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

Posted 8 days 10 hours ago 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

Rank Player Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 892.40 --
2 Daniel Negreanu 875.96 --
3 Mike Watson 836.80 --
4 Paul Volpe 814.81 --
5 Steven Silverman 786.11 --
6 Jonathan Duhamel 768.24  
7 Steve O'Dwyer 767.53 --
8 Bryn Kenney 764.21 --
9 Marvin Rettenmaier 761.50 +1
10 David Peters 736.55 -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

Rank Player Total Score Rank Change
1 Marvin Rettenmaier 3254.38 --
2 Daniel Negreanu 3187.66 --
3 Jason Mercier 3149.04 --
4 Philipp Gruissem 3070.49 --
5 Joseph Cheong 3040.17 --
6 Ole Schemion 3031.88 --
7 Steve O'Dwyer 3011.55 1
8 David Sands 2986.75 3
9 Mike Watson 2973.16 -2
10 Igor Kurganov 2906.90 -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

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Sam Chartier 1301.25 263
John Dolan 1286.87 277
Alexander Condon 1249.75 298
Steve Watts 1249.30 299
Rasmus Agerskov Larsen 1249.10 300

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

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
40 Griffin Benger 2238.77 44
129 Jeff Gross 1677.18 33
167 Jared Jaffee 1520.53 37
195 Matthias De Meulder 1433.13 36
203 Guy Goossens 1418.91 37
226 Mike Gagliano 1378.41 49
230 Jesse Yaginuma 1367.30 57
239 Barry Greenstein 1344.77 46
242 Ryan Welch 1341.95 34

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

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
165 Paul Berende 1528.38 -38
248 Kent Lundmark 1326.11 -60
281 Sergio Espina 1279.06 -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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