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Global Poker Index: Dan Smith Remains On Top; Mike Watson Hits No. 6

Mike Watson

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes a player's results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

Top 10 as of February 18, 2013

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Dan Smith3,209.14--
2Marvin Rettenmaier3,085.58--
3Jason Mercier3,061.86--
4Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier3,049.17--
5Joseph Cheong2,927.17--
6Mike Watson2,915.02+4
7Bryn Kenney2,901.40--
8Andrew Lichtenberger2,892.60-2
9Vanessa Selbst2,816.39-1
10David Sands2,809.81-1

Although players in the top 10 did not change, Mike Watson jumped up four places to No. 6. His third-place finish in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller event (for $490,847) aged into Period 2. Watson's Period 1, however, is stacked with excellent results, giving his Period 2 a solid boost with this aging score. Dan Smith won that event, meaning his result also aged. He dropped a few points but still holds down the fort at No. 1.

Welcome to the GPI

Four players are new to this week's GPI, led by Benny Spindler at No. 234. Spindler took 2nd out of 31 entrants (for €77,500) in a €10,600 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller at the European Poker Festival - GPT VI.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Benny Spindler1,226.40234th
Philippe Boucher1,176.19256th
Matt Giannetti1,143.38274th
Frederik Jensen1,099.26300th

Falling from the GPI this week were Aku Joentausta, Jean-Philippe Rohr, Max Greenwood, and Morten Mortensen.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Darryll Fish, following his third-place finish at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open for $125,921.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
57thMatt Salsberg1,960.07+35
82ndVladimir Troyanovskiy1,813.87+21
92ndDwyte Pilgrim1,738.10+25
137thDarryll Fish1,562.43+66
151stAna Marquez1,478.05+65
154thAndrea Dato1,466.64+37
173rdTim West1,390.85+41
18stOzzy Sheikh1,369.45+37
255thAri Engel1,177.22+21

Taking the biggest fall this week was Joni Jouhkimainen. His third-place finish in the EPT Barcelona Main Event last August (for €404,050) aged into Period 2.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
98thJoni Jouhkimainen1,709.35-44
112thZimnan Ziyard1,633.45-32
135thYury Gulyy1,567.69-38
168thAndrey Zaichenko1,413.86-29
172ndMax Silver1,396.17-27
175thIsmael Bojang1,387.11-35
188thTomeu Gomila1,351.88-25
210thRodrigo Caprioli1,296.49-27
243rdDan Murariu1,200.27-33
260thJake Cody1.165.99-29

GPI Fantasy Poker Value Pick of the Week

With the recent launch of the GPI Fantasy Poker Manager on Facebook, we thought we'd lend a helping hand in putting together your roster.

Here's how the GPI Fantasy Poker Manager works. Much like other fantasy sports, you are given a budget with which to pick a number of poker players for your team. When these poker players finish in the money of real poker events, you are awarded points. Finish with the most points and you win. It's that simple.

We'll be providing at least one "value" pick each week for your fantasy poker team. Here's our top selection for the WPT LA Poker Classic, which begins Saturday.

Chris Tryba - 16,550: With two final tables made among his four cashes at the LAPC thus far, Tryba is on his game heading into the Main Event.

To look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website. While you're at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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