Smith Just Six Days Away From Being GPI Player Of 2012

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The Global Poker Index has again released its rankings of the top 300 tournament players in the world of poker, with them basing their calculations on each player’s results at eligible tournaments throughout the past three years.

The player that is still at the top is Dan Smith, who by all accounts has had a fantastic year, though the player just behind him has also put in some standout performances throughout 2012. In fact, despite Smith being at the top of the rankings for nearly half the year, he very nearly lost the top spot right near the end of this year after Rettenmaier managed to win the High Roller event at the EPT Prague for a score of $480,698.

In fact there hasn’t been much movement in that top ten this week, mainly due to a lull in the poker action. So we do not expect to see too many changes now before the end of the year, though January should be a completely different story.

The Current Top Ten:

Dan Smith – 3,051.95

Marvin Rettenmaier – 2,942.82

Jason Mercier – 2,784.95

Bertrand Grospellier – 2,730.60

Andrew Lichtenberger – 2,559.76

Phil Hellmuth – 2,527.95

Vanessa Selbst – 2,446.35

David Sands – 2,410.74

Mike Watson – 2,410.21

Steve O’Dwyer – 2,390.22

With regards to the players outside of the top ten, there were far more changes in rank, with some players actually dropping out of the top 300 and being replaced by others. Notable players that have found themselves back amongst the best include Jose Manuel Nadal, Brian Hastings, Eric Froehlich and Andrey Pateychuk.

Players that found themselves falling out of the top 300 included Jason DeWitt, John Hennigan, Mikhail Lakhitov and Zachary Korik, meaning they will have to probably wait for next year before they can climb their way back in.

The biggest jump up the rankings this week was achieved by Tomeu Gomilla, after he climbed a massive 122 positions up into 144th after a superb third place finish in the €1,500 NLHE at the WPT Prague. On the flip side, the biggest drop down the rankings was a tie between two players who fell 64 places, Jason Koon and Terrence Chan falling into 96th and 292nd respectively.

With the New Year just around the corner, it means players will now have to wait a couple of weeks before they will see any substantial changes in the rankings. There are many qualifying tournaments in January, which should ensure change at both the top and bottom of the GPI top 300 tournament players ranking.