Global Poker Index: Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier Closes The Gap

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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 results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of November 28, 2011

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Erik Seidel 2,560.94 0
2 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,534.45 0
3 Jason Mercier 2,398.58 0
4 Eugene Katchalov 2,378.13 0
5 Shawn Buchanan 2,219.40 0
6 Sam Stein 2,178.26 0
7 Sam Trickett 2,121.17 0
8 Sorel Mizzi 2,106.72 0
9 Fabrice Soulier 2,024.88 0
10 Matt Waxman 2,003.46 0

No shuffling of positions took place among the top 10, but there is something to keep an eye on. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier closed the gap between himself and Erik Seidel and now sits about 25 points out of the No. 1 spot on the GPI. In November 2010, Grospellier finished 56th in the European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event. That score fell from Period 2, where it wasn’t one of his top three results, to Period 3 where it is being counted, thus resulting in a bump in points for Grospellier.

Welcome to the GPI

For the second consecutive week, there were only four new addition to the GPI. Kenny Hallaert is making his debut on the GPI thanks to two side-event wins at EPT Loutraki.

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Georges Yaazbeck 1,196.52 193rd
Jan Bendik 1,099.12 251st
Kenny Hallaert 1,075.77 263rd
Chris McClung 1,050.14 284th

Those who fell from the GPI this week are Kevin Vandersmissen, Kyle Loman, Matt Jarvis, and Paul Berende.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Rupert Elder. With a 13th-place finish in the EPT Loutraki Main Event, Elder added a third Period 1 result to be calculated by the GPI. Also rising nicely up the ranks this week were Darryll Fish and Micah Raskin, thanks to respective sixth-place and 15th-place finishes at the WPT Jacksonville Main Event.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
75th Kevin MacPhee 1,524.53 +43
112th Dominik Nitsche 1,406.64 +66
117th Rupert Elder 1,382.16 +107
142nd Per Linde 1,312.50 +32
149th Micah Raskin 1,304.59 +90
178th Darryll Fish 1,235.32 +65
184th Surrinder Sunar 1,212.16 +35
199th Markus Ristola 1,189.35 +95
203rd Sam Chartier 1,181.27 +31
207th Mike Beasley 1,178.78 +33
260th Jean-Philippe Rohr 1,080.76 +32

Lucien Cohen suffered the biggest drop this week. His eighth-place result in a €2,500 no-limit hold’em event at the France Poker Masters in May fell from Period 1 to Period 2.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
39th Bryn Kenney 1,706.25 -26
101st Nick Schulman 1,435.96 -32
103rd Konstantin Puchkov 1,427.11 -31
191st Alex Kostritsyn 1,197.91 -29
196th Andrey Danilyuk 1,192.63 -35
235th Kimmo Matias Kurko 1,135.68 -30
242nd Lucien Cohen 1,118.82 -74
253rd Nicolas Levi 1,097.77 -68
259th Cristiano Guerra 1,081.20 -65
264th Eric Haik 1,075.75 -65
288th Youcef Benzerfa 1,044.57 -47
300th Nicolas Chouity 1,021.92 -42

What’s In Store?

Next week will mark the start of scores from the 2011 World Series of Poker falling into Period 2. Which players GPI scores will take a hit? Eugene Katchalov (No. 4), Sam Stein (No. 6), Matt Waxman (No. 10), Jake Cody (No. 17), and Allen Bari (No. 27) will all have six-figure scores from that first week of the WSOP drop into Period 2, so expect a bit of a shakeup toward the top of the GPI next week.

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