Breaking Down the Poker Rankings: February 2013

Dustin Gouker : February 4th, 2013
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Dan Smith is back on top, and Vanessa Selbst is a high riser. Read on as we round up the Global Poker Index, ESPN’s The Nuts and BLUFF’s power ranking.

Global Poker Index

About the rankings: A ranking of the top live poker players in the world based on their performance over the past 36 months.
The latest rankings (top 10):
1. Dan Smith
2. Marvin Rettenmaier
3. Jason Mercier
4. Bertrand Grospellier
5. Joseph Cheong
6. Andrew Lichtenberger
7. Vanessa Selbst
8. David Sands
9. Michael Watson
10. Stephen O’Dwyer

The skinny: Smith and Rettenmaier continue to hand the top spot back and forth on the heels of a strong 2012 for both players. Rettenmaier took over from Smith at No. 1 late last year, only to give back the spot in January. The biggest change from last month is Vanessa Selbst’s entrance at No. 7. She won a high roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $1.4 million to make the move into the top 10.

Check out the rankings: GPI website.

The Nuts: ESPN’s Power Rankings

About the rankings: A subjective ranking of the top poker players in the world, usually done each month.
The latest rankings:
1. Phil Ivey
2. Vanessa Selbst
T3. Dan Smith
T3. Phil Hellmuth
5. Scott Seiver
6. Jason Mercier
7. Marvin Rettenmaier
8. Antonio Esfandiari
9. Michael Mizrachi
10. Bertrand Grospellier

The skinny: Ivey continues to own the top spot in this poll, until further notice. Selbst is again the big mover, going from No. 9 last month to No. 2 this month. Seiver is the only new player in the ranking, entering at No. 5 after winning the $100K event at the PCA, then finishing in the final four of the National Heads-Up Poker Championship last week. Hellmuth moves up a couple of spots after taking second in the NHUPC.

Check out the rankings: At

BLUFF Magazine

About the rankings: BLUFF Magazine’s power rankings, based on live tournament play over the past two years.
The latest rankings (top 10):
1. Marvin Rettenmaier
2. Dan Smith
3. Phil Hellmuth
4. Vanessa Selbst
5. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
6. Will Failla
7. Ole Schemion
8. Greg Merson
9. Michael Mizrachi
10. Philipp Gruissem

The skinny: Only minor changes here, except for Selbst’s rise from outside of the top 10 to No. 4. Smith is the consensus top player among all three rankings (average placement of 2.0), ahead of Rettenmaier (3.67) and Selbst (4.33).

Check out the rankings: At BLUFF’s website.

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