Paul Volpe has kept his top spot for more than 19 weeks, but as Steven Silverman had already started a successful rampage of the live poker tournaments, Volpe needed some big wins to stay on top.
Despite cashing five times in the 44th WSOP and an excellent run in the EPT Grand Final where Volpe won two tournaments, the points weren’t enough to keep him out on top with the tough competition coming from further down the ranks. Since June, Volpe hasn’t cashed in any major tournaments leaving the door wide open for Steven Silverman to sneak in and take the lead in the GPI POY race.
Silverman won the €25,000 No Limit Holdem High Roller in the EPT Grand Final held in Monaco back in May. He won €775,400 ($1,016,745) in that event giving him an early boost on his way to the top stop. In the same month he cashed in the $25,000 No Limit Holdem WPT World Championship in Las Vegas, coming 13th taking home $49,210. After that he took 3rd in Event 9’s No Limit Holdem Shootout $123,202, helping him stash up more points.
To seal the deal, Silverman leap frogged five positions thanks to yet another terrific performance on the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock 2013 Poker Open event just a few days ago. He entered the $100,000 No Limit Holdem tournament and came out on top to win $891,660. So far this year, he’s pulled in $2,253,991 versus Paul Volpe’s $1,634,490.
Marvin Rettenmaier has managed to bust back into the top 10 after he found his form again in another WPT event held in Cyprus. He took down a $182,000 prize kitty and added enough points to his rankings to move up 25 positions. That win actually put Rettanmaier into 11th position, but expiring points from players above him meant he crept up into 10th place.
Outside of the top 10, Manig Loeser moved 19 positions in the right direction and Matt Glantz also moved up overtaking 28 players on his way up. Tran, who was runner up to Steven Silverman in the WPT Alpha8 event, made the most impressive jump going up 80 spots in 74th position.
Next up is Barcelona in which Steven Silverman has already arrived in the city looking to confirm his lead with another solid performance. Plus more action packed tournaments are around the corner that should see the final third of the year add more points to the GPI POY competition, where we can start to make some more solid predictions on who will be the all out champ.
GPI Player of the Year Rankings – TOP 10
1st – Steven Silverman 786.10 points – Gained 5 points
2nd – Paul Volpe 767.76 points – Lost 1 point
3rd – Mike Watson 753.37 points – Lost 1 point
4th – David Peters 736.55 points – Lost 1 point
5th – Daniel Negreanu 731.18 points – Lost 1 point
6th – Scott Seiver 692.20 points – Lost 1 point
7th – Igor Kurganov 663.10 points – No points lost or gained
8th – Chris Klodnicki 656.19 points – No points lost or gained
9th – Ole Schemion 651.74 points – No points lost or gained
10th – Marvin Rettermaier 644.40 points – Gained 1 point
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