GPI News: “Timex” Dominates and Ivey Returns

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The newest results of the Global Poker Index have been released and there are several stories of note. Several top name players are extending their leads while one in particular has made a return to the listings after a prolonged absence. In short, it was a relatively busy week, with the first big scores of the year from the Aussie Millions finally entering the index.

In the GPI Player of the Year race, Mike “Timex” McDonald continues to be the man to catch. Currently, the pro has been absolutely on fire and has more than 496 points to his name – almost 100 more than Dominik Panka, who is enjoying a second place position despite the presence of many close contenders. The difference between second and tenth is a scant 94 points, which makes McDonald’s lead even that much more impressive. At the same time, there is still a ton of poker to be played in 2014 and anything could happen in the next ten months.

For the standard GPI300 Top 10, there were few changes. Daniel Negreanu maintains the pole position for a third straight week and has widened the margin between himself and Ole Schemion in the second spot. Dan Smith dropped two spots from fourth, sending both Jason Mercier and Philipp Gruissem up a place. Shannon Shorr lost one place from his previous week’s finish in ninth to make way for Michael Watson’s triumphant return to the Top 10. Not yet a household poker name, Watson is a tournament expert and spent 51 weeks in 2013 without leaving the Top 10. Now that he’s back, it’s expected he will stay there for a while more.

The big news that has players talking is the fact that living legend Phil Ivey has graced the GPI300 with his presence once again. Often considered to be a cash game specialists, Ivey is also a top-notch tournament player as his many WSOP bracelets attest. Even though his tournament schedule is not nearly as full as others, his ability to capitalise on the few tournaments he plays was enough to send him just inside the line in 293rd place. Ivey’s last big score came from the High Roller $250,000 event at the Aussie Millions where his first place finish was good for $3.6 million.

GPI300 Top 10 Players

1st – Daniel Negreanu

2nd – Ole Schemion

3rd – Marvin Rettenmaier

4th – Jason Mercier

5th – Philipp Gruissem

6th – Dan Smith

7th – Vanessa Selbst

8th – Mike McDonald

9th – Michael Watson

10th – Shannon Shorr