Global Poker Index: “King Dan” Smith Tops Both 2014 POY, GPI 300; Daniel Colman Surges

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 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+8
5Jason Mercier1099.02+2
6Keven Stammen1092.79-1
7Alex Bilokur1071.07-3
8Jacob Schindler1056.67-2
9Ole Schemion1009.57-1
10Ami Barer1003.51-1

Dan Smith retains the top spot in the GPI Player of the Year race for 2014, living up to his “King Dan” nickname as he continues his quest for a second GPI POY title after winning it in 2012.

While there was no change among the top three spots this week, Daniel Colman has made a charge into the top 10 all of the way up to No. 4 on the strength of his big win in the $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event last week. Mike Leah, who finished runner-up to Colman in the SHRPO Main, likewise earned a big boost in the GPI POY race this week, moving from No. 39 up to No. 18.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Dan Smith4134.25-
2Ole Schemion3927.33-
3Daniel Negreanu3883.85-
4Jason Mercier3832.59-
5Scott Seiver3687.17-
6Byron Kaverman3478.01-
7Stephen Chidwick3359.811
8Paul Volpe3352.08-1
9Davidi Kitai3259.04+1
10Keven Stammen3231.20-1

There was very little movement at the top of the overall GPI rankings this week where Smith remained on top for the third straight week. A strong performance at EPT Barcelona late last month catapulted Smith to the top after he cashed in three separate prelims, including final tabling two and topping a 425-entry field to win the €2,200 no-limit hold’em event.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
210John Dolan1854.72
240Josh Arieh1790.52
248Curt Kohlberg1767.29
259Matthew Davenport1736.18
266Amir Lehavot1726.14
267Daniel Weinman1724.99
271Ryan Olisar1720.70
281Viet Van Vo1706.19
290Andy Frankenberger1694.62
294Nicolas Cardyn1685.28
297Ben Warrington1674.17
300Farid Jattin1661.47

Many have been remarking on the crowded schedule of tournament series that marked the end of August and start of September, and one consequence of all those events has been a lot of players picking up points to enter the GPI 300.

No less than a dozen players joined the GPI 300 this week after earning scores in the many tourneys on offer. The week’s biggest movers were Curt Kohlberg (going from No. 468 to No. 248) and Amir Lehavot (going from No. 460 to No. 266), both of whom made deep runs in the SHRPO Main Event.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
248Curt Kohlberg1767.29+220
266Amir Lehavot1726.14+194
210John Dolan1854.72+155
181Viet Van Vo1706.19+142
267Daniel Weinman1724.99+138

As noted, Kohlberg and Lehavot enjoyed the biggest upward moves this week among those in the GPI 300. John Dolan’s fourth-place finish in the SHRPO Main Event likewise helped his ranking considerably. By the way, Daniel Colman is currently ranked No. 61 overall in the GPI, moving up this week from No. 106.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
228Lasse Frost1821.62-92
284Anton Wigg1702.90-58
243Ana Marquez1780.20-55
299Andrey Konopelko1663.49-49
223Alexander Dovzhenko1837.18-48

Looking within the GPI 300, Lasse Frost slid the farthest while remaining in the top 300. Frost’s slide took him out of the top spot on the list of players from Denmark, now held by Mickey Petersen who is currently ranked No. 162 in the world.

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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