Global Poker Index: Soaring Sorel Mizzi Joins 2015 POY Race
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
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
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
|274||Jesse Alexis Cohen||1659.15|
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||Player||Current GPI rank||Highest 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||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.
|Rank||Player||Total GPI Score||Change|
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.
|Rank||Player||Total GPI Score||Change|
|205||Viet Van Vo||1862.04||-31|
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)
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.