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Global Poker Index: Dan Smith and Ravi Raghavan Move Up in the Top 10

Global Poker Index

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account 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.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

1Vanessa Selbst 383.14
2Alexander Denisov 297.94
3Mike McDonald 277.99
4Ole Schemion 274.37
5Greg Merson 262.02
6Vladimir Schemelev 257.56
7Dan Smith246.71
8Antoine Saout 239.07
9Fabian Quoss 234.10
10Alex Bilokur 232.08

The top 10 of the POY race remains unchanged once again. Outside of the top 10, Canadian Shyam Srinivasan, who reached the final table of the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, moves up 14 spots this week to No. 12.

GPI 300 Top 10

1Ole Schemion3916.90-
2 Daniel Negreanu3846.86-
3Marvin Rettenmaier3776.52-
4Philipp Gruissem3695.52-
5Dan Smith3439.631
6Vanessa Selbst3426.44-1
7Ravi Raghavan3299.153
8Paul Volpe3258.22-1
9Mike McDonald3244.12-1
10Bryn Kenney3239.84-1

While there are no new players among the top 10 of the GPI 300 this week, both Dan Smith and Ravi Raghavan climbed internally. Smith, who cashed in three events at the PCA including the Main Event and the $25,000 High Roller, moves up one spot to No. 5. Raghavan hasn’t cashed yet in 2014, but because of recent results in December and November he surpasses three players to climb up to No. 7.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
202Andrey Pateychuk1725.31
215Jakub Michalak1677.42
232JC Tran1643.25
260Nicolas Cardyn1560.26
274Vojtech Ruzicka1532.23
275Alexander Queen1527.45
277Joao Vieira1524.65
280Anton Wigg1513.14
293Robert Auer1491.04

Nine players enter the GPI 300 this week, including 2013 November Niner JC Tran, Anton Wigg, and Andrew Pateychuk. Tran finished eighth in the Heartland Poker Tour California Main Event, Wigg has already cashed in three side events at EPT Deauville, and Pateychuk has won two events in Cyprus this January.

Pateychuk’s most recent win came in the Merit Poker Winterfest Main Event, where he banked $145,472.

Exiting the GPI 300 are, among others, Alex Kuzmin, Grant Levy, Tommy Vedes, and Adam Levy.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
133Robert Haigh1947.8563
139Kimmo Matias Kurko1926.9365
163Jean-Noel Thorel1841.02121
190Simon Deadman1746.7579
228Artem Metalidi1656.8165

Frenchman Jean-Noel Thorel makes the biggest leap this week, rocketing up 121 spots to No. 163. Thorel finished runner-up in a €2,000 buy-in side event at EPT Deauville for €28,900, and cashed in the FPS High Roller.

Simon Deadman also made some moves, moving up 79 spots before eventually resting at No. 190. Like Thorel, the Brit cashed in the FPS High Roller, finishing runner-up for €87,280.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
132Albert Daher1951.44-31
137David Yan1936.35-34
193Vinny Pahuja1738.84-30
207Alessandro Longobardi1712.77-49
247Darryll Fish1587.52-31
262John Dibella1558.74-31

There weren’t too many big drops in the GPI 300 this week, but Alessandro Longobardi fell the furthest. The Italian sinks 49 spots to No. 207 after failing to cash for six-figures or more for longer than a calendar year.

Kiwi David Yan also takes a bit of a hit, falling 34 spots to No. 137, but with the Aussie Millions underway he’ll have plenty of opportunities to regain some points.

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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