Global Poker Index: Shannon Shorr Nears the Top 10

Shannon Shorr

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. There were no changes in the top 10 this week, keeping Dan Smith just ahead of Marvin Rettenmaier for the top spot. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

Top 10 as of January 21, 2013

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Dan Smith3,335.01--
2Marvin Rettenmaier3,295.55--
3Jason Mercier3,078.06--
4Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier3,052.95--
5Andrew Lichtenberger2,955.58--
6Joseph Cheong2,927.17--
7Mike Watson2,850.10--
9Vanessa Selbst2,827.12--
9David Sands2,809.81--
10Steve O'Dwyer2,785.22--

Although the top 10 remained the same, Shannon Shorr is closing in after jumping nine spots to No. 12. After chopping a $10,000 no-limit hold'em six-max side event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Shorr earned the victory for $160,610.

Welcome to the GPI

Three players are new to this week's GPI, led by Nam Le at No. 272 after his 13th-place result at the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at the Bicycle Casino.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Nam Le1,138.91272nd
Terrence Chan1,128.72278th
Daniele Mazzia1,089.64298th

Falling from the GPI this week were Bruno Fitoussi, Oliver Speidel, and Roland Israelashivili.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Timothy Chang. He took seventh place (for $21,180) in a $2,000 no-limit hold'em side event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and now has a full complement of five Period 1 scores.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
42ndJason Koon2,096.64+34
119thManig Loeser1,566.60+25
154thJoe Tehan1,455.65+56
178thDan Kelly1,375.91+14
181stRamzi Jelassi1,369.51+22
199thSean Jazayeri1,320.35+19
221stTimothy Chang1,264.28+68
223rdFrank Rusnak1,258.12+12
263rdPaul Lieu1,155.72+17
269thAmir Lehavot1,143.89+14

Aaron Lim feel the most. His two cashes from the 2012 Aussie Millions aged into Period 3, leaving him with only one result in Period 2.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
183rdJohn Dolan1,360.34-36
195thAndrew Chen1,341.04-18
200thSalman Behbehani1,315.34-18
201stSteve Barshak1,314.58-22
233rdJake Cody1,236.81-18
241stJonathan Little1,207.04-29
247thAdam Geyer1,200.32-22
249thRay Qartomy1,195.77-23
294thJoseph Couden1,097.01-18
299thAaron Lim1,088.46-42

What's In Store?

The live circuit has picked back up as a slew of critical events are taking place this month. Many more are on the horizon. The NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship begins Thursday, while the 2013 Aussie Millions is under way. The World Poker Tour is also back in action with Borgata Winter Poker Open. Only two events will be GPI eligible before the Main Event, which won't be reflected until next week, but we suspect that Aaron Massey will crack the top 300 after winning a $1,000 no-limit hold'em re-entry event for $57,326.

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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