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Big Moves in the GPI Top 10 Player of the Year

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Steve O’Dwyer has the most to shout about as he moved up 31 places gate-crashing the Global Poker Index Player of the Year top 10.

O’Dwyer finally gets his name in the headlines after smashing the 2013 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Main Event. His run sees him firmly in at 7th place, partly making him somewhat responsible for pushing down Dan Shak and Micah Raskin, who dropped 4 and 5 places respectively.

Adding to the demise of Shak and Raskin was Steven Silverman. He made his mark on the EPT after he took down the €25,000 High Roller pushing him into the top 10 with a 17 place climb. In the same event German, Igor Kurganov, pushed through the bubble and continued to run deep into 7th place giving him a top 10 entry after his points total from the EPT High Roller launched him up the POY rankings by 12 places.

GPI Player of the Year 16 May 2013

1st Paul Volpe              760.79 Points – No move

2nd Ole Schemion        535.26 Points – Moved up 4 places

3rd Steven Silverman   532.78 Points –Moved up 17 places

4th Mike Watson          524.77 Points – Dropped 2 places

5th Scott Seiver            524.13 Points – Dropped 2 places

6th Igor Kurganov       522.95 Points – Moves up 12 places

7th Steve O’Dwyer      498.85 Points – Moved up 31 places

8th Dan Shak               469.97 Points – Dropped 4 places

9th Christian Harder    461.69 Points – No Move

10th Micah Raskin       451.75 Points – Dropped 5 places

Another German player was also moving up the rankings. Ole Schemion improved on his top 10 position after he claimed first place in the €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, which was also another set of points affecting the top 10 coming from the massive EPT Grand Final. On top of this, Ole pulled down another deep run this time in the €5,000 Eight Game at the Monaco casino EPT event bringing his 2013 tournament wallet up to $800,000, with barely 5 months of the year gone by. However, he is at a disadvantage when the next WSOP comes around in Las Vegas because he is not yet 21 years of age, and so his top 10 contenders will be looking to capitalise on his absence from an event that is sure to turn the GPI Index upside down.

On the edges of the Top 10, Daniel Negreanu has been creeping up the chart after picking up momentum thanks to his 5th WSOP Gold Bracelet in the WSOP Asia Pacific. This time he had an excellent run in the EPT Grand Final Main Event. He not only cracked the bubble, but he ran all the way to the final table where he was knocked out at the last in 4th place. His deep run gained him another 84 spots bring him up to 24th.

Looking down the GPI Index “The Kid Poker” is the man on form making huge gains over the past month. With the WSOP just around the corner we should expect the likes of Negreanu and Mizarachi to break into the GPI POY Top 10 and make a real challenge for the top spots.


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