GPI Update – No Change at the Top

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The latest Global Poker Index update was revealed yesterday and for the third week in a row it is still Dan Smith leading both the GPI 300 best live tournament players and the race for the GPI Player of the Year.

The Global Poker Index ranks players in both categories by using a points scoring system for the events that they compete in. The only difference between the two is that the GPI 300 uses points over a three year basis whilst the Player of the Year is obviously just for the current calendar year.

This time around however, there were a few changes to how the points scoring system works. They have now started to count the amount of re-entries a player uses in a re-buy or re-entry tournament.

The GPI 300 once again saw no change right at the very top but there were a few changes in the top ten at least. Those changes were Alex Bilokur moving up two places into 7th whilst Stephen Chidwick went the opposite way down two places into 9th. Additionally, Olivier Busquet once again returns to the top ten in 10th place. Dan Smith is still out in front with a 100 point advantage over Ole Schemion in second place.

As for the rest of the GPI 300, we saw eleven players falling from the 300 and and another eleven replacing them. In come the likes of Fabian Quoss, Zimnan Ziyard and Robert Mizrachi though it was Anton Astapau that entered in the best position of 240th which was also the biggest jump this week too.

GPI 300 Top Ten

1st) Dan Smith – 4173.86

2nd) Ole Schemion – 4070.46

3rd) Daniel Negreanu – 3896.21

4th) Jason Mercier – 3804.85

5th) Scott Seiver                – 3648.91

6th) Byron Kaverman – 3575.23

7th) Alex Bilokur – 3559.04

8th) Davidi Kitai – 3472.94

9th) Stephen Chidwick – 3466.88

10th) Olivier Busquet – 3307.88

As for the player of the year race, there was absolutely no change in the top ten this time around. We do expect that to change in coming weeks with the WSOP Asia Pacific currently taking place and the EPT London which is due to kick off in a couple of weeks time.

Dan Smith is well in the clear in this race right now but with many events and many points up for grabs, it could still all change by the end of the year.

GPI Player of the Year Rankings

1st) Dan Smith – 3839.04

2nd) Mustapha Kanit – 3567.62

3rd) Scott Seiver                – 3480.86

4th) Daniel Colman – 3444.90

5th) Jason Mercier – 3376.36

6th) Keven Stammen – 3278.36

7th) Alex Bilokur – 3276.21

8th) Jacob Schindler – 3230.49

9th) Ole Schemion – 3144.31

10th) Ami Barer – 3068.13

It will be interesting to see if anyone can catch Dan Smith over the next month or so in either category but as it stands he is looking at securing a double win come the end of the year. He has of course been a top class tournament player for some time now and would fully deserve the accolade, though we expect a few more twists and turns just yet.

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