Global Poker Index: Former No. 1 Dan Smith Falls From The Top 10

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

Top 10 as of March 11, 2013

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Marvin Rettenmaier3,269.67--
2Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier2,985.81+2
3Jason Mercier2,963.49-1
4Mike Watson2,915.02+1
5Joseph Cheong2,904.72+1
6Bryn Kenney2,842.37+1
7Philipp Gruissem2,838.76+1
8Vanessa Selbst2,788.75+2
9Michael Mizrachi2,742.89+2
10David Sands2,701.74+3

Dropping out of the top 10 this week is former No. 1 Dan Smith (now No. 11). His seventh-place finish in the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event for €178,496 aged into Period 2, and for the first time in what seems like an eternity, Smith's Period 1 is devoid of any six-figure scores.

Welcome to the GPI

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Daniel Neilson1,115.18291st
Nicolas Cardyn1,109.46295th
Brandon Meyers1,109.41296th
Daniel Idema1,108.28297th
Michel Abecassis1,105.97298th
Dani Stern1,104.01300th

Falling from the GPI this week were Alexander Kravchenko, Paul Guichard, Ryan Eriquezzo, Vyacheslav Igin, Dmitry Gromov, and Eric Sfez.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Barry Hutter, who scored a fifth-place finish in an $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry tournament at the 2013 Battle at the Beach.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
68thOlivier Busquet1,854.31+20
76thIsmael Bojang1,819.65+27
139thJeff Hakim1,524.06+32
161stGiacomo Fundaro1,449.70+19
195thSalman Behbehani1,308.99+27
210thBen Vinson1,271.64+21
213thChris DeMaci1,266.72+13
244thJean-Noel Thorel1,189.46+13
256thBarry Hutter1,171.83+40
267thRoland Israelashvili1,150.75+18

Adam Geyer took the biggest fall this week. His 18th-place finish in last year's Bay 101 Championship Event aged into Period 3.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
113thDavid Benyamine1,626.62-38
146thDan O'Brien1,510.99-34
150thRamin Hajiyev1,504.50-51
222ndOzzy Sheikh1,239.53-37
236thTom Alner1,204.64-38
237thTristan Wade1,200.92-42
258thDan Kelly1,161.16-54
263rdTomeu Gomila1,154.19-47
279thDavid Steicke1,134.02-34
299thAdam Geyer1,105.12-62

GPI Fantasy Poker Value Pick of the Week

With the recent launch of the GPI Fantasy Poker Manager on Facebook, we thought we'd lend a helping hand in putting together your roster.

Here's how the GPI Fantasy Poker Manager works: Much like other fantasy sports, you are given a budget with which to pick a number of poker players for your team. When these poker players finish in the money of real poker events, you are awarded points. Finish with the most points and you win. It's that simple.

We'll be providing at least one "value" pick each week for your fantasy poker team. Here's our top selections for the EPT London High Roller, which begins later today and can be followed via live coverage on PokerNews.

Sam Trickett — 46,400: The bigger the buy-in, the better Trickett seems to perform. Already with a win in the AU$250,000 No-Limit Hold'em Challenge this year (for AU$2,000,000), Trickett is a must-own player.

Viktor Blom — 12,300: Sure, it isn't tournaments that Blom crushes regularly. However, take a look at his tournament results and you'll be surprised. With a win in the PCA Super High Roller and most recently (and by recently we mean yesterday) a nice run in the EPT London Main Event before busting 44th, there's nothing to lose by picking up Blom at such a cheap price.

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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