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Griffin Benger Jumps 52 Places into the GPI Top 10

golden podiumThe player of the year Global Poker Index charts saw a few changes as Scott Seiver heads up his challenge on the top spots Paul Volpe and Michael Watson, while Griffin Benger has shot into the top 10 after jumping a staggering 52 places.

Griffin Benger had an amazing end to April as he managed to cash twice in the EPT Berlin. He started his campaign to the top in the €2,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament, where he swam through to 9th position out of 234 entrants to pick up a €9,200 cash prize. 2 days later and he was in the €10,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller event, where he came first out of 107 entries in a tournament that also saw 33 re-buys to add to the prize pool in which Benger pulled out the largest chunk of the money, going home with €429,000. His combo cashes gave him the points and a massive jump on the Player of the Year GPI Index.

GPI Player of the Year Index End of April 2013

1st Paul Volpe – 602.28 points – No move

2nd Michael Watson – 524.77 points – No move

3rd Scott Seiver – 524.13 points – Moved up 6 places

4th Daniel Shak – 469.97 points – dropped 1 place

5th Micah Raskin – 451.75 points – dropped 1 place

6th Ole Schemion – 446.69 points – dropped 1 place

7th Bryn Kenney – 441.60 points – moved up 4 places

8th Griffin Benger – 441.59 points – moved up 52 places

9th Christian Harder – 410.03 points – dropped 3 places

10th Anaras Alekberovas – 405.59 points – moved up 7 places


Another superstar poker player to get his name in with the top crop was Anaras Alekberovas, who climbed into 10th spot. At the beginning of the month, the Lithuanian cashed in 12th place out of 249 entries in the €3,200 World Poker Tour and then later in the month, more recently, he cashed in 32nd place out of 912 entries taking home €22,000.

Scott Seiver was another big mover. Already in the top 10 he managed to confirm that he will be remaining a challenger for the GPI Player of the Year award after making his original entry this month. He has now positioned himself just behind 2nd place Michael Watson, who is only 0.64 points ahead of Seiver. Seiver was seen at the final table of the €10,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller re-buy event, won by GPI’s 8th place Griffin Benger in the Berlin EPT. Seiver was eliminated in 8th place bagging €41,200. Shortly after, Seiver went into the €2,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-max event and got to the final table, once again only to be shunned in 3rd place with a €20,500 pay-off, but his incredible performances have helped him tighten his grip in the top 10 of the GPI.

More moves in the GPI came from players already in the top ten. Bryn Kennedy made a 4 place jump, while Christian Harder fell the furthest after giving way to Scott Seiver, Bryn Kenney and the new entry from Griffin Benger. Back at the top Paul Volpe made no moves or losses and he is still convincingly in the lead by 77.51 points, but the battle for 2nd and 3rd place is now on with not much in it at all.

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