PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, EPT Deauville and the Aussie Millions have made a big impact on the Global Poker Index Player leaderboard in 2014. Those who made a deep run at these major events also collected a lot of points that count towards their position in the Player of the Year and GPI 300 rankings.
Mike “Timex” McDonald is arguably the hottest player in 2014, with two big wins in the Aussie Millions $100k Challenge and $250k Challenge. He was the runner-up in the former and finished second in the biggest highroller event of the year so far, to win a total of $3 million. Mike feels quiet comfortable playing in highroller tournaments and rarely misses an opportunity to play for big money, also making the final table at the PCA $100k Super High Roller.
That victory rounded up his bankroll by a cool $220k just a few days after finishing second in the PCA Main Event, behind Poland’s Dominik Panka. It comes as no surprise that these two players are at the top of the Global Poker Index Player of the Year, ahead of Dan Smith, Vanessa Selbst and Jason Mercier. He is 4 points shy of crossing the 500 line and has 100 points more than the runner-up, which makes it unlikely for him to lose the lead when the GPI POY leaderboard will be updated again.
Check out the Player of the Year leaderboard at the time of writing:
The Global Poker Index Player of the Year award is a prestigious one, but the GPI 300 is the more relevant list and this is where Daniel Negreanu has an edge over the pack. He was trailing Ole Schemion, but his perseverance at the Aussie Millions where he participated in all major events and bought in several times, paid off. He has 4093 points to his name, with Ole Schemion coming in second with 3883, followed by three players separated by just 150 points.
This is how the top 10 of the GPI 300 looks like: