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Global Poker Index: Smith Maintains Lead; Aging WSOP Results On Tap

Dan Smith

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. There was no significant movement toward the top this week, meaning Dan Smith still enjoys a comfortable lead on the pack. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of November 26, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Dan Smith3,041.92--
2Jason Mercier2,891.05--
3Marvin Rettenmaier2,709.42--
4Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier2,677.55--
5Philipp Gruissem2,515.25--
6Andrew Lichtenberger2,450.24--
7Mike Watson2,445.48--
8Steve O'Dwyer2,431.90--
9Phil Hellmuth2,421.95--
10David "Doc" Sands2,409.74--

Welcome To the GPI

Six players are new to this week's GPI, led by Matt Stout at No. 206. Stout finished in seventh place out of 644 entrants in the Borgata Fall Poker Open for $56,637.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Matt Stout1,225.54206th
Salvatore Bonavena1,197.53217th
Paul Lieu1,172.18231st
Carla Solinas1,053.65286th
Ravi Raghavan1,050.50288th
Matt Matros1,047.77291st

The seven players (last week saw a tie at 300 and 301) who fell from the GPI this week were Dan Murariu, Massimo Mosele, Peter Ippolito, Rocco Palumbo, Stephane Albertini, Nick Wong and Nick Yunis.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Jake Bazeley. A constant GPI bubble boy around No. 300, Bazeley has some breathing room (for this week) after his runner-up showing in the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event in Florence, Indiana.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
34thJohn Juanda1,963.53+23
76thBrock Parker1,673.10+31
97thChristian Harder1,563.56+61
113thAndrew Badecker1,516.37+20
126thVinny Pahuja1,492.23+30
158thMatt Glantz1,367.39+41
181stSergio Castelluccio1,281.90+25
197thKenny Hicks1,250.29+57
201stJake Bazeley1,239.80+78
256thJon Aguiar1,128.09+15

Jeffrey Rossiter had the biggest fall this week. He fell 37 places after his third-place finish in the APPT Macau Main Event from 2011 aged into Period 3. The winner of that event, Randy Lew, fell 27 places.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
50thKonstantin Puchkov1,852.82-28
98thScott Clements1,563.21-26
120thGavin Smith1,500.25-28
123rdAubin Cazals1,494.87-23
145thJeffrey Rossiter1,422.33-37
154thDavid Steicke1,390.98-23
168thRandy Lew1,311.10-27
195thCliff Josephy1,251.87-29
223rdVictor Ramdin1,183.27-36
241stJohn Andress1,153.62-25
253rdJean-Philippe Rohr1,131.74-27

What's In Store?

With the World Poker Tour event from Montreal in the books, there will be a few GPI ripples next week. Third-place finisher Jeff Gross will see a nice boost from his current No. 234 standing, while fourth-place finisher Gavin Smith will jump back into the top 100.

Over the next seven weeks, results from the 2012 World Series of Poker will begin to age into Period 2. The effects will be felt next week for Vanessa Selbst (No. 11), Daniel Negreanu (No. 20), Tommy Vedes (No. 33) and the aforementioned Bazeley (No. 201).

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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