Every week the Global Poker Index releases to the public its list of who the top 300 tournament players found in the world are. This is done by simply calculating each player’s tournament history for a period of three years.
Well, this week hasn’t seen too much change right at the top of the pile as Dan Smith is still out in front of Jason Mercier; however the race is getting extremely tight between the two of them. With less than two months of the year left, it will be interesting to see what events each player takes part in and whether the results will play a significant part determining who will be at the top at the end of the year best tournament player.
There was no real changes in rankings between the top four, with Marvin Rettenmaier tucked in behind those two and Bertrand Grospellier a little further back in fourth.
There was a little bit of change throughout the rest of the top ten players though as Steve O’Dwyer traded places with Andrew Lichtenberger and Mike Watson leapfrogged both Phil Hellmuth and David Sands.
Current GPI Top Ten!
1. Dan Smith – 3,041.92
2. Jason Mercier – 2,891.05
3. Marvin Rettenmaier – 2,758.57
4. Bertrand Grospellier – 2,682.86
5. Steve O’Dwyer – 2,546.84
6. Phillip Gruissem – 2,515.25
7. Andrew Lichtenberger – 2,453.78
8. Phil Hellmuth – 2,421.95
9. David Sands – 2,409.74
Further back in the rankings we saw some new players introduced, with Jeffrey Rossiter coming in at the highest ranking of 112th. There were six players in total with them replacing a few notable names such as Brian Hastings and Eric Baldwin in the top 300.
The player that managed to make the biggest progress up the rankings was Jonathan Karamalikis who just recently won an event at the ACOP; he took down $32,000 for the win and finds himself jumping 152 places into 107th on the GPI rankings.
Ole Schemion also had a good week; he managed to jump up 126 places in the rankings to currently sit in 89th place.
However, where players rise, others fall with the biggest of them this week being two players in fact. David Peters fell 35 places from 45th to 80th and Fernando Brito also fell 35 places from 107th to 142nd. Both of these drops are due to previous results in the three year records maturing.
With a few major tournaments still to go until the end of the year, it is certainly going to be interesting to see if Dan Smith can in fact hold off Jason Mercier. We will be sure to keep you fully updated as the GPI rankings are released each week.