We already knew that Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu finished at the top of the GPI 300 rankings at the end of 2013 and that Ole Schemion was revealed as the GPI Player Of The Year for 2013, yet the GPI have now revealed who were the best European players of last year.
They have released which players finished at the top of their particular country’s rankings and who they had to stave off at the end of last year. Take a look at just which players took home their country’s honours.
It is fair to say that German players on the whole had an excellent year at the felt in 2013 after winning the most poker tournaments in their history throughout a year. They have even started this year in the same vein with Fabian Quoss winning the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller last week.
The player that performed the best though according to the GPI was Ole Schemion who incidentally was their overall GPI Player of the Year in 2013.
1st) Ole Schemion – 1163.14
2nd) Philipp Gruissem – 962.57
3rd) Marvin Rettenmaier – 918.52
4th) Martin Finger – 777.30
5th) Dominik Nitsche – 760.28
France certainly has some big names on the poker scene with the likes of Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand Grospellier, Roger Hairebedian and Benjamin Pollak. It was the latter however that was revealed as the best player in France for the second year running in 2014 though it was a close call between him and Hairebedian.
1st) Benjamin Pollak – 753.52
2nd) Roger Hairabedian – 715.17
3rd) Erwann Pecheux – 649.28
4th) Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier – 636.72
5th) Flavien Guenan – 519.81
Spain has been one of the fastest growing poker playing countries in Europe and they now have some notable names among their players. Carlos Mortensen has been around for years whilst Sergio Aido and Ana Marquez represent the new era. None of those were able to finish as the country’s best in 2013 though as that honour fell to Adrian Mateos Diaz.
1st) Adrian Mateos Diaz – 673.94
2nd) Ana Marquez – 609.17
3rd) Sergio Aido – 594.22
4th) Carlos Mortensen – 432.60
5th) Raul Paez Corral – 379.24
The UK has always been seen as one of the more successful poker playing countries in Europe and it is no surprise when you think of the players that are not even included in this list such as Max Silver, Dave Ulliot, Chris Moorman, Sam Trickett and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody. This year it was Stephen Chidwick that topped the rankings with the likes of Matt Ashton, Toby Lewis and David Vamplew following him up.
1st) Stephen Chidwick – 870.31
2nd) Matthew Ashton – 636.20
3rd) Toby Lewis – 632.73
4th) David Vamplew – 619.20
5th) Tamer Kamel – 542.59
Finland too has some names that are very well known on the poker circuit. Juha Helppi has been around for many years whilst Kimmo Kurko has been grinding away for a number of years now. Joni Jouhkimainen was the player to beat this year though and finished at the top of the rankings.
1st) Joni Jouhkimainen – 877.50
2nd) Lauri Pesonen – 487.41
3rd) Kimmo Kurko – 432.11
4th) Juha Helppi – 418.74
5th) Ville Mattila – 358.21
In one of the closest races of the year it was Yury Gulyy that finished up as the number one in Russia. He achieved this at the EPT Prague in December where he cashed in two events which included a 26th place finish in the Main Event. That pushed him ahead of Igor Kurganov who was leading the race right up until the start of December.
1st) Yury Gulyy – 736.42
2nd) Igor Kurganov – 663.10
3rd) Konstantin Puchkov – 628.31
4th) Andrey Shatilov – 604.62
5th) Vladimir Troyanovski – 604.53
It was also fairly tight in Italy at the end of 2013. Dario Sammartino literally held just an 11 point advantage over Fundaro at the start of December. He was able to make it stick though after a good performance at the EPT Prague and actually increased his lead.
1st) Dario Sammartino – 773.82
2nd) Giacomo Fundaro – 644.61
3rd) Salvatore Bonavena – 393.10
4th) Rocco Palumbo – 380.05
5th) Giuliano Bendinelli – 361.08
The winners from some of the smaller poker nations in Europe included Thomas Muehlocker in Austria, Davidi Kitai in Belgium, PokerStars Team Pro Mickey Petersen in Denmark and Yevgeniy Timoshenko from Ukraine.