Dan Smith Wins GPI Player Of 2012January 14, 2013 2:39 pm
Las Vegas-based pro Dan Smith has just been crowned the Global Poker Index (GPI) Player of the Year (POY) after an incredible 2012 in which he amassed $3,739,797 from live tournaments, including an amazing six title wins.
The US pro finished the year on 1,158 GPI POY points and coming a close second was Germany’s Marvin Rettenmaier with 1,077 points and $2,503,015 in cashes to his credit, including 2 WPT and an 2 EPT titles.
Dan Smith’s year got off to the best possible start after taking down the $100k Aussie Millions event in January for $1,041,828, which also happened to be his second biggest score of 2012.
In April, Smith then enjoyed an incredible run at the EPT Monte Carlo where he took down an astonishing three tournaments. This included the €5k Six-Max Turbo event for €152,980 ($201,972), the €5k event for €250,500 ($330,724), and the €5k Six-Max event for €118,000 ($155,790).
Despite not winning any titles at the World Series Of Poker, Dan Smith still managed to cash in 5 tournaments, including the $5 event in which he finished 3rd for $368,943. A little over a month later in August, Smith then succeeded in winning the €50k EPT Barcelona Super High Roller for €962,925 ($1,183,100), before capping off the year in style at the €5k EPT Prague Six-Handed event for €68,120 ($89,039).
After his incredible 2012, Dan Smith has now taken his live tournament earnings to an impressive $4,368,736 to compliment the $1,739,052 he has won online under the screen name KingDan.
Here’s the Global Poker Index POY top ten finishers of 2012:
1. Dan Smith
2. Marvin Rettenmaier
3. Bertrand Grospellier
4. Kyle Julius
5. Andrew Lichtenberger
6. Joseph Cheong
7. Phil Hellmuth
8. Jonathan Duhamel
9. Jason Mercier
10. Stephen O’Dwyer