GPI Player of the Year: Watson Overtakes Volpe for Top Spot, Gruissem Vaults to Sixth

Mike Watson

After spending several weeks in second place, Mike Watson overtook Paul Volpe for the lead in the 2013 Global Poker Index Payer of the Year race. Watson finished 44th in Event #1 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific.

Here’s a look at the top 10 of the GPI Player of the Year Race:

PlacePlayerScoreChange in Rank
1Mike Watson524.77+1
2Paul Volpe501.54-1
3Daniel Shak490.980
4Ole Schemion446.69+8
5Christian Harder410.03-1
6Philipp Gruissem396.73+32
7Ana Marquez390.93-2
8Scott Seiver386.91-2
9Yury Gulyy355.17-2
10Bryn Kenney355.11+6

Joining the top 10 this week was German Philipp Gruissem. Gruissem won the AUD$50,000 High Roller at the WSOP APAC, earning $863,386. Gruissem has had a lot of success Down Under in 2013 — in February he finished runner-up to his friend Igor Kurganov in the Aussie Millions AUD$25,000 Challenge, winning $197,416.

Ole Schemion and Bryn Kenney also broke into the top 10 of the 2013 GPI POY race. Schemion rose eight places after winning the 2013 Lebanese Poker Tour Championship Event, pocketing $201,206. Kenney jumped up six spots after finishing 26th in WPT Barcelona, earning $8,587.

Three players dropped out of the top 10: Steven Silverman (11), Micah Raskin (12) and Stephen Bokor (13).

Other players who made big moves in the top 100 of the GPI POY race were Antonio Esfandiari, Benjamin Spindler and Aaron Lim.

Esfandiari bubbled the WSOP APAC Main Event final table, Spindler finished sixth in the WSOP APAC Main Event, and Lim won Event #4.

Daniel Negreanu, who won the WSOP APAC Main Event, sits in 62nd place in the top 100.

For the full GPI Player of the Year standings, check out

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