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Global Poker Index: “King Dan” Smith Still Reigns; Olivier Busquet Cracks Overall Top 10

Olivier Busquet

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player’s results over six half-year periods. The GPI also ranks the top performers of the year over two six-month periods as calculated by the USA Today Global Poker Index point system.

2014 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Dan Smith1249.44-
2Mustapha Kanit1158.69-
3Scott Seiver1137.09-
4Daniel Colman1119.55-
5Jason Mercier1099.02-
6Keven Stammen1092.79-
7Alex Bilokur1071.07-
8Jacob Schindler1056.67-
9Ole Schemion1009.57-
10Ami Barer1003.51-

It was the quietest of weeks for the top 10 of the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race with none of those in the top spots accumulating any points and thus no movement at all at the top. Dan Smith continues to hold onto the top spot as he attempts to earn a second GPI POY title in three years.

There was a lot activity just below the top 10, however, with Oliver Price leaping all of the way from No. 35 to No. 11 this week after picking up three cashes during the partypoker WPT Merit Classic North Cyprus series, including a third-place finish in the $10,500 High Roller event and an 11th in the $4,400 Main Event won by Alexander Lakhov.

Also of note, Anatoly Filatov moved all of the way from from No. 67 to No. 16 this week after winning the High Roller in Cyprus, one of four cashes the Russian earned during the series.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Dan Smith4134.25-
2Ole Schemion3927.33-
3Daniel Negreanu3883.85-
4Jason Mercier3838.26-
5Scott Seiver3558.29-
6Byron Kaverman3491.86-
7Davidi Kitai3361.64+2
8Stephen Chidwick3359.81-1
9Paul Volpe3247.24-1
10Olivier Busquet3231.60+1

Not a lot happening at the top of the overall GPI list this week, either, as Smith spent a fourth straight week in the top spot. Olivier Busquet moved up one spot to No. 10 this week to make his first career appearance in the GPI overall top 10 after having come close two years ago.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
176Andrey Shatilov1956.84
255Andrey Pateychuk1755.99
281Michael Linster1702.84
291Timothy Miles1673.81
292Bryan Campanello1673.32
294Brandon Cantu1669.25
296James Collopy1662.52
298Alexsandr Gofman1659.53
300Richard Dubini1657.12

A couple of Russians named Andrey made big moves upward this week to join the GPI Top 300, with Andrey Shatilov jumping from No. 458 to No. 176 on the strength of a runner-up in the WPT Merit Classic North Cyprus High Roller and Andrey Pateychuk leaping from No. 383 to No. 255 after also cashing a couple of times in Cyprus. Meanwhile Brandon Cantu climbs into the GPI Top 300 this week, his first time back since September 2013.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
176Andrey Shatilov1956.84+282
128Alexander Lakhov2130.97+145
255Andrey Pateychuk1755.99+128
185Tom Marchese1936.27+89
291Timothy Miles1673.81+85

While Shatilov enjoyed the biggest gain of all the players in this week's GPI Top 300, Alexander Lakhov also picked up a lot of ground after his aforementioned win in the WPT Merit Classic North Cyprus Main Event. Tom Marchese also enjoyed a big upward move after recently winning the Aria $100,000 Super High Roller II for a big $1,306,800 score.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
284Jesse Cohen1696.25-55
179Justin Zaki1951.30-43
243Sergio Aido1779.55-36
165Alexander Condon1982.45-33
249David Diaz1770.18-32

Among those moving downward yet remaining with the GPI Top 300 this week, Jesse Cohen fell the furthest.

To view 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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