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Global Poker Index: Dan Smith Remains On Top; Negreanu Slips, Still Top 10

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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 Smith3839.04-
2Daniel Colman3820.76-
3Mustapha Kanit3567.62-
4Jason Mercier3545.77-
5Scott Seiver3480.86-
6Davidi Kitai3440.11+3
7Ole Schemion3395.94+6
8Jacob Schindler3384.02-2
9Keven Stammen3278.36-2
10Alex Bilokur3276.21-2

There were no changes among the top five spots this week in the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race with Dan Smith making it eight straight weeks as the leader. Meanwhile Ole Schemion returns to the top 10, replacing George Danzer (No. 11 this week).

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Dan Smith4102.23-
2Ole Schemion3985.01-
3Jason Mercier3814.33+1
4Scott Seiver3645.44+1
5Davidi Kitai3588.84+2
6Olivier Busquet3503.36-
7Byron Kaverman3463.26+1
8Daniel Negreanu3361.16-5
9Alex Bilokur3299.57-
10Jacob Schindler3268.76+2

Smith again keeps his top spot in the overall GPI rankings this week (for the ninth-straight week) with Schemion still his nearest challenger, while Daniel Negreanu took a short tumble from No. 3 to No. 8 this week. As the GPI reports this week, Negreanu has been part of the overall GPI top 10 for 61 of the last 67 weeks.

Also this week Jacob Schindler moved inside the top 10, grabbing the spot vacated by Stephen Chidwick who is currently No. 11.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
144Johnny Lodden2108.07
162Scott Davies2046.59
178Jake Cody1970.16
196Nicolas Chouity1878.53
212Tom Middleton1828.21
226JJ Liu1782.06
244Gary Benson1733.53
245She Wong1733.25
248Frederik Jensen1727.52
255Kevin Saul1716.30
258Zachary Korik1712.74
259Sebastian Pauli1711.42
267Zimnan Ziyard1702.98
268Jesse Sylvia1701.88
280Roberto Romanello1688.56
283Nacho Barbero1684.30
286Mark Dube1672.18
287Marc Daubach1670.83
289Eric Blair1668.98
290Isaac Haxton1666.48
291Ryan Spittles1666.28
294Chris Moorman1660.55
296Liv Boeree1658.78

A whopping 23 players moved up into the GPI Top 300 this week to replace 23 others who fell from the list, a reflection of the busy tournament schedule of late. After slipping from the list last week down to No. 350, Johnny Lodden bounced all of the way back to No. 144 thanks to finishing 10th in the £10,300 EPT London High Roller while also cashing in the £4,250 EPT London Main Event where he took 42nd.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
259Sebastian Pauli1711.42+400
248Frederik Jensen1727.52+241
144Johnny Lodden2108.07+206
196Nicolas Chouity1878.53+241
162Scott Davies2046.59+192

Speaking of that EPT London Main Event, Sebastian Pauli’s victory in that tournament not only earned him a £499,700 first prize but also rewarded him handsomely in terms of GPI points, catapulting him from No. 659 up to No. 259 this week, one of several huge moves made by players earning significant scores in the many recently-completed tournament series.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
276Tamer Kamel1692.90-87
199Justin Young1864.12-63
114Jeremy Ausmus2223.24-59
241Alexander Condon1741.32-59
250Rasmus Agerskov Larsen1724.64-55

The drops this week were relatively less dramatic, with Tamer Kamel falling the most of players keeping their spots within the Top 300, going from No. 189 to No. 276. Among those who slipped from the Top 300 altogether, Steve O’Dwyer (who went from No. 201 to No. 323 this week) is the most notable as it marks the first time he has been outside of the Top 300 since the GPI began in early 2011.

To view 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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