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Global Poker Index: Dan Smith Back at No. 2; Ole Schemion Still Leads

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  • A recent score at the Aria bumps Dan Smith back into second place in the GPI Rankings.

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. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

Top 10 as of June 3, 2015

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Ole Schemion4,136.69-
2Dan Smith4,018.25+1
3Scott Seiver3,964.16-1
4Davidi Kitai3,724.86-
5Byron Kaverman3,709.82-
6Bryn Kenney3,638.97+3
7Jason Mercier3,584.94-1
8Stephen Chidwick3,584.59-1
9Sorel Mizzi3495.18-1
10Dario Sammartino3,432.92+1

Bryn Kenney made the biggest move in the top 10 this week, jumping up three places following his runner-up showing in Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2015 World Series of Poker for $287,870. Meanwhile, Dan Smith rose into the No. 2 position following his fourth-place finish in the $25,000 Aria High Roller IX for $105,840. Both players solidified their Period 1 results.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
211Rep Porter1,840.07
255Ryan Julius1,719.73
275Maria Ho1,643.50
276Matt Marafioti1,642.91
279Nam Le1,634.14
280Corey Hochman1,627.70
283Andre Akkari1,624.99
286Nick Schulman1,610.68
288Nick Pupillo1,607.51
290Greg Merson1,590.84
292Max Pescatori1,585.59
293Leo Wolpert1,584.64
294Robert Mizrachi1,583.21

Rep Porter tops the list of the 13 new players to the GPI Top 300 this week. Porter finished sixth in Event #7: $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship collecting $46,813.

Biggest Gains

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
+245Greg Merson1,590.84290
+184Nam Le1,634.14279
+155Robert Mizrachi1,583.21294
+144Leo Wolpert1,584.64293
+109Corey Hochman1,627.70280
+99Rep Porter1,840.07211
+71Michael Wang2,442.6385
+68David Sands2,108.21135

With the WSOP in full swing, 25 players jumped up 40 or more places this week. The biggest belonged to Greg Merson. The 2012 WSOP Main Event champion didn't have any scores in the last six months, leaving his Period 1 empty. However, two early WSOP cashes have changed that. Merson finished in fourth place in the previously mentioned $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for $152,126, and followed that up with a 35th-place finish in Event #6: $1,000 Hyper No-Limit Hold'em for $6,319.

Biggest Drops

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
-75Vanessa Selbst1,931.16183
-62Joao Simao1,745.26246
-46Leo Fernandez1,646.68274
-45Daniel Strelitz1,746.58244
-44Ian O'Hara1,798.77229
-41Chris Bolek1,955.87178
-40Louis Salter1,875.54202
-35Atanas Kavrakov2,000.59166

Vanessa Selbst took the biggest tumble this week, dropping 75 places. Her bracelet win in the $25,000 Mixed-Max event from the 2014 WSOP aged into Period 3.

What to Expect Next Week

Paul Volpe is currently ranked No. 24 in the GPI rankings, but he's about to make a serious leap forward and contend for a spot in the Top 10. Event #10: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em is down to Volpe and Keith Lehr. With $206,620 locked up and first-place set at $334,430, Volpe's Period 1 is about to received a major boost.

Also, Max Pescatori just cracked the top 300 this week and is primed to charge up the rankings, having just won Event #9: $1,500 Razz for $155,947.

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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