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Global Poker Index: Mandavia Moves Up; Grospellier Goes Down; Dan Smith Still Leads

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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.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Dan Smith1249.44-
2Mustapha Kanit1158.69-
3Scott Seiver1137.09-
4Daniel Colman1119.55-
5Jason Mercier1099.02-
6Keven Stammen1092.79-
7Alex Bilokur1071.07-
8Jacob Schindler1056.67-
9Ole Schemion1009.57-
10Ami Barer1003.51-

For the second straight week there was absolutely zero movement among the top 10 of the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race as all 10 players held steady while accumulating no points.

Byron Kaverman made a move from No. 18 to No. 11 this week on the strength of a cash at the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open where he finished 64th. Darren Elias won that event to earn a handsome $843,744 first prize, thereby helping Elias move all of the way up to No. 28 from No. 81 in the POY rankings.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Dan Smith4134.25-
2Ole Schemion3927.33-
3Daniel Negreanu3883.85-
4Jason Mercier3808.03-
5Scott Seiver3558.29-
6Byron Kaverman3519.75-
7Stephen Chidwick3400.18+1
8Davidi Kitai3361.64-1
9Alex Bilokur3344.33+3
10Paul Volpe3247.24-1

There wasn’t a lot of movement atop the overall GPI list this week with the top six spots remaining the same and mostly small moves among those just below. While continuing to lead the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race, Dan Smith has now led the overall rankings for five straight weeks as well.

Meanwhile Alex Bilokur snuck back into the top 10 after having slipped outside of it for a week, reclaiming the spot Olivier Busquet had enjoyed for one week.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
257Ankush Mandavia1754.54
259Bobby Oboodi1744.14
270Victor Sbrissa1722.95
280Matt Affleck1701.75
292Brandon Shane1663.96
298Tom Dobrilovic1654.20
299Ondrej Vinklarek1653.43
300Vladimir Schemelev1653.09

A handful of players pushed their way into the overall top 300 this week, among them Ankush “pistons87” Mandavia (pictured above) who moved from No. 316 to No. 257 this week. That ranking is the highest ever in the GPI for Mandavia.

Mandavia has also continued to enjoy significant online success including chopping Event #23 of the World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars a week-and-a-half ago. Mandavia spoke with PokerNews about that $10,300 buy-in WCOOP tournament in which he earned a career-best score of $585,313.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
259Bobby Oboodi1744.14+154
169Daniel Weinman1979.59+100
118Ray Qartomy2182.54+79
209Sean Winter1840.07+62
257Ankush Mandavia1754.54+59

Bobby Oboodi enjoyed the biggest gain of anyone in this week’s GPI top 300 after catapulting from No. 413 up to No. 259 following his 12th-place showing in the WPT Borgata Poker Open. A 20th-place finish for Daniel Weinman in the same event also helped him move up from No. 269 to No. 169 in the rankings.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
285Marko Newmann1690.75-73
192Joni Jouhkimainen1913.37-55
122Bertrand Grospellier2160.18-48
288Antonio Lafosse1674.25-48
237Miroslav Alilovic1786.62-44

Looking inside this week’s top 300 and who had the biggest drops, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier stands out primarily because his dipping down from No. 74 to No. 122 means he finds himself outside of the GPI top 100 for the first time since the rankings were first tracked in June 2011. Grospellier was ranked No. 1 for a few of those weeks in the summer of 2011, and was still in the top 10 as recently as August 2013.

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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