GPI Player of the Year Race Heating Up

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The Global Poker Index updated their live tournament poker rankings on the 16th of this month and due to a mammoth amount of major tournaments having been played recently, it led to some very interesting changes among them.

Whilst many of the tournaments would have been accounted for, the update came in the middle of some tournaments, so we are expecting further changes in the very next update. Despite this, the changes that have already occurred have shown that Dan Smith may not have the rankings for 2014 sewn up just yet.

This is especially the case in the Player of the Year, where a number of players that have had a great time of it recently are starting to claw him in. Check out the changes in the rankings below, starting with the GPI 300.

Though Dan Smith still finds himself right at the top of the Global Poker Index top 300 tournament rankings, there was plenty of movement in the lower portion of the top ten. First of all Olivier Busquet again forced himself into the top ten by jumping five places from 11th to 6th. This was due to his recent victory at the UKIPT High Roller in London.

Below him saw Davidi Kitai also gain a place into 7th whilst Byron Kaverman and Alec Bilokur fell two places each and Stephen Chidwick dropped one place into 10th.

The GPI300 Top Ten

1st) Dan Smith – 4074.73

2nd) Ole Schemion – 4015.54

3rd) Daniel Negreanu – 3889.56

4th) Jason Mercier – 3814.17

5th) Scott Seiver – 3648.91

6th) Olivier Busquet – 3600.88

7th) Davidi Kitai – 3588.84

8th) Byron Kaverman – 3570.64

9th) Alex Bilokur – 3493.30

10th) Stephen Chidwick – 3370.26

The GPI Player of the Year race also saw some significant changes this time around, though Dan Smith is again still sitting pretty at the very top. He is not sitting quite as pretty as before however as Dan Colman shot three places from 5th to 2nd and is now just a matter of 20 points behind Smith at the moment.

Additionally, the man who has already won the WSOP Player of the Year PokerStars Team Pro George Danzer also made a significant jump of nine places into 10th place. Davidi kitai also leapt up seven places into 9th to ensure that this particular race is going to be an interesting one.

You have Colman who has won more than $22 million on 2014, the current WSOP Player of the Year Danzer all making a late surge for the title.

GPI Player of the Year Top Ten

1st) Dan Smith – 3839.04

2nd) Daniel Colman – 3820.76

3rd) Mustapha Kanit – 3567.62

4th) Jason Mercier – 3545.77

5th) Scott Seiver – 3480.86

6th) Jacob Schindler – 3384.02

7th) Keven Stammen – 3278.36

8th) Alex Bilokur – 3276.21

9th) Davidi Kitai – 3251.01

10th) George Danzer – 3226.87

As already mentioned, more changes are expected in the next update, so could we finally see Smiths, reign at the top of both rankings come to an end? We will all just have to wait and see.