The Global Poker Index’s Eric Danis and team went to work on a project to put together the top nine poker players of the past decade. The idea sprouted and grew into a full blown project brought about by the summer of 2013 marking the 10th anniversary of Chris Moneymaker's famed World Series of Poker Main Event victory.
The project was aptly named "Player of the Decade" and an exclusive GPI scoring system was used, minus the aging factor, to determine the top players. A player's overall score is partly determined by a maximum of 12 results per year meaning a maximum of 120 events were used to attain points.
The first player to be announced in the Player of the Decade was No. 9 and that position went to Phil Ivey. The GPI broke the news on Monday, December 30th, with Ivey's Highlight Reel and explained the reasons that he ranked in 9th place since the world knows him as the best poker player in the world. Read more on Ivey here.
Next up, No. 8, was announced on Tuesday with J.C. Tran taking that spot. Tran was ahead of Ivey on the list by a mere 147 points. From 2004-2013 Tran won two WSOP gold bracelets and a WPT title were included in the eight events he took first place in. Read the GPI Player of the Decade Project article on Tran here.
Shannon Shorr holds down No. 7 on the GPI list. The GPI is very aware that Shorr's appearance on the list is one that could have others scratching their head and asking why. The GPI has clearly defined reasons, as follows:
"We already know that Shannon Shorr’s inclusion amongst the past decade’s best is going to be a shocker, but something needs to be said for consistency, and Shorr is exact proof that you don’t need to win majors to be ranked amongst poker’s elite on the Global Poker Index," wrote Danis. "Despite no wins on any of the three majors tours, the sharply dressed Shorr has consistently put up totals ever since his arrival on the live tournament circuit back in 2006."
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier came in at No. 6 and is the only European to make the list. Back in 2012 Grospellier held the No. 1 spot on the GPI for 18 weeks and he has the notable distinction of being one of only five players that have sat in the No. 1 spot.
Read the GPI Player of the Decade Project article on Grospellier here.
John Juanda was named in the No. 5 spot with $15,113,770 in career earnings — consistency has helped him build his position on the list. Juanda has locked up five WSOP bracelets but 2012 found him with nine cashes for $3,162,942 without winning one event. Juanda's GPI Player of the Decade Project article can be found here.
Barry Greenstein sits at No. 4 on the Player of the Decade Project list. Barry's crowning year was in 2004 where he took down the World Poker Tour Fifth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open — $1,278,370; first place in Bellagio's Five-Star World Poker Classic — $215,969; and a gold bracelet win in the 2004 WSOP $5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw — $296,200.
Read more on Greenstein's No. 4 placement on the list here.
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi is in spot No. 3 on the list with lifetime earnings of $14,537,352 and 23 career wins between 2004-2013. With personal issues and yearly winnings in the mid-six figures behind him, Mizrachi stormed back to win the 2010 WSOP $5,000 Players Championship and finish in fifth-place in the 2010 WSOP Main Event.
Read the GPI Player of the Decade Project article on Mizrachi here.
Spot No. 2 and Erik Seidel go well together when you consider that he has 27 career wins with 12 of them coming in during the 2004-2013 ranking period. His career earnings of $19,274,783 are a perfect fit for the Poker Hall of Fame member.
Seidel is also only one of five players to hold the No. 1 spot on the GPI 300. Read the article on Seidel at the GPI Player of the Decade Project here.
The No. 1 spot for the Player of the Decade Project adds one more accolade to the long list of accomplishments Daniel Negreanu has managed to compile. In 2013 Negreanu won two WSOP bracelets — bringing his total to six — and became the first player in history to win the WSOP Player of the Year twice; he also won the Bluff Magazine Poker Player of the Year and Card Player Poker Player of the year, and finished off the year 2013 ranked as the No. 1 ranked player on the current GPI rankings.
Negreanu holds the third position on the all-time money winner's list at $19,549,209.
“I’m very honored by this award. I’ve worked hard on my game throughout the decade, so that I could find ways to consistently win year in, year out against tougher and tougher competition each year,” said Negreanu. “I’ve never wanted to rest on my name alone and winning has always been important to me. The game has changed a lot over the past 10 years, but the key ingredient for success hasn’t: confidence. I enter the next decade more confident than ever before.”
Negreanu's full GPI Player of the Decade Project article can be found here.
The final scoring for the GPI Player of the Decade Project:
|6||Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier||5,778|
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