Global Poker Index: Dan Smith Nears POY Lead, Esther Brady Moves Up

Dan Smith and Esther Taylor

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player's results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list, visit the official GPI website. Here's a look at the rankings as of July 12.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Nick Petrangelo2881.97-
2Dan Smith2841.98+13
3Bryn Kenney2840.97-1
4Dario Sammartino2748.22+4
5Sergio Aido2695.82-2
6Koray Aldemir2673.73-2
7Ari Engel2652.80-2
8Justin Bonomo2466.55+3
9David Peters2607.62-3
10Anthony Spinella2453.11+14

Last week Nick Petrangelo was able to wrestle away Bryn Kenney's 21-week stranglehold on the No. 1 spot of the Global Poker Index 2017 Player of the Year rankings. The latest update shows Petrangelo remains on top for a second week in a row, although Dan Smith has suddenly made a hard charge upwards from No. 15 to No. 2 to sit just a few points behind the leader.

In the last seven days Smith made a final table in one of the last preliminary events at the 2017 World Series of Poker, finishing seventh in the Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller won by James Calderaro. He also won another $25,000 buy-in tournament, one of the ARIA High Roller events where he bested a 35-entry field to earn a nice payday plus POY points.

Dario Sammartino finished one spot ahead of Smith in sixth in that $25K PLO High Roller, helping him go from No. 8 to No. 4. Justin Bonomo jumped back on the list, going from No. 11 to No. 8. And Anthony Spinella joined the Top 10, jumping from No. 24 to No. 10 after a third-place finish in the 1,318-entry Goliath Phamous Poker Series Main Event at Planet Hollywood.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Nick Petrangelo3383.01-
2David Peters3307.24-
3Ari Engel3267.94-
4Bryn Kenney3230.06+5
5Adrian Mateos3164.37+1
6Justin Bonomo3101.63+2
7Steve O'Dwyer3047.42-2
8Sergio Aido3016.33+5
9Dan Smith3002.51-2
10Rainer Kempe2975.84+4

Petrangelo continues to stay on top of the overall GPI rankings as well, making it 15 weeks at No. 1 for him.

Down the list, Bryn Kenney moved up from No. 9 to No. 4, while a couple of new names appear in this week's Top 10.

Sergio Aido (up from No. 13 to No. 8) picked up his fourth WSOP cash of the summer last week, while Rainer Kempe (up from No. 14 to No. 10) has a half-dozen WSOP cashes plus other recent ones around Las Vegas.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
96Esther Taylor2249.47
187Raffaele Sorrentino1985.31
191Benjamin Tollerene1977.78
214David Jackson1936.26
223Dylan Linde1928.50
247Isaac Haxton1872.99
258Phong Nguyen1861.51
260Matthew Wakeman1860.15
265Joey Weissman1851.16
270Aleksandr Gofman1843.72
282Tony Dunst1826.63
286Albert Daher1819.82
289Guillaume Diaz1810.71
292Jonathan Borenstein1804.29
296Liang Xu1802.35
297Bart Lybaert1801.06
299Apostolos Bechrakis1799.35
300Adam Geyer1796.98

There were 18 newcomers showing up in the Top 300 overall GPI rankings this week. It's rare to see a player make a leap from outside the Top 300 all of the way into the Top 100, but that's just what Esther Taylor did after enjoying a huge week at the World Series of Poker.

Taylor made two final tables since the last update, first finishing fourth in Event #64: $1,500 No-Limit Omaha/Pot-Limit Omaha won by Sebastian Langrock, then a couple of days later getting to third in the aforementioned Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller.

That made eight cashes for Taylor at this year's WSOP totalling $689,229 in winnings.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
96Esther Taylor2249.47+264
187Raffaele Sorrentino1985.31+189
247Isaac Haxton1872.99+151
139Matt Salsberg2104.38+140
155Alexandru Papazian2070.54+138

Taylor's big week — taking her from No. 360 to No. 96 — unsurprisingly made her the biggest gainer of all the players in the current Top 300.

Raffaele Sorrentino also made a big move from No. 376 to No. 187 after winning a Mid-States Poker Tour Deepstack Extravaganza III event this week at the Venetian.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
291Cliff Josephy1805.90-144
298Lucas Greenwood1800.80-118
281Sean Winter1827.37-102
244John Monnette1874.19-90
196Chris Hunichen1973.84-81

Finally, Cliff Josephy fell the furthest this week (considering only players still in the Top 300) after dropping from No. 147 to No. 291. Points he gained from his third-place finish in last year's WSOP Main Event were affected by the Aging Factor this week to move him down the list.

What to Expect Next Week

So far 72 out of 74 2017 World Series of Poker bracelet events have played out, with only the Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT and Event #74: The Little One for One Drop - $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold'em left to finish.

Day 3 of the Main Event gets going in an hour, and the PokerNews live reporting team continues to provide its usual extensive coverage, including live updates, chip counts, photos, videos and more. Be sure to follow along!

To view the GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you're at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

  • Nick Petrangelo continues to be the overall @GPI rankings leader as well as No. 1 in 2017 POY race.

  • Dan Smith jumps up to No. 2 in the @GPI POY race; Esther Taylor catapults upward in overall rankings.

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