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Dan Smith Holds onto Top Spot in GPI Rankings

New Jersey’s Dan Smith has held onto the top spot in the latest edition of the Global Poker Index 300 rankings, which has seen some major changes in the world’s top 20 players.

Despite his 20th place finish in the last World Series of Poker event on July 5, Smith is still on top of the pile although he is now just one point ahead of Germany’s Ole Schemion. Although Smith sits on top of the rankings, it was some of his fellow Americans who have stolen the headlines as both Paul Volpe and Jacob Schindler made strides back into the global top 10.

After finishing fourth in the Deepstack Extravaganza tournament a fortnight ago, Paul “Main Event” Volpe has re-entered the top 5 at the expense of Russia’s Alex Bilokur, who dropped two places to seventh. However, the biggest winner has been Jacob Schindler, as the Pennsylvanian climbed into ninth after finishing inside the top three of his last four events.

Schindler’s hot streak has made him one of the top players of 2014 so far and his latest run includes a victory in the fifth round of the Summer High Roller Series as well as a third place finish at the Independence Day Super High Roller tournament.

Elsewhere, many of the world’s best players have remained where they are in the standings with veteran Daniel Negreanu staying in the third spot while Byron Kaverman also remains in the top 5. Further down the table, Pennsylvania’s Benjamin Hamnett was the biggest mover of the week as he climbed a staggering 139 places to re-enter the GPI 300 in 265th place.

The hardest hit by the new rankings was Frenchman Phillipe Ktorza, as “Ace-Man” dropped 39 places to just stay within the top 250. With there being several big fluctuations in the latest edition of the world rankings, many observers will undoubtedly be keeping an eye on the likes of Smith, Volpe and Schindler to see whether America’s top stars can continue to dominate the top of the rankings.



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