ole Schemion3859.58-
3 Dan Smith3828.71-
4 Davidi Kitai3745.14-
5 Byron Kaverman3670.28-
6 Jason Mercier3631.66-
7 Stephen Chidwick3606.35-
8
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Sorel Mizzi3495.18+1
9 Pratyush Buddiga3451.41+1
10 Bryn Kenney3440.37-2

It was a quiet week atop the overall Global Poker Index rankings as well, with no change among the top seven as Scott Seiver remains the top-ranked tournament player in the world for a fourth week running. Meanwhile, Mizzi’s Amsterdam score allowed him to move up a notch, with Pratyush Buddiga nudging upwards one spot as well.

With the WSOP coming soon, the overall GPI rankings will be affected in a couple of ways. Players doing well this summer at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino will of course be adding points, while those who did well at the past three WSOPs will see the points they earned for those triumphs lessen in value due to the ranking system’s “age factor.”

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
273Kyle Bowker1659.53
274Jesse Alexis Cohen1659.15
284NiPun Java1618.84
285Michael Katz1618.64
287Salvatore Bonavena1611.25

Just five new names join the GPI Top 300 this week, with Kyle Bowker the highest-ranked of the group at No. 273.

2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess is among those lurking just outside the list (at No. 303). Here’s a look at where the last dozen WSOP Main Event champs are ranked in the Global Poker Index this week along with their highest previous rankings:

WSOP ME Champ Year PlayerCurrent GPI rankHighest ever rank (date*)
2014 Martin Jacobson#15#8 (Nov. 2014)
2013 Ryan Riess#303#199 (Nov. 2013)
2012 Greg Merson#487#63 (Nov. 2012)
2011 Pius Heinz#17,303#214 (July 2012)
2010
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Jonathan Duhamel#29#5 (July 2012)
2009 Joe Cada#1,076#316 (June 2013)
2008 Peter Eastgate#30,629#1,677 (July 2012)
2007 Jerry Yang#7,250#2,565 (Mar. 2013)
2006 Jamie Gold#3,340#2,724 (May 2015)
2005 Joe Hachem#1,917#78 (June 2011)
2004 Greg Raymer#540#256 (July 2011)
2003 Chris Moneymaker#3,090#275 (July 2011)

*Note: the GPI rankings began June 27, 2011.

Right now from these 12, only Jonathan Duhamel and Martin Jacobson are in the GPI Top 300. Duhamel has remained inside the top 30 since August 2013, while the last time Jacobson was outside the top 50 was June 2014.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
160Louis Salter1999.47+83
284NiPun Java1618.84+81
108Eddy Sabat2276.09+74
152Ismael Bojang2051.22+73
273Kyle Bowker1659.53+67

Looking at who among this week’s Top 300 made the biggest gains, Louis Salter jumped the most, going from No. 243 to No. 160 after finishing ninth in that aforementioned WPT Amsterdam Main Event.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
280Farid Jattin1633.12-56
195Philipp Gruissem1892.87-43
292Eric Blair1594.07-36
205Viet Van Vo1862.04-31
245Vineet Pahuja1745.10-29

Farid Jattin dropped the most this week among players still in the GPI Top 300, the second straight week he’s been part of this list.

GPI Top 10 Canadians (the #EhTeam)

Rank PlayerTotal Score
8
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Sorel Mizzi3,495.18
18
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Daniel Negreanu3,178.26
29
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Jonathan Duhamel3,035.58
30
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Mike Leah3,034.86
43
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Andrew Chen2,799.23
45
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Mike McDonald2,793.89
50
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Ami Barer2,767.97
54
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Mike Watson2,739.13
99
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Sam Greenwood2,341.28
120
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Griffin Benger2,205.30

Overall, Team Canada hasn't seen much movement in the roster of late, but the points are degrading quickly and these players are losing position globally. Only Sorel Mizzi continues to shoot upward, making a real go of the 2015 POY race. With the WSOP just around the corner, there will certainly be points earned and lost in coming weeks. Keep your eyes on PokerNews Canada for your coverage of the Eh Team.

To view both the 2015 Player of the Year and GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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