Global Poker Index: Failla Cracks Top 10; Seidel’s Reign May Soon End



Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes a player’s result over six half-year periods. There was very little change at the top this week, but that won’t be the case next week. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of November 14, 2011

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Erik Seidel 2,586.96 0
2 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,493.71 0
3 Jason Mercier 2,398.58 0
4 Eugene Katchalov 2,382.22 0
5 Shawn Buchanan 2,331.45 0
6 Sorel Mizzi 2,180.96 0
7 Sam Stein 2,178.26 0
8 Fabrice Soulier 2,018.48 0
9 Matt Waxman 2,003.46 0
10 Will "The Thrill" Failla 1,975.60 +7

The top nine remained the same, but Will "The Thrill" Failla replaced Scott Seiver in the No. 10 spot. Seiver’s win at the WPT Championship in May fell from Period 1 to Period 2, resulting in a drop of 18 spots. Failla’s 15th-place finish in the WPT Championship fell into Period 2, as well, however, not only did that result improve his Period 2 calculations, but Failla’s Period 1 was hardly affected bcause he had several similar scores to replace it.

Welcome to the GPI

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Nico Fierro 1,168.72 211th
Ronny Kaiser 1,145.22 231st
Tom McCormick 1,133.99 235th
Anton Wigg 1,071.36 265th
Paul Berende 1,069.74 269th
Ruben Visser 1,046.70 284th
Nick Yunis 1,045.39 285th
Jean-Philippe Rohr 1,032.22 293rd
Markus Ristola 1,029.39 294th
Mihails Morozovs 1,026.89 296th

The ten who fell from the GPI this week are Chance Kornuth, Heinz Kamutzki, Jan Bendik, Justin Smith, Kyle Bowker, Kyle Loman, Mark Radoja, Maurizio Sepede, Ray Henson, and Stephane Benadiba.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Scott Baumstein. On the heels of his fourth-place finish at the WPT Amneville Main Event, he took first place in a €10,000 No-Limit Holdem High Roller tournament at the Master Classics of Poker 2011 to vault 175 spots up the GPI. Adrien Allain, WPT Amneville Main Event winner, also had a big increase in his score, rising 173 spots on the GPI.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
63rd Hafiz Khan 1,577.69 +50
71st Adrien Allain 1,532.26 +173
83rd Scott Baumstein 1,510.33 +175
85th Govert Metaal 1,507.30 +59
93rd Arnaud Mattern 1,473.79 +74
128th Ty Reiman 1,342.95 +38
177th Andrew Chen 1,226.30 +46
179th Marc Inizan 1,219.42 +102
180th Jonathan Jaffe 1,218.75 +54
240th Micah Raskin 1,123.61 +40
255th Josh Bergman 1,084.37 +38

Ville Haavisto plummeted 142 spots down the list. A combination of two aging scores resulted in his drop. First, a fourth-place finish in a PLO event at the EPT Grand Final in May fell into Period 2. Also, his lone career six-figure score (a runner-up performance at the Master Classics of Poker 2010) dropped from Period 2 to Period 3.

Both Farzad Bonyadi and Galen Hall slid more than 100 spots each, as well. Their respective second and third place finishes the WPT Championship fell from Period 1 to Period 2.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
111th Rob Akery 1,412.91 -56
173rd Galen Hall 1,244.04 -104
188th George Lind 1,205.54 -61
200th Eric Haik 1,187.15 -80
206th Phil Laak 1,173.77 -64
210th Steven Kelly 1,168.86 -65
220th Nichlas Mattsson 1,157.60 -114
268th Tyler Kenney 1,070.97 -79
291st Farzad Bonyadi 1,034.60 -113
297th Ville Haavisto 1,026.85 -142

What’s In Store?

A change at the top of the GPI is a high possibility as Erik Seidel’s score is going to dip next week. His victory in the $100,000 Super High Roller Event at the Five Star World Poker Classic is going to drop into Period 2 next week. As a result, his Period 1 tally is going to take a substantial hit and shockingly, he does not have a seven-figure (or even a six-figure) score to take its place. Perhaps he is human after all.

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