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Global Poker Index: Dan Smith Vaults into 2014 POY Top 10

Global Poker Index: Dan Smith Vaults into 2014 POY Top 10 0001

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.

During the 2014 World Series of Poker, the GPI will be releasing new lists twice each week to reflect the increased movement thanks to the many events being played. For a look at all of the lists, visit the official GPI website. Meanwhile, here at PokerNews we’ll continue updating you each week about changes happening both to the 2014 GPI Player of the Year rankings and to the overall GPI Top 300.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Alex Bilokur1064.46-
2Keven Stammen1000.51-
3Mustapha Kanit940.52-
4Scott Seiver875.96+2
5Jason Mercier866.04+4
6Daniel Negreanu824.52+4
7George Danzer815.17+1
8Dan Smith806.00+16
9Ole Schemion803.06-5
10Jeff Madsen799.44+4

Alex Bilokur maintained his lead in the GPI Player of the Year race for the third week running, with Keven Stammen and Mustapha Kanit still right behind him.

Daniel Negreanu moved up a few more spots to #6, while Dan Smith jumped from #24 to #8 after earning first-place points in the 2014 Bellagio $100K Summer Super High Roller following a four-handed deal at a point when he had the most chips.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Ole Schemion3899.59+1
2Vanessa Selbst3893.09-1
3Daniel Negreanu3683.13-
4Dan Smith3603.40+2
5Scott Seiver3554.10-1
6Byron Kaverman3528.56-1
7Erik Seidel3398.53-
8Philipp Gruissem3370.01-
9Paul Volpe3301.16+3
10Alex Bilokur3261.38-1

There wasn't a lot of movement among the top 10 of the GPI 300 this week. Ole Schemion and Vanessa Selbst did trade spots at the very top while Paul Volpe moved back into the top 10.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
189John Hennigan1870.46
215Jesse Martin1824.26
233Blake Bohn1788.69
240Jan Sjavik1772.94
243Daniel Colman1762.22
245Justin Conley1758.34
257Anthony Gargano1732.12
269Josh Arieh1702.79
274Salman Behbehani1695.92
276Ryan Spittles1686.12
282Giuliano Bendinelli1678.09
291John Dibella1658.36
295Bryan Campanello1643.78
297Roman Korenev1637.51

Jesse Martin made a big jump from #370 all of the way to #215 this week thanks in large part to his third-place finish in the Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players Championship, with John Hennigan's win in the same event carrying him from #352 to #189. And while Daniel Colman's victory in Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop didn't earn him any GPI points, a 19th-place finish in Event #49: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em this week helped move him from #382 to #243.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
276Ryan Spittles1686.12+169
189John Hennigan1870.46+163
215Jesse Martin1824.26+155
257Anthony Gargano1732.12+153
103Kevin MacPhee2210.40+149

Considering those in the current GPI Top 300 who have enjoyed the biggest gains over the last week, making a bigger leap even than Hennigan and Martin was Ryan Spittles after cashing in both the "Monster Stack" and a $1,500 NLHE event over recent days.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
251Chris Moorman1746.28-112
261Tony Gregg1719.78-99
209Antonio Esfandiari1830.65-89
192Igor Kurganov1861.77-68
275Blair Hinkle1694.16-64

Meanwhile looking within the GPI Top 300 for the biggest drops, one sees heroes of the last couple of WSOPs slipping a bit after their big scores from previous summers become less valuable as the calendar turns.

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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