Two of poker’s most important ranking competitions featured a few changes this week following events at the World Series Of Poker.

Greg Merson’s triumph in Las Vegas had a huge impact on the Card Player Magazine – Player of the Year contest, earning him enough points to top the standings when combined with points he earned earlier in the Series.

Prior to the main event Merson won a bracelet in the $10,000 no-limit hold’em six-max championship title, one of the biggest titles beyond the Series’s finale.

It leaves Merson some 475 points ahead of former leader Dan Smith, who drops to second.

But it wasn’t all bad news for Dan Smith.

After weeks of dominance from Jason Mercier and Bertrand Grospellier at the top of the Global Poker Index, Smith finally broke through this week to take top spot, pushing Mercier into second place and Grospellier into fourth, behind Marvin Rettenmaier in third.

Dan Smith, from Las Vegas, has had a superlative 2012, winning the $100,000 buy in event at the Aussie Millions in January, three €5,000 events inside a week at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo and the Super High Roller at EPT Barcelona.



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