December 19 2013, by Eric Danis
GPI300: Negreanu Survives the Charge, Selbst in Top 10
Only a few tournaments remain in 2013 as the GPI300 marches on with a duel for the ages and Vanessa Selbst putting her final stamp on the season:
GPI PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE
As projected by the Global Poker Index earlier this week, German standout Ole Schemion has surpassed Daniel Negreanu in the 2013 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. Schemion’s masterful performance in the EPT Prague Main Event allowed him to surpass the Canadian superstar in the race to the top. We will have full coverage of the Player of the Year race in our Monday report.
VIEW FROM THE TOP
The news, however, isn’t all bad for Negreanu (GPI#1, -) who remains the #1 player in poker, sitting atop the GPI300 for the eighth consecutive week, surviving the late-season charge from the chase group.
If all goes according to plan, Kid Poker should enter 2014 with the #1 rank, tune in next week to see if there are any changes to the rankings as we close the books on 2013.
Vanessa Selbst’s (GPI#7, +24) late-season charge has her re-joining the GPI Top 10 for the first time since March. Selbst won the PLO Championship to kickoff her EPT Prague Series … she also final tabled the High Roller event in order to push her way into the Top 10.
As Selbst and Paul Volpe enter the Top 10, former WSOP World Champion Jonathan Duhamel and Season XI WPT Five Diamond champ Ravi Raghavan find themselves on the outside looking in this week.
GPI TOP 10:
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It sure has been a tumultuous season in and out of the GPI300 for EPT Prague Final Table participant Max Silver (GPI#116, +94). Silver, who was ranked between 134 and 515 this year, can breathe a sigh of relief as he will end the season safely inside the 300 … for the time being!
Recent Unibet Open Riga Champion Florens Feenstra (GPI#135, +118) was the biggest mover of the week but was followed closely by EPT standout Andrew Chen (GPI#111, +115) and American pro Cary Katz (GPI#167, +101) … all three players moved up over 100 spots in the rankings.
This week’s Top 10 Movers within the GPI300:
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DOWN THE LADDER
What goes up must come down … WSOP bracelet winner Dan Kelly (GPI#279, -201) found that out the hard way this week, falling over 200 spots inside the GPI300.
Given his immense skill level, Kelly, who’s 2013 season included a combined total of 10 WSOP cashes in Vegas, APAC and Europe, will certainly be back in contention early in 2014 … DJK123 is also an accomplished online player.
Fellow WSOP bracelet winners Erick Lindgren (GPI#282, -146), Taylor Paur (GPI#254, -94), Jeff Lisandro (GPI#198, -75) and Mike Matusow (GPI#259, -62) join Kelly on this week’s list.
This week’s Top 10 Drops within the GPI300:
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Another week, another huge group moves in and out of the 300 this week:
Of the 21 players who enter the GPI300 this week, WPT Five Diamond Main Event and High Roller event standouts Barry Hutter (GPI#194), Brian Rast (GPI#209) and Gary Benson (GPI#246) lead the way … even veteran WPT commentator Mike Sexton (GPI#266) made a return to the 300 this week.
Samuel Chartier, Kevin Iacofano, Sam Greenwood, Alexander Kravchenko, Ty Reiman, Mike Leah and Elio Fox are a few other names who also entered the 300.
After falling from the GPI300 for the first time earlier this year and fighting his way back into contention, Phil Ivey (GPI#459) once again falls out of the list and looks to end 2013 on a sour note. To be fair, Ivey’s lack of tournament play has directly impacted his standing within the GPI300.
Sad to see Tommy Vedes Danger Zone serial participant Tommy Vedes drop out of the 300 for the first time since August. Ivey and Vedes are joined by Jesse James Sylvia, Ronnie Bardah, Isaac Haxton and Brock Parker, amongst others, outside the 300 this week.
This week’s GPI300 In and Out List:
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