Dan Smith Claims Top Spot In GPI POY Rankings

Smith replaces Rettenmaier in the race for GPI POY

The race to be crowned the Global Poker Index (GPI) Player of the Year (POY) is hotting up, with America's Dan Smith replacing Germany's Marvin Rettenmaier at the top.

Smith's recent victory in the Super High Roller Event on the first leg of the latest European Poker Tour (EPT) gave him the points to climb into first place.

This was Smith's fifth major win this year - he has now claimed $3.3 million in live winnings during 2012 - and was enough to displace Rettenmaier, who famously became the first ever player to win back-to-back World Poker Tour titles with victory in the Merit Cyprus Classic earlier this month.

Elsewhere, Canada's Mike McDonald has enjoyed an impressive jump in the standings, leaping 24 places to sit in 12th following his fifth place finish in the same EPT event won by Smith.

Jonathon Duhamel remains the highest ranked Canadian in the GPI POY table, although he has slid from third to fourth as a result of Dan Smith's three-spot-climb.

Dan Smith Claims Top Spot In GPI POY Rankings