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Global Poker Index: Dan Shak Set To Make Top 10 Push

Dan Shak

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. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

Top 10 as of January 28, 2013

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Dan Smith3,340.95--
2Marvin Rettenmaier3,305.80--
3Jason Mercier3,078.06--
4Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier3,057.06--
5Joseph Cheong2,927.17+1
6Andrew Lichtenberger2,892.60-1
7Vanessa Selbst2,816.39+1
8David Sands2,809.81+1
9Mike Watson2,805.5-2
10Steve O'Dwyer2,785.22--

Welcome to the GPI

Six players are new to this week's GPI, led by Ari Engel at No. 276. Engel finished fourth out of 93 in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Mix Max Re-Entry event at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Ari Engel1,122.76276th
Josh Brikis1,094.23290th
Bruno Fitoussi1,087.31295th
Aku Joentausta1,085.46296th
Nicholas Verkaik1,084.72298th
Tam Truong1,082.71300th

Falling from the GPI this week were Aaron Lim, Barry Hutter, Dominykas Karmazinas, Manuel Bevand, Nam Le, and Steven van Zadelhoff.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Frank Rusnak. He finished fourth out of 355 for A$40,000 in the A$1,650 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty event at the 2013 Aussie Millions.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
64thJoni Jouhkimainen1,878.55+22
77thMihai Manole1,808.78+24
89thTy Reiman1,706.96+66
156thFrank Rusnak1,432.84+67
171stLie Boeree1,372.21+44
194thJake Bazeley1,331.62+60
206thCraig McCorkell1,290.27+31
227thHui Chen-Kuo1,242.91+57
247thOwen Crowe1,189,96+26
251stTyler Patterson1,178.42+46

Falling the furthest this week is David Steicke. His 26th-place finish in the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event aged into Period 3.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
163rdAnton Wigg1,404.90-35
191stAndrea Dato1,333.26-51
193rdMarco Leonzio1,333.72-47
201stYann Dion1,304.14-45
225thDavid Steicke1,244.93-60
232ndJean-Noel Thorel1,232.79-59
255thKhiem Nguyen1,169.37-42
257thHans Winzeler1,165.33-39
297thGrant Levy1,085.08-54

What's In Store?

More results from the Aussie Millions will take form, including the results from the A$100,000 Challenge and Main Event. One player certain to benefit is Dan Shak. After finishing fourth of 22 in the A$100,000 Challenge for A$237,000, Shak made the final table of the Main Event (yet to be played). Results from the WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event will also be included in next week's rankings. At the final table is Matt Salsberg, currently No. 151 on the GPI. Shak and Salsberg will certainly see their GPI stock rise come next week.

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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