Dan Smith is one of the hottest poker players when it comes to live tournaments and his performance in 2014 brought him to the top of the Global Poker Index leaderboards. He surged all the way up to first place in the GPI 300 Top 10 and came just as close to taking the lead in the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race. Recent results show that he lost a couple of points in both leaderboards and allowed Ole Schemion to overtake him, with the German being now just three points shy of crossing the psychological threshold of 400 points.
Check out the GPI 300 Top 10 below:
1. Ole Schemion – 3997
2. Dan Smith – 3907
3. Daniel Negreanu – 3765
4. Scott Seiver – 3580
5. Byron Kaverman – 3497
6. Jason Mercier –3494
7. Paul Volpe – 3460
8. Erik Seidel – 3417
9. Alex Bilokur – 3385
10. Martin Jacobsen – 3264
Ole Schemion is quite comfortable with leading the GPI 300 Top 10 and he is slowly but surely clawing his way back to the top of the 2014 GPI Player of the Year. This leaderboard was dominated for most of the year by Keven Stammen who started the year on the right foot by making deep runs in January and February tournaments. Even so, he lost the lead to Alex Bilokur and will need to make the money in a main event soon, to avoid sinking even further.
Dan Smith is in third, within striking distance and needs just 33 points to cross the barrier into the 3-digit area, followed by Scott Seiver and Ole Schemion. Bilokur’s position was never in actual danger since the World Series of Poker ended in July, but things could change radically when poker returns to Europe in mid-August with the European Poker Tour.
This is how the 2014 GPI Player of the Year looks like:
12 new players joined the elite group and they will be trying to improve their positions enough to enter the top 100. Among those who are now a part of the Global Poker Index, we can find poker pro Jake Cody who reentered the competitive arena after a one year break. He made an impressive comeback by reaching the final table of the Florida State Poker Championships, where he finished 2nd to claim $76,960.