The Weekly GPI Movers and Shakers!

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Dan Smith has increased his lead slightly at the top of the Global Poker Index top 300 tournament player rankings. If anything the players in third and fourth have started to close the gap on Mervin Rettenmaier in second place.

There was not much movement throughout the rest of the top ten apart from Bryn Kenney coming into the top ten after moving up one place from eleventh and Steve O’Dwyer also moving up one place. Mike Watson was the man that fell out of the top ten.

The Global Poker Index is quite rightly recognised as the world’s number one ranking system for live poker tournament players. They calculate their rankings dependent on each player’s tournament history and performances throughout the last three years.

The Current Top 10

Dan Smith – 3,340.95

Marvin Rettenmaier – 3,112.01

Jason Mercier – 3,078.06

Bertrand Grospellier – 3,057.06

Joseph Cheong – 2,927.17

Andrew Lichtenberger – 2,892.60

Vanessa Selbst – 2,816.39

David Sands – 2,809.81

Steve O’Dwyer – 2,790.15

Bryn Kenney – 2,786.57

Outside of the top ten is where most of the changes were made this week. There were nine players who came into the top 300, whilst quite obviously nine that fell from it.

The biggest name coming in was Andrew Robl who dominated and won the Aussie Millions $100k Challenge last week. He jumped straight in at 172nd. He was joined by the likes of Jeff Lisandro, Samantha Cohen and Lee Markholt.

Jumpers And Fallers!

The player that climbed the highest number of places this week was Hui Chen-Kuo moving up a staggering 81 positions into 146th after enjoying a very successful Aussie Millions. Others that made significant gains included Phil Ivey as he moved into the 55th position and Frank Rusnak who also did well in Australia last week to move into 110th position. 2013 has got off to a great start thanks to the Aussie’s ability to put on one of the best events of year famous for its high stake tournament buy-ins.

It was Mick Graydon who fell the furthest down the rankings this week, with him dropping 72 positions into 294th. Nacho Barbero, Erik Cajelais, Ray Qartomy and Ben Vinson also suffered drops down the leader board.

With the European Poker Tour Deauville currently ongoing though, we are sure to see even further changes by the time we run our next update on the Global poker Index rankings. Rettenmaier is going well in the newly started High Roller event, so could he possibly start challenging for the number one spot again?

We like to keep a firm eye on the GPI rankings, as it really is the only way to determine just who the best players are and why. Check back with us for our next update next week. Can anyone dislodge Dan Smith for from the number one spot for the first time in eight months?