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Global Poker Index: Dan Smith Back on Top

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  • Dan Smith is back atop the Global Poker Index after a final table at the WSOP coupled with aging scores for Ole Schemion.

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player’s results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list, visit the official GPI website.

Top 10 as of June 17, 2015

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Dan Smith4,071.58+2
2Scott Seiver3,761.27-
3Ole Schemion3,684.22-2
4Bryn Kenney3,653.66-
5Pratyush Buddiga3,643.84+4
6Davidi Kitai3,588.16-1
7Stephen Chidwick3,586.36-
8Sorel Mizzi3,514.11+2
9Anthony Zinno3,500.82+14
10Byron Kaverman3,490.39-4

Back on top of the GPI rankings is Dan Smith. His third-place finish in Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship at the 2015 World Series of Poker replaced a lesser score in his Period 1 slate to boost his overall score. Still, that wasn't enough to bump Ole Schemion from the top spot by itself. A combination of aging scores dropped Schemion, ending his three-week run at the top.

Biggest Gains Within the Top 100

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
+49Jonathan Little3,003.9735
+29Brian Hastings2,644.8071
+27Scott Clements3,333.6116
+21Hans Winzeler2,612.3874
+16Jake Bazeley2,781.0856

Jonathan Little made the biggest climb in the Top 100 this week, rising 49 places following his sixth-place finish in Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed.

Biggest Drops Within the Top 100

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
-32Ivan Soshnikov2,409.7989
-21Max Silver2,802.2351
-21Andrew Lichtenberger2,555.2479
-21Dylan Linde2,362.6796
-15Martin Jacobson2,900.8842

Ivan Soshnikov took the biggest fall in the Top 100 this week as two of his scores from the PCA aged from Period 1 to Period 2.

Biggest Gains Overall

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
+327Jesse Sylvia1,750.54257
+274Stuart Rutter1,854.46217
+198Jorryt van Hoof1,655.95288
+157Bobby Oboodi1,665.30285
+154David "ODB" Baker1,781.81243
+153TY Reiman1,966.74172
+120Shaun Deeb1,966.08173
+109Chris Hunichen1,969.94171

The biggest overall gain belonged to Jesse Sylvia, thanks to three WSOP cashes in the span of a few days, the best of which was an 18th-place finish in the aforementioned Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed.

Biggest Drops Overall

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
-139Alex Bilokur1,675.06282
-125Henrik Hecklen1,755.72254
-99Jeremy Kottler1,708.25265
-78Andrea Dato1,887.07204
-78Kevin Eyster1,706.54266
-72Jonas Lauck1,774.18247
-67Govert Metaal1,817.70232
-66Jason Helder1,685.29276

Taking the biggest tumble this week Alex Bilokur. His bracelet win at the 2014 WSOP in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em championship aged into Period 3.

What to Expect Next Week

A return to the Top 10 could be in the cards for Paul Volpe, who took sixth place of Event #37: $10,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Championship. Doug Polk (currently ranked No. 125) finished runner-up, and could make a run for the top 50. Meanwhile, Brian Hastings is currently heads-up in Event #39: $1,500 Ten-Game Mix, so he'll be sure to rise from his No. 71 ranking.

To view both the 2015 Player of the Year and GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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