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Scott Seiver is the World Number One

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Scott Seiver ends Ole Schemion’s record-breaking stay at the top of the Global Poker Index rankings, by becoming the ninth player to top the charts since their inception.

Scott Seiver is the ninth person to be crowned the world’s best live tournament player, after deposing Ole Schemion from the top of the Global Poker Index (GPI) world rankings, after a record-breaking 18 straight weeks at the top.

Scott Seiver is the World Number OneHis ascension came in a week that saw him continue his unerring ability to consistently cash in the selective events that he partakes in, by finishing eighth in the €100,000 buy-in European Poker Tour (EPT) Monte Carlo Super High Roller (SHR). Former, GPI #1 Erik Seidel taking the first prize of over €2m, and Seiver cashed for €261,800.

Seiver described his new title as a ‘huge honor’ and lavished praise on the GPI rankings when he said they ‘always seemed to accurately portray the best players at any time.’ Seiver now looks down at the lot.

Schemion’s run was a fine one. Not only did he spend 18 consecutive weeks at the top, but he has also spent more time at the top (42 weeks) than any other player, with the exception of Jason Mercier (84 weeks). Schemion is one of two German players to ever hold the top position (Marvin Rettenmaier was the second), Bertrand ‘ElkY Grospellier of France is the only other European to hold the top spot. Daniel Negreanu (Canada), and Dan Smith, Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Seidel and now Seiver (America) finish off that impressive list.

Seiver is currently ranked #8 in the Hendon Mob All-Time Money List with over $15m in lifetime earnings, including multiple seven figure annual hauls in four of the past five years. Highlights include a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) SHR victory in 2013 for $2m, a partypoker Premier League victory in 2012 for $500,000, the World Poker Tour (WPT) Championships in 2011 for $1.6m, and a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet victory for $755,000 back in 2008.

Previous GPI #1 Ranked Players (By Time at the Top)

1st. Jason Mercier (84 weeks)

2nd. Ole Schemion (42 weeks)

3rd. Dan Smith (36 weeks)

4th. Daniel Negreanu (19 weeks)

5th. Marvin Rettenmaier (18 weeks)

6th. Bertrand Grospellier (18 weeks)

7th. Erik Seidel (15 weeks)

8th. Vanessa Selbst (4 weeks)

9th. Scott Seiver (the new kid at the top of the block)

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