Poker Rankings Update: Seiver Up To No. 1; Seidel In Top 10

Dustin Gouker : May 4th, 2015

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Scott Seiver ends Ole Schemion’s GPI dominance, while Erik Seidel makes a big move up and Daniel Negreanu slides down. Learn more as we round up the poker power rankings.

Global Poker Index

About the rankings: A ranking of the top live poker players in the world based on their performance over the past three years.

The latest rankings (top 10):
1, Scott Seiver, 3,915.96 points
2, Ole Schemion, 3,891.79 pts
3, Davidi Kitai, 3,862.20 pts
4, Pratyush Buddiga, 3,740.23 pts
5, Byron Kaverman, 3,720.85 pts
6, Stephen Chidwick, 3,614.71 pts
7, Jason Mercier, 3,549.54 pts
8, Bryn Kenney, 3,532.13 pts
9, Sorel Mizzi, 3,437.54 pts
10, Amichai Barer, 3,288.36 pts

The Skinny: Schemion’s record run atop the GPI rankings — 18 weeks — came to an end at the hands of Seiver. He becomes the ninth player ever to reach No. 1 in the GPI. Seiver had two final table appearances in recent weeks in super high rollers to help him take over the top spot. Just today (not even reflected in the rankings), he shipped a €5K PLO event at the EPT, meaning his lead is only likely to widen.

Seiver had this to say to GPI upon his ascent to No. 1:

“Reaching #1 is a huge honor. The GPI is a system that has always seemed to accurately portray the best players at any time, and to be #1, and to look back and understand what that means for my sustained success, is humbling.”

Very little has changed otherwise in the top of the rankings, other than minor shuffling. Barer was the only new face at No. 10, with Daniel Negreanu dropping out of the top 10.

On the move: Dzmitry Urbanovich, the Polish teen sensation, cracked the top 100 for the first time. After finishing second in the €100K event at the EPT Grand Final, he is going to be on the move in a serious way. He already leads the player of the year race (see below).

After a win at the Borgata Spring Poker Open, Joe Kuether was up five spots and poised to reach the top 10 for the first time.

Check out the rankings: GPI website.

Player of the year
1, Dzmitry Urbanovich, 2,483.10 pts
2, Ivan Luca, 2,409.51 points
3, Joe Kuether, 2,303.33 pts
4, Connor Drinan, 2,165.00 pts
5, Nicholas Petrangelo, 2,152.17 pts
6, Vladimir Dobrovolskiy, 1,902.56 pts
7, Steve O’Dwyer, 1,814.48 pts
8, Ramin “incognito579″ Hajiyev, 1,714.96 pts
9, Atanas Kavrakov, 1,633.72 pts
10, Shannon “BLUFFforRENT” Shorr, 1,624.66 pts

BLUFF Magazine

About the rankings: BLUFF Magazine’s power rankings, based on live tournament play over the past two years.

The latest rankings (top 10):
1, Mike Leah, 1,434.75 points
2, Joe Kuether, 1,385.35 pts
3, David Peters, 1,309.55 pts
4, Pratyush Buddiga, 1,277.69 pts
5, Dan Colman, 1,277.69 pts
6, Dan Smith, 1,212.84 pts
7, Scott Seiver, 1,205.05 pts
8, Stephen Chidwick, 1,168.12 pts
9, Steve O’Dwyer, 1,140.90 pts
10, Erik Seidel, 1,124.25 pts

The skinny: Leah held down the top spot for the second straight month, actually widening his lead, as the aforementioned Kuether moved up to second. Negreanu again dropped out of this top 10, falling to No. 14.

Schemion has the highest average ranking (2.0) across both power rankings, ahead of Seiver and Buddiga, who both have an average rank of 4.0.

On the move: Seidel, after winning the €100K event at the EPT Grand Final for €2 million, checked in at No. 10 after being out of the top 20 entirely. Mustapha Kanit also joined the top 20 after not being ranked after shipping the €50K event at the EPT Grand Final.

Check out the rankings: At BLUFF’s website.

Player of the year
1,Anthony Zinno, 636.90 points
2, Dzmitry Urbanovich, 605.13 pts
3, Nick Petrangelo, 601.74 pts
4, Steve O’Dwyer, 561.56 pts
5, Taylor Paur, 524.14 pts
6, Joe Kuether, 503.68 pts
7, Tom Marchese, 470.00 pts
8, Scott Seiver, 432.16 pts
9, Jose Montes, 427.25 pts
10, Atanas Kavrakov, 422.59 pts

Pocket Fives

About the rankings: A ranking of the top online tournament players in the world.
1, norfair18, 7,489 points
2, PokerKaiser, 7,421 pts
3, Romeopro, 6,952 pts
4, Big Huni, 6,774 pts
5, pleno1, 6,749 pts
6, CrownUpGuy, 6,679 pts
7, joaomathias, 6,678 pts
8, MendaLerenda, 6,633 pts
9, p0cket00, 6,626 pts
10, hellohellohello, 6,296 pts

The skinny: Nicolas “norfair18″ Phillips took over at No. 1 this month. Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz was busy owning on the live tourney circuit this week, making two super high roller final tables.

Check out the rankings: At PocketFives.com.

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