Still Waters This Week on the GPI300

Ole Schemion

This time of year is usually pretty quiet for the poker world. The lack of major events between the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the Aussie Millions is when many players start planning out their schedule for the rest of the year. As such, it’s not surprising that the Global Poker Index, GPI, sees few changes. This week was no exception to the rule and there are very few movers and shakers to report.

The top 10 of the GPI300 is exactly the same as it was last week, with Ole Schemion retaining his crown atop the leaderboard for yet another week. Daniel Negreanu, Martin Rettenmaier, Philipp Gruissem and Vanessa Selbst round out the rest of the top 5.

One point of note for this week’s edition of the GPI300 is that Liv Boeree has once again entered the fray. Granted, the Team PokerStars Pro is only in 268th place, but a recent strong finish at a tourney in Scotland has pushed her lifetime earnings over the $2.4 million mark. A strong finish in this year’s PCA and a 2nd place at the UKIPT in Edinburgh insured her return.

The biggest gains this week came from a pair of American players who were both present at the final table of the Million Dollar Heater tourney in Biloxi. David Tuthill had the biggest boost, moving up 58 spots from 185th to 127th. Jacob Bazeley followed close behind, jumping 50 places to finish the week in 100th.

On the other side of the coin, the biggest drops in the GPI300 came from players Sergey Rybachenko and Tyler Reiman, both of whom fell 45 places from their original perch. David “ODB” Baker was also among those on the wrong end of the list, losing 42 places from his position in 103rd place.

There were also some top-shelf players that found themselves outside the GPI after this week’s rankings were released. Perennial tournament aces Shawn Buchanan and Shaun Deeb both saw their names removed after more than three years of being in the top 300. With their history, a return to the GPI300 is highly likely in the coming months.

With the Aussie Millions, EPT – Deauville, and another big event in Atlantic City, this week is the proverbial calm before the storm. Depending on how the leaders perform in their respective tournaments, the GPI could be in for a major shake-up in the weeks to come.

GPI300 Top 10 – 24/01/2014

1.  Ole Schemion- 3916.90

2.  Daniel Negreanu- 3846.86

3.  Marvin Rettenmaier- 3776.52

4.  Philipp Gruissem- 3695.52

5.  Vanessa Selbst- 3426.44

6.  Dan Smith- 3409.69

7.  Paul Volpe – 3258.22

8.  Mike McDonald – 3244.12

9.  Bryn Kenney – 3240.78

10. Ravi Raghavan – 3217.60