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Global Poker Index: Selbst Back in Overall Top 10, Lisandro Leaps Up, Smith Leads

Vanessa Selbst

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-
2Mustapha Kanit3567.62-
3Jason Mercier3545.77+2
4Scott Seiver3480.86-1
5Daniel Colman3444.90-1
6Jacob Schindler3384.02+2
7Keven Stammen3278.36-1
7Alex Bilokur3276.21-1
9Ole Schemion3144.31-
10Ami Barer3068.13-

Dan Smith continues to lead the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race after another relatively quiet week. Among the top 10, both Jason Mercier and Jacob Schindler managed to move up a couple of spots from their positions a week ago. While currently fifth-ranked Daniel Colman collected yet another big cash prize this week by picking up £600,000 ($959,622) for his victory in the World Poker Tour Alpha8 London event, that win is not reflected in this week’s rankings.

Indeed, there was little movement among the entire top 50 in the POY race, although as mentioned last week results from the 2014 UKIPT Isle of Man, 2014 EPT Season 11 London, and the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific should start to affect the rankings as the year begins to wind toward its close.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Dan Smith4100.61-
2Ole Schemion4021.84-
3Daniel Negreanu3896.21-
4Jason Mercier3816.58-
5Scott Seiver3648.91-
6Byron Kaverman3570.64-
7Alex Bilokur3559.04-
8Davidi Kitai3472.94-
9Stephen Chidwick3427.21-
10Vanessa Selbst3317.04+4

Meanwhile in the overall GPI rankings the top nine positions remained unchanged while Vanessa Selbst climbed from No. 14 to No. 10 to reclaim a spot inside the top 10 after three months. Selbst's spent two weeks atop the GPI rankings back in June.

Since the GPI rankings began in early 2011, Selbst has consistently remained inside the top 50 aside from a brief three-week period in September 2013, spending nearly all of her time in the GPI's top 20.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
203Jeff Lisandro1863.45
254Marcel Luske1738.22
267Hans Winzeler1722.48
297Oleksandr Gnatenko1658.04
298Richard Dubini1657.12
299Vladimir Schemelev1657.11
300Andy Frankenberger1654.70

There are seven new names in the Top 300 this week, including several previously-ranked players making a return, among them a couple of well-decorated pros who have enjoyed recent success.

Marcel Luske was boosted from No. 311 to No. 254 this week after finishing third in the 2014 World Poker Tour National Valkenburg Main Event won by Niels van Leeuwen. And Jeff Lisandro jumped from No. 312 to No. 203 by winning his sixth career WSOP bracelet in the AU$1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha event at WSOP APAC.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
203Jeff Lisandro1863.45+109
167Miroslav Alilovic1982.92+79
267Hans Winzeler1722.48+70
147John Dolan2078.20+65
297Oleksandr Gnatenko1658.04+64

The WSOP APAC win meant Lisandro enjoyed the biggest gain this week among those in the Top 300. Miroslav Alilovic also moved up significantly after taking second in the No-Limit Hold'em France Poker Series High Roller event in Mandelieu La Napoule.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
295Timothy Adams1660.73-129
266Daniel Weinman1722.90-79
210Robin Ylitalo1841.07-57
286Niall Farrell1685.90-53
257Hui Chen-Kuo1735.23-53

Finally Timothy Adams dropped the furthest of those remaining in the Top 300 this week, falling from No. 166 to No. 295

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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