April 29 2015, by Eric Danis
Great Scott! Seiver stops the streak, new #1
There is a new #1 in the poker world…
VIEW FROM THE TOP
Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Ole Schemion (GPI#2, -1), who became the first player to spend 18 straight weeks at the top of the GPI World Poker Rankings last week, was on the verge of falling below the 4,000-point mark for the first time in a long time as scores from this time last year were about to enter a third aging period and now Schemion finds himself second in the standings for the first time this year.
Congratulations to Scott Seiver (GPI#1, +1), who becomes the 9th player in GPI history to sit at #1 in the World Poker Rankings. We reached out to Seiver, who is currently getting ready to play the EPT Grand Final Festival in Monte Carlo, and asked for his thoughts on reaching #1:
“Reaching #1 is a huge honor. The GPI is a system that has always seemed to accurately portray the best players at any time, and to be #1, and to look back and understand what that means for my sustained success, is humbling.”
Seiver’s ascension to #1 has truly been a remarkable one. He has spent most of 2015 ranked inside the Top 10 – including six of the past seven at #2; becoming one of the most consistent players on tour: “I feel I have a very good grasp on the current player field that plays most big tournaments, and I take enough breaks that I never feel burnt out on poker. I vary what I play and when I play so much that when I’m competing I’m always close to my A game. Poker isn’t about who has the best A game, but rather who can play their B game the most, and I think this is something I’ve gotten quite good at over the years.”
Schemion’s scoring drop has created quite a tight race for #1 as he, Seiver and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Davidi Kitai (GPI#3, =) find themselves in a dead heat. The trio will all be competing in Monte Carlo this week. When asked about his plans for the next few months, Seiver seems to have it all figured out 🙂 : “I’m hoping to win 4 tournaments here in Monaco so I can put some distance between myself and the extremely difficult competition. Honestly my plans for the WSOP are completely up in the air, so it might be possible for people to use that time to try to catch me.” Should Seiver be looking for tips on how to win a bunch of tournaments in Monte Carlo, he can seek help from his good friend, and former World #1 Dan Smith (GPI#19, +1), who won a ridiculous three tournaments back-to-back-to-back at the EPT Grand Final in 2012.
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