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This week it was made official, German phenom Ole Schemion earned himself the title of the 2013 Global Poker Index Player Of The Year. The 21-year old professional poker player earned in excess of $1.6 million finding success in tournaments all over the world including landing 6-figure cashes at the 2013 PCA, the Lebanese Poker Tour, EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, EPT Barcelona and EPT Prague.

According to the Global Poker Index, it was Schemion’s performance down the stretch, specifically at EPT Barcelona, that made the difference. Schemion notched a pair of 6th place finishes in both the 10k High Roller and the 50k Super High Roller to propel him to the top of the charts, where he finished off strong in Prague with his 5th place finish in the Main Event.

The entire last quarter of the year he was chasing the World Series of Poker Player of the Year, Daniel Negreanu, who held the #1 spot right through late December. Negreanu, who ended the year in the #2 spot, also had an incredible year. Daniel’s cashing total was nearly double that of Schemion at roughly $3.1 million, thanks to a pair of high profile WSOP bracelet wins, each reaping massive scores.

With the title, Schemion has earned his second GPI award having won Rookie of the Year in 2012. GPI Player of the Year in 2012, Dan Smith, finished at #100 in 2013.