Each week, the Global Poker Index publishes the standings of the top 1,000 players in its Player of the Year race. Once a month, PokerNews will take an in-depth look at the top 10 players' results and the recent tournaments that have caused a splash in the standings.
A player's score is composed of up to 11 tournament results during the calendar year. Of those 11 results, up to six will come from Jan. 1 through June 30 and up to five will be from tournaments starting from July 1 through Dec. 31. Like the Global Poker Index Rankings, all tournaments must have a buy-in of at least $1,000 and contain at least 21 entrants to be eligible in comprising a player's score.
Thanks to his performance at the Aussie Millions, Dan Shak has taken over the top spot. He has three six-figure scores on the year already and is closing in on seven figures in earnings for 2013. Just behind Shak is Igor Kurganov. He has three-six figure scores, too, but his fourth-place finish in the AU$250,000 Challenge for AU$500,000 does not count in the GPI because it did not reach the minimum of 21 players.
GPI Player of the Year Top 10
Change in Rank
Here is the breakdown for each player in the top 10: