Global Poker Index: David "Doc" Sands Rejoins the Top 10 of the GPI 300

Posted at 19:01 2013-09-20 by Rich Ryan

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. The GPI also ranks the top performers of the year over two six-month periods as calculated by the USA Today Global Poker Index point system.

For a look at both lists, visit the official GPI website.

2013 GPI Player of the Year

1Ole Schemion892.40--
2Daniel Negreanu875.96--
3Mike Watson836.80--
4Paul Volpe814.81--
5Steven Silverman786.11--
6Jonathan Duhamel768.24 
7Steve O'Dwyer767.53--
8Bryn Kenney764.21--
9Marvin Rettenmaier761.50+1
10David Peters736.55-1

There was no major change this week in the top 10 of the GPI Player of the Year race. David Peters and Marvin Rettenmaier switched spots at the bottom of the list, as Retteinmaier won the Eurasian Poker Tour Main Event for $73,930. Peters hasn’t cashed since July, when he won the Bellagio Cup for $355,093.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Marvin Rettenmaier3254.38--
2Daniel Negreanu3187.66--
3Jason Mercier3149.04--
4Philipp Gruissem3070.49--
5Joseph Cheong3040.17--
6Ole Schemion3031.88--
7Steve O'Dwyer3011.551
8David Sands2986.753
9Mike Watson2973.16-2
10Igor Kurganov2906.90-1

Like the Player of the Year race, there wasn’t much shakeup in the top 10 of the GPI 300. Sands, who won the Festa Al Lago Main Event for $82,935 moved up three spots to No. 8. Steve O’Dwyer moved up one spot to No. 7, and Mike Watson and Igor Kurganov fell to No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

Falling out of the top 10 this week is Paul Volpe (No. 11), who has only cashed once since the World Series of Poker.

Welcome to the GPI

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Sam Chartier1301.25263
John Dolan1286.87277
Alexander Condon1249.75298
Steve Watts1249.30299
Rasmus Agerskov Larsen1249.10300

French-Canadian Sam Chartier jumps back into the GPI 300, and currently sits at No. 263. Chartier finished 12th in the EPT Barcelona High Roller for $38,927 and runner-up in the Dakar Poker Tour High Roller for $23,906.

2010 November Niner John Dolan also rejoins this GPI 300 this week at No. 277. Dolan finished fourth in a side event at the World Series of Poker Circuit IP Biloxi stop, earning $4,931.

Exiting the GPI are Stephen Bokor, Rodger Johnson, Phil Laak, Christopher Frank, and Jon Turner.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
40Griffin Benger2238.7744
129Jeff Gross1677.1833
167Jared Jaffee1520.5337
195Matthias De Meulder1433.1336
203Guy Goossens1418.9137
226Mike Gagliano1378.4149
230Jesse Yaginuma1367.3057
239Barry Greenstein1344.7746
242Ryan Welch1341.9534

With a runner-up finish in a $1,500 Borgata Poker Open, Jesse Yaginuma jumps up 57 spots to No. 230 this week. Yaginuma earned $25,710 for his deep finish, and has over half of a million dollars in earnings this year.

Also making big jumps were Team PokerStars Pros Barry Greenstein and Matthias De Meulder. Greenstein recently cashed in a small event at the 2013 Legends of Poker, and De Meulder hasn’t cashed since the WSOP, but has over a half of a million dollars in earnings the last three years.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
165Paul Berende1528.38-38
248Kent Lundmark1326.11-60
281Sergio Espina1279.06-75

Kent Lundmark, who made one of the biggest jumps last week, plummets 60 spots this week, while Sergio Espina and Paul Berende also took hits.

To view 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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