Yet again the GPI or Global Poker Index has released their regular weekly rankings of the very best live tournament poker players, with them providing the top 300. They make use of a calculation of each and every player’s results over a period of the last three years to establish just where each player ranks.
The player that is still at the top, much like he has been for much of the year is Dan Smith, with him having a decent sized gap ahead of Jason Mercier in second place. However, with Mercier still involved in the PokerStars EPT Prague, a good score there could potentially send him into first place.
What is more interesting is the recent surge up the ranks by Phil Hellmuth, who has not been in the top 10 for most of the year, but due to improved recent performances he now finds himself in fourth place. These rankings have not yet taken into account his recent win at the WSOPE win a couple of months back, so who knows where he could end up.
The Current Top 10!
Dan Smith – 3,041.92
Jason Mercier – 2,737.45
Marvin Rettenmaier – 2,723,49
Phil Hellmuth – 2,695.40
Bertrand Grospellier – 2,638.98
Vanessa Selbst – 2,450.39
Michael Mizrachi – 2,441.10
Mike Watson – 2,424.35
Steve O’Dwyer – 2,423.32
Andrew Lichtenberger – 2,361.79
There were 16 new entries into the top 300 this week, with the more notable names being Angel Guillan, Roma Romanovskyi, Joe Ebanks and Jason Somerville. The highest ranking new entry is Roman Romanovskyi who slotted in at 247th.
This also meant that we lost 16 players from the top 300 this week, with the biggest names including Fabian Quoss, Matt Gianetti, Nicolas Levi, Chance Kornuth and the ever aggressive John Eames.
Who Moved Up And Who Fell Down!
There were some major shifts in the rankings this week, with the biggest leap being Dan Murariu who climbed a massive 107 places into 129th place. The biggest drop was experienced by Matt Glantz who fell a similar amount of 100 into 250th place after a disappointing year so far.
Other climbers include Jon Aguiar, Samad Razavi, Jeff Madsen, Terrence Chan and Justin Conley, whilst a handful of the fallers include James Dempsey, John Andreas, Christ DeMaci and the super talkative Chady Ojeil.
With plenty of results set to reflect in the current rankings, we can expect a few changes within the coming weeks before Christmas, so the GPI player of the year is still not set in stone just yet. You could just imagine the ego boost Hellmuth would get if he managed to steal it at the death.