Polish Player Dominik Panka Tops GPI 2014 Player of the Year List
The Global Poker Index (GPI) selects the top 300 poker tournament players on the basis of their achievements over the past three years. It also uses the USA Today GPI Point System to rank the top poker achievers of the year. Both these lists are available at the official website of the GPI.
Here are the names of players in top ten GPI 2014 Player of the Year list with their GPI scores—Dominik Panka (397.13), Dan Smith (385.81), Vanessa Selbst (383.14), Alexander Denisov (337.93), Mustapha Kanit (286.13), Mike McDonald (277.99), Ole Schemion (274.37), Marcin Wydrowski (269.47), and Isaac Baron (265.83).
Dominik Panka turned out to be the top player of the Player of the Year list after winning the European Poker Tour (EPT) high roller tournament on February 1. Just two weeks back, he had won the main event of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). Panka, a professional poker player from Poland, has earned over $1.8 million this year.
Dan Smith overtook Vanessa Selbst to become the number two player on the list after becoming the runner-up of the Aussie Millions $25k Challenge. Smith, who had been crowned GPI Player of the Year 2012, has finished in the cash four times this year and has earned over $370k.
Mustapha Kanit, Marcin Wydrowski, and Marvin Rettenmaier have newly joined the top 10 Players of the Year list. Kanit won the first event of the Aussie Millions at the end of last month and took home a prize of $196k.
The top 10 players of the GPI 300 list, along with their GPI scores are Ole Schemion (3916.90), Daniel Negreanu (3846.86), Marvin Rettenmaier (3776.52), Philipp Gruissem (3695.52), Dan Smith (3439.63), Vanessa Selbst (3426.44), Ravi Raghavan (3299.15), Paul Volpe (3258.22), Mike McDonald (3244.12), and Bryn Kenney (3239.84).
No new players have joined the top 10 GPI 300 list this week. However, Dan Smith has moved up to the number four position, which was previously occupied by Philipp Gruissem. Since all the players in the list are currently taking part in the Aussie Millions, there may be some changes in this list after the Aussie Millions Main Event, the $250k Challenge, and the $100k Challenge.
Alex Kravchenko, who finished in the 10th place at the EPT Deauville high roller tournament, has come back to the GPI 300 list. But Jake Cody, who has taken a break from playing poker, is no longer in the list.
Among the players who have moved higher up in the list are Ondrej Vinklarek, the number one poker player of the Czech Republic, and Tobias Reinkemeier, the German high-stakes poker player.
Among the players who have dropped down the list are Walid Bou Habib and Blair Hinkle. Habib is the runner-up of the EPT 2013’s main event in Deauville, but this achievement will be slipping down into the second period.
Blair Hinkle might be removed from the GPI 300 list this month. He had finished first in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open of last year, but it will slip down into the second period.