GPI Player of the Year: Dan Smith Maintains Lead

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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 comprised of up to 11 tournament results that begin 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 between July 1 and Dec. 31. Like the Global Poker Index Rankings, all tournaments must have a buy-in of at least $1,500 and contain at least 21 entrants to be eligible in comprising a player’s score.

Dan Smith is on top of the pack, and with only two scores out of five potential counting ones in the second half of the year, he’ll have plenty of time and opportunities to separate himself from the pack.

GPI Player of the Year Top 10

Place Player Total Score Change in Rank
1 Dan Smith 879.44
2 Marvin Rettenmaier 802.42
3 Jonathan Duhamel 741,24
4 David "ODB" Baker 715.90
5 Andrew Lichtenberger 713.68
6 Phil Ivey 713.44 +3
7 Daniel Negreanu 661.97 -1
8 Erik Cajelais 639.54 -1
9 Kyle Julius 637.63 -1
10 Jason Koon 604.13 +12

1. Dan Smith

Tournament Series (Jan. 1 – June 30) Event Place Prize
Aussie Millions AUD$100,000 No-Limit Hold’em 1 of 22 AUD$1,012,000
EPT Berlin €5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 90 of 745 €7,500
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max Turbo 1 of 101 €152,980
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 1 of 175 €250,500
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max 1 of 98 €118,000
World Series of Poker $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Event #50) 3 of 1,001 $368,943
Tournament Series (July 1 – Dec. 31) Event Place Prize
EPT Barcelona €50,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller 1 of 55 €962,925
EPT Barcelona €10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up 4 of 31 €38,000

2. Marvin Rettenmaier

Tournament Series (Jan. 1 – June 30) Event Place Prize
WPT Vienna €9,700 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 5 of 26 €25,670
EPT Berlin €10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max Re-Entry 3 of 66 €85,800
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €2,000 No-Limit Hold’em 1 of 214 €118,300
WPT World Championship $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship 1 of 152 $1,196,858
World Series of Poker $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed Max (Event #6) 5 of 409 $68,151
World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (Event #43) 42 of 2,770 $12,415
Tournament Series (July 1 – Dec. 31) Event Place Prize
World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Six Handed (Event #57) 31 of 474 $24,951
World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 648 of 6,958 $19,227
WPT Merit Cyprus Classic $4,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 1 of 329 $287,784

3. Jonathan Duhamel

Tournament Series (Jan. 1 – June 30) Event Place Prize
PCA $100,000 No-Limit Holdem Super High Roller 4 of 30 $313,600
PCA $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max 1 of 158 $239,830
PCA $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max High Roller 2 of 141 $634,550
EPT Deauville €2,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max 8 of 289 €13,900
L.A. Poker Classic $5,100 No-Limit Hold’em 2 of 98 $121,115
WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star $9,500 No-Limit Hold’em 13 of 364 $25,620
Tournament Series (July 1 – Dec. 31) Event Place Prize
World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Six Handed (Event #57) 38 of 474 $21,832
EPT Barcelona €10,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 10 of 101 €27,190

4. David "ODB" Baker

Tournament Series (Jan. 1 – June 30) Event Place Prize
WPT L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship 32 of 549 $28,990
California State Poker Championship $2,080 No-Limit Hold’em Championship 33 of 316 $3,980
World Series of Poker $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Event #22) 3 of 228 $59,925
World Series of Poker $2,500 Mixed Hold’em (Event #35) 33 of 393 $5,195
World Series of Poker $2,500 8 Game (Event #37) 1 of 477 $271,312
World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship (Event #45) 10 of 108 $142,197
Tournament Series (July 1 – Dec. 31) Event Place Prize
World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (Event #56) 130 of 2,798 $4,155
World Series of Poker $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha H/L (Event $58) 4 of 526 $100,820
World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold’em National Championship 6 of 157 $79,002
World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 56 of 6,958 $128,384

5. Andrew Lichtenberger

Tournament Series (Jan. 1 – June 30) Event Place Prize
PCA $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 8-Max 105 of 1,072 $20,000
Wynn Classic $5,000 No’Limit Hold’em Championship Event 4 of 190 $78,328
World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up (Event #12) 32 of 152 $10,966
World Series of Poker $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Six Handed (Event #23) 8 of 924 $49,214
World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball (Event #30) 3 of 285 $41,445
World Series of Poker $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Event #50) 23 of 1,001 $28,793
Tournament Series (July 1 – Dec. 31) Event Place Prize
World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Six Handed (Event #57) 6 of 474 $140,351
World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 221 of 6,958 $44,655
EPT Barcelona €2,000 No-Limit Hold’em 22 of 261 €5,060
EPT Barcelona €10,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 10 of 101 €27,190

6. Phil Ivey

Tournament Series (Jan. 1 – June 30) Event Place Prize
Aussie Millions AUD$10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 12 of 659 AUD$100,000
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max High Roller 9 of 133 €72,300
World Series of Poker $5,000 Stud H/L (Event #15) 7 of 212 $34,595
World Series of Poker $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em (Event #17) 2 of 179 $275,599
World Series of Poker $5,000 Omaha H/L (Event #24) 3 of 256 $136,046
World Series of Poker $10,000 HORSE (Event #32) 5 of 178 $99,739
Tournament Series (July 1 – Dec. 31) Event Place Prize
Macau High Stake Challenge $258,00 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller 8 of 73 $822,941

7. Daniel Negreanu

Tournament Series (Jan. 1 – June 30) Event Place Prize
PCA $100,000 No-Limit Holdem Super High Roller 5 of 30 $250,900
LAPT Grand Final R$3,700 ($1,829) No-Limit Hold’em 6 of 367 $28,177
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller 6 of 38 €310,000
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max High Roller 2 of 133 €598,600
World Series of Poker $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em 5 of 639 $41,683
World Series of Poker $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo (Event #5) 45 of 967 $5,639
Tournament Series (July 1 – Dec. 31) Event Place Prize
World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (Event #56) 104 of 2,798 $4,155
World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball (Event #60) 13 of 101 $19,272
World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 160 of 6,958 $52,718
EPT Barcelona €5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 118 of 1,082 €9,950

8. Erik Cajelais

Tournament Series (Jan. 1 – June 30) Event Place Prize
PCA $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Turbo 8-Max 3 of 56 $38,020
PCA $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 8-Max 43 of 1,072 $37,500
Borgata Winter Open $3,300 No-Limit Hold’em Championship Event 43 of 734 $9,826
WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star $9,500 No-Limit Hold’em 4 of 364 $256,300
World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (Event #31) 49 of 2,811 $10,436
World Series of Poker $2,500 Mixed Hold’em (Event #35) 2 of 393 $129,766
Tournament Series (July 1 – Dec. 31) Event Place Prize
World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 86 of 6,958 $73,805
WPT Merit Cyprus Classic $4,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 7 of 329 $43,690

9. Kyle Julius

Tournament Series (Jan. 1 – June 30) Event Place Prize
PCA $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 8-Max 2 of 1,072 $1,500,000
World Series of Poker $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed Max (Event #6) 41 of 409 $9,503
World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Six Handed (Event #16) 29 of 1,604 $10,827
World Series of Poker $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Six Handed (Event #23) 67 of 924 $5,927
World Series of Poker $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout (Event #36) 41 of 587 $9,086
World Series of Poker $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Event #50) 2 of 1,001 $589,687
Tournament Series (July 1 – Dec. 31) Event Place Prize
World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Six Handed (Event #57) 26 of 474 $29,406
World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 411 of 6,958 $28,530

10. Jason Koon

Tournament Series Event Place Prize
PCA $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max High Roller 4 of 141 $271,950
Aussie Millions AUD$10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 27 of 659 AUD$35,000
WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship Event 21 of 290 $25,056
World Series of Poker $3,000 NLHE/PLO Heads-Up (Event #3) 2 of 317 $128,660
World Series of Poker $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Four Max (Event #28) 9 of 750 $25,252
World Series of Poker $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Event #41) 14 of 1,394 $33,604
Tournament Series (July 1 – Dec. 31) Event Place Prize
WPT Legends of Poker $3,500 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event 19 of 622 $13,400

For the full GPI Player of the Year standings, head on over to globalpokerindex.com.

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