Despite us seeing in a new year, there has not been much change at the top in the Global Poker Index world’s top 300 tournament poker players. The GPI use a ranking system that awards points based on performances in poker tournaments for the past three years for each and every player.
There has been no change amongst the top four, with Dan Smith still heading the list from Marvin Rettenmeier after they both had an excellent 2012. Both of those two currently sit quite comfortably ahead of everyone else, with them being almost 300 points clear of both Jason Mercier and Bertrand Grosspellier in third and fourth respectively.
In fact the only changes in the top ten saw Joseph Cheong, Vanessa Selbst and David Sands move up a spot each and Andrew Lichtenberger falling one place whilst Mike Watson dropped a couple of places down to 10th.
The Current Top Ten!
Dan Smith – 3340.95
Marvin Rettenmeier – 3305.80
Jason Mercier – 3078.06
Bertrand Grospellier – 3057.06
Joseph Cheong – 2927.18
Andrew Lichtenberger – 2892.60
Vanessa Selbst – 2816.39
David Sands – 2809.81
Michael Watson – 2805.54
Stephen O’Dwyer – 2785.22
New Entries Into The Top 300!
As always there were some new arrivals into the top 300, with this week seeing six players jumping into the rankings. We had Tam Truong, Nicholas Verkaik, Aku Joentausta, Bruno Fitaoussi, Josh Brikis and Ari Engel. The latter actually entered the top 300 in the highest position by landing in 276th place.
Those players obviously had to replace six others with the notables being Aaron Lim, Steven van Zadelhoff, Barry Hutter and the super friendly Nam Le.
The Movers And Shakers!
Whilst there was not much movement in the top ten, there was plenty of it elsewhere in the top 300. The player that made the largest jump up the rankings was Frank Rusnak, after his 4th place finish in one of the side events at the Aussie Millions. He jumped up 67 places to land in 156th which was one gain more than Ty Reiman who leaped 66 places into 89th. Other big gainers included Liv Boeree, Jake Bazely and Hui Chen-Kuo.
Moving in the opposite direction were players such as Jean-Noel Thorel, Grant Levy, Andrea Dato and David Steicke. The latter actually fell the furthest amount of places after dropping 60 places into 225th.
We like to keep our eyes on the Global Poker Index to see just who is performing and who is suffering in the world of poker tournaments. We like to regularly produce a report on the updated rankings, so if you also like to be kept informed, check with us regularly to find out.