Global Poker Index: Dan Smith Rises to the Top

Posted 4 days 9 hours ago by Mickey Doft

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes a player's results over six half-year periods. While the player in the No.1 spot has changed multiple times, it's usually been Jason Mercier and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier jockeying for position in what had been a two-horse race. Dan Smith now sits alone atop the GPI. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of October 29, 2012

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Dan Smith 3,056.84 +5
2 Jason Mercier 2,913.38 -1
3 Marvin Rettenmaier 2,766.21 --
4 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier 2,744.54 -2
5 Andrew Lichtenberger 2,545.70 --
6 Philipp Gruissem 2,531.40 -2
7 Steve O'Dwyer 2,487.96 --
8 Phil Hellmuth 2,421.95 --
9 Vanessa Selbst 2,404.80 +1
10 Mike Watson 2,400.12 -1

It was a matter of time before Dan Smith's six and seven-figure scores began to pay off on the GPI front. Smith earned three first-place finishes (each six figures) at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final in April. Two of those scores aged and instantly boosted his Period 2 score, while not affecting his Period 1 much as he still has three six-figures results to go along with one seven-figure pay day. Get used to seeing Smith atop the GPI.

Welcome to the GPI

Sixteen players are new to this week's rankings, led by Tim West and Dominik Nitsche. West recently finished in seventh place at the Festa Al Lago Main Event for $40,469, giving his Period 1 a much-needed boost. Nitsche, meanwhile, topped a 230-player field in the WPT South Africa Main Event for $206,153.

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Tim West 1,274.02 186th
Dominik Nitsche 1,254.77 199th
Ray Qartomy 1,136.01 253rd
Justin Conley 1,118.94 264th
Chady Ojeil 1,067.58 284th
Kunal Patel 1,066.79 285th
Igor Yaroshevsky 1,063.35 287th
Arnaud Mattern 1,061.38 288th
Jake Bazeley 1,057.30 289th
Eric Baldwin 1,057.27 290th
Stephane Albertini 1,048.82 291st
Marko Neumann 1,047.69 293rd
Mike Wattel 1,047.58 294th
Kunimaro Kojo 1,044.37 296th
David Bach 1,042.31 298th
Marc Inizan 1,041.49 299th

Aaron Jones, Anatoly Gurtovy, David Paredes, Hoyt Corkins, Nacho Barbero, Justin Zaki, Kevin Vandersmissen, Lucille Cailly, Matt Stout, Maxi Lehmanski, Max Lykov, Mikhail Petrov, Pratyush Buddiga, Roman Romanovskyi, Simeon Naydenov, and Zoltan Szabo fell from the GPI this week.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Matt Waxman following his runner-up showing in the Festa Al Lago Main Event for $273,944.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
20th Justin Bonomo 2,166.56 +39
101st Dimitar Danchev 1,564.79 +35
106th Matt Waxman 1,554.24 +130
167th Victor Ramdin 1,327.19 +35
195th Zachary Korik 1,259.69 +89
232nd Greg Ronaldson 1,182.67 +41
240th Jeff Gross 1,165.28 +41
243rd Ty Reiman 1,155.41 +50
246th Maria Ho 1,145.96 +41

Martin Finger fell the furthest this week. His two cashes from the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final aged into Period 2.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
131st Andrew Badecker 1,472.97 -81
152nd McLean Karr 1,386.69 -43
158th Guillaume Darcourt 1,367.68 -42
178th Vyacheslav Igin 1,300.33 -73
183rd Martin Finger 1,287.53 -89
185th Sergio Castelluccio 1,278.01 -62
204th Matt Glantz 1,249.32 -46
263rd Marco Leonzio 1,120.19 -41
276th Rupert Elder 1,088.37 -55
283rd Alex Queen 1,070.06 -41

To look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website. While you're at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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