Global Poker Index: "King" Dan Smith Rises to the Top

Dan Smith

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes a player's results over six half-year periods. While the player in the No.1 spot has changed multiple times, it's usually been Jason Mercier and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier jockeying for position in what had been a two-horse race. Dan Smith now sits alone atop the GPI. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of October 29, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Dan Smith3,056.84+5
2Jason Mercier2,913.38-1
3Marvin Rettenmaier2,766.21--
4Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier2,744.54-2
5Andrew Lichtenberger2,545.70--
6Philipp Gruissem2,531.40-2
7Steve O'Dwyer2,487.96--
8Phil Hellmuth2,421.95--
9Vanessa Selbst2,404.80+1
10Mike Watson2,400.12-1

It was only a matter of time before Dan Smith's six- and seven-figure scores began to pay off on the GPI front. Smith earned three first-place finishes (each six figures) at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final in April. Two of those scores aged and instantly boosted his Period 2 score, while not affecting his Period 1 much as he still has three six-figures results to go along with one seven-figure pay day. Get used to seeing Smith atop the GPI.

Welcome to the GPI

Sixteen players are new to this week's rankings, led by Tim West and Dominik Nitsche. West recently finished in seventh place at the Festa al Lago Main Event for $40,469, giving his Period 1 a much-needed boost. Nitsche, meanwhile, topped a 230-player field in the WPT South Africa Main Event for $206,153.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Tim West1,274.02186th
Dominik Nitsche1,254.77199th
Ray Qartomy1,136.01253rd
Justin Conley1,118.94264th
Chady Ojeil1,067.58284th
Kunal Patel1,066.79285th
Igor Yaroshevsky1,063.35287th
Arnaud Mattern1,061.38288th
Jake Bazeley1,057.30289th
Eric Baldwin1,057.27290th
Stephane Albertini1,048.82291st
Marko Neumann1,047.69293rd
Mike Wattel1,047.58294th
Kunimaro Kojo1,044.37296th
David Bach1,042.31298th
Marc Inizan1,041.49299th

Aaron Jones, Anatoly Gurtovy, David Paredes, Hoyt Corkins, Nacho Barbero, Justin Zaki, Kevin Vandersmissen, Lucille Cailly, Matt Stout, Maxi Lehmanski, Max Lykov, Mikhail Petrov, Pratyush Buddiga, Roman Romanovskyi, Simeon Naydenov, and Zoltan Szabo fell from the GPI this week.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Matt Waxman following his runner-up showing in the Festa al Lago Main Event for $273,944.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
20thJustin Bonomo2,166.56+39
101stDimitar Danchev1,564.79+35
106thMatt Waxman1,554.24+130
167thVictor Ramdin1,327.19+35
195thZachary Korik1,259.69+89
232ndGreg Ronaldson1,182.67+41
240thJeff Gross1,165.28+41
243rdTy Reiman1,155.41+50
246thMaria Ho1,145.96+41

Martin Finger fell the furthest this week. His two cashes from the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final aged into Period 2.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
131stAndrew Badecker1,472.97-81
152ndMcLean Karr1,386.69-43
158thGuillaume Darcourt1,367.68-42
178thVyacheslav Igin1,300.33-73
183rdMartin Finger1,287.53-89
185thSergio Castelluccio1,278.01-62
204thMatt Glantz1,249.32-46
263rdMarco Leonzio1,120.19-41
276thRupert Elder1,088.37-55
283rdAlex Queen1,070.06-41

To look at 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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