Global Poker Index: “ElkY” Still On Top While “Nacho” Slips

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Each week, the Global Poker Index, releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier has been holding strong to the top spot for the last few weeks, and the rankings for the week ending Aug. 8 are no different. New names have been added to the list, and some notables, like Jose "Nacho" Barbero, have dropped significantly in rank.

Here’s a look at this week’s GPI top 10. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of August 8, 2011

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
1 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,473.134 0
2 Erik Seidel 2,457.361 0
3 Jason Mercier 2,434.301 0
4 Eugene Katchalov 2,248.826 0
5 Fabrice Soulier 2,193.589 0
6 Samuel Stein 2,168.853 0
7 Sorel Mizzi 2,115.122 0
8 Tom Marchese 2,097.097 0
9 David “Bakes” Baker 2,027.315 0
10 John Juanda 2,013.628 0

Top Ten Remains the Same

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier continues to sit atop the GPI with Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, and Eugene Katchalov hot on his heels. The rest of the top ten remains the same, as well, with only Tom Marchese making a move in points, up 62 from last week. Next week, though, there is a good chance the top ten will change. At the time of writing this article, Seidel, Mercier and Katchalov are still battling among the 18 remaining players in the inaugural Epic Poker League event. With a big enough finish, all players have a chance to add to their Period 1 results (the heaviest part of the rankings weighing).

There was very little movement just outside the top ten, as well; however, McLean Karr did jump up two places, from 17th to 15th. He took down a 20-entrant High-Roller tournament in Macau to slightly increase his point total.

Welcome to the GPI

Seven new players cracked the GPI rankings this week, and deep tournament runs were a key reason why. What will a win at the Main Event of the European Poker Tour Tallinn do for you? Well, in Ronny Kaiser’s case, it resulted in a $395,740 payday and a ranking of #167 on the GPI. Sami Kelopuro took seventh in the same tournament, and coupled with two nice finishes at the WSOP, his Period 1 scores have helped boost him to 182nd place. Luca Pagano won the Main Event of the Italian Poker Tour San Remo to grab a spot on the GPI, as well.

Among those who fell off the GPI this week are Scott Clements, Micah Raskin, Tyler Smith, and Joao Barbosa.

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Ronny Kaiser 1,272.846 167th
Luca Pagano 1,251.102 175th
Sami Kelopuro 1,244.287 182nd
Robert Mizrachi 1,082.707 266th
Martin Kabrhel 1,048.701 288th
Kimmo Matias Kurko 1,036.589 291st
Lari Sihvo 1,033.153 298th

Ups and Downs

The biggest mover of the week was John O’Shea, who jumped 90 spots from 280th to 190th. Thanks to a 29th-place finish in the EPT Tallinn Main Event, O’Shea has three cashes in the last six months to help boost his numbers in Period 1. Jani Sointula had the next biggest gain and that also came as a result of his finish (fourth place) at the EPT Tallinn Main Event.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
52nd Andrew Lichtenberger 1,626.770 +30
57th Alessio Isaia 1,590.886 +36
117th Praz Bansi 1,370.936 +48
139th David Vamplew 1,318.476 +45
145th Jani Sointula 1,308.630 +59
152nd Tristan Wade 1,298.881 +30
157th Benjamin Pollak 1,294.020 +37
161st Salvatore Bonavena 1,282.289 +29
185th Mike Beasley 1,232.855 +45
190th John O’Shea 1,217.023 +90

On the flip side, the biggest drop this week belongs to Jose "Nacho" Barbero. It hasn’t been a strong six months for Barbero. He now was only two cashes that qualify for Period 1 since a third cash has slipped to Period 2, the significant reason for his drop this week. Jeff Madsen also fell substantially this week. His biggest score since his amazing 2006 WSOP came in early February 2010 at the Borgata Winter Open in Atlantic City. He took first-place for more than $625,000, but that score now falls in Period 4, rather than Period 3, and isn’t weighted as heavily.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
91st Alexander Kravchenko 1,468.285 -26
177th Dragan Galic 1,250.085 -22
203rd Jose "Nacho" Barbero 1,191.119 -78
228th Jeff Madsen 1,157.064 -47
254th Steve Brecher 1,107.403 -33
273rd Adrien Allain 1,068.676 -54
297th Nicolas Cardyn 1,035.227 -41

What’s In Store?

With the inaugural Epic Poker League event wrapping up on Friday, the rankings will almost certainly see some changes next week. Could this be Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier’s last week at the top? It very well might be. Who will take his place? It’s too early to tell, but there is no doubt that Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, and Eugene Katchalov, are all very worthy of holding down the fort at the top.

As a reminder, for a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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