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Global Poker Index: Mercier Moves to No. 2 Behind Dan Smith; Shack-Harris Debuts

Jason Mercier

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-
7Ole Schemion3395.94-
8Jacob Schindler3384.02-
9Keven Stammen3278.36-
10Alex Bilokur3276.21-

A quiet week, tourney-wise, meant zero changes among the top 10 and in fact no movement at all among the top 40 in the 2014 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. This marks the ninth straight week Dan Smith has led the GPI POY standings, with Daniel Colman now remaining just a few points back — a gap easily closed with a single small cash.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Dan Smith4175.80-
2Jason Mercier3814.33+1
3Scott Seiver3783.43+1
4Ole Schemion3703.79-2
5Davidi Kitai3588.84-
6Olivier Busquet3510.06-
7Byron Kaverman3442.07-
8Daniel Negreanu3380.39-
9Stephen Chidwick3337.63+2
10Alex Bilokur3290.57-

Smith likewise remains atop the overall GPI rankings, the 10th-straight week he’s done so, with a few small moves finding Jason Mercier sneak ahead one spot into second position. Meanwhile Stephen Chidwick nudged back into the top 10, claiming a spot vacated by Jacob Schindler who fell from No. 10 to No. 15.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
201Tyler Patterson1859.34
254Viet Van Vo1712.50
279Ben Yu1675.06
290James Collopy1659.79
293Fabian Quoss1651.49
294Alexandru Masek1649.30
295Ludovic Geilich1647.28
298Brandon Shack-Harris1644.75
299Alexander Queen1644.49

After last week’s mass movement seeing 23 newcomers join the overal Top 300, just nine new names appear in the list this week, most edging into spots at the bottom.

Tyler Patterson significantly moved up from No. 304 all the way to No. 201 thanks to a couple of cashes at the recently completed WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond series. And after nearly winning the 2014 World Series of Poker Player of the Year — only falling at the last to George DanzerBrandon Shack-Harris’s appearance at No. 298 this week marks his career debut inside the GPI Top 300.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
201Tyler Patterson1859.34+103
229Chad Eveslage1762.13+71
211Roberto Romanello1822.25+69
254Viet Van Vo1712.50+61
279Ben Yu1675.06+54

Patterson’s charge upwards marked the biggest gain of any of this week’s GPI Top 300 players, with Chad Eveslage also advancing up the leaderboard after cashing in an event at the 2014 Isle Open at the Isle Casino Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
184Yann Dion1939.42-79
278Matias Ruzzi1676.21-68
297Naoya Kihara1644.80-60
216Igor Kurganov1811.78-60
181Paul Berende1943.41-49

Finally Yann Dion fell the furthest of those remaining within the GPI Top 300 this week, slipping from No. 105 down to No. 184.

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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