Global Poker Index: Matt Marafioti Cracks the Top 10

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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. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier still holds down the fort at No. 1, but Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, and Eugene Katchalov are all within striking distance. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of December 12, 2011

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,501.75 0
2 Erik Seidel 2,470.40 0
3 Jason Mercier 2,441.73 0
4 Eugene Katchalov 2,436.92 0
5 Sam Trickett 2,320.02 +2
6 Sam Stein 2,317.85 -1
7 Shawn Buchanan 2,313.16 -1
8 Chris Moorman 2,133.35 0
9 Sorel Mizzi 2,075.93 +5
10 Matt Marafioti 2,069.71 +35

The new face in the top 10 this week is Matt Marafioti. After a runner-up showing in a $5,000 preliminary event at the 2011 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Marafioti finished 15th in the Main Event of the WPT Five Diamond. Sorel Mizzi returned to the top 10 after one of his aging Period 1 results from the 2011 WSOP gave his Period 2 results (which only had one result counting) a much-needed boost.

Welcome to the GPI

There were 17 new additions to the GPI this week. Topping the list in the No. 173 spot is James "Flushy" Dempsey. Dempsey is certainly ending 2011 in style as two final tables, including a win, have vaulted the Brit into the GPI. First, he finished third in a $5,000 preliminary event at the 2011 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic. Then came the Main Event, which he won.

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
James Dempsey 1,250.20 173rd
Jesse Alexis Cohen 1,231.18 182nd
Anton Ionel 1,202.45 197th
Eric Baldwin 1,175.17 215th
Brandon Cantu 1,139.83 234th
Maurizio Sepede 1,127.38 239th
Allen Cunningham 1,127.32 240th
David Diaz 1,120.66 244th
Alexander Debus 1,103.04 253rd
Lars Bonding 1,102.77 254th
David Chiu 1,097.16 257th
Justin Schwartz 1,088.13 261st
Koen De Visscher 1,078.57 264th
Kyle Loman 1,054.40 287th
Hans Winzeler 1,052.65 289th
Mohsin Charania 1,052.21 290th
Isaac Haxton 1,039.52 297th

The 17 who fell from the GPI this week were Amnon Filippi, Chris Bjorin, James Calderaro, John Duthie, Michael Chow, Mihails Morozovs, Mike Sexton, Nicolas Chouity, Richard Lyndaker, Robert Suer, Seth Fischer, Steve Landfish, Tyler Kenney, Tyler Smith, Vadim Kursevich, Ville Haavisto, and Youcef Benzerfa.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Andrew Lichtenberger. With his fourth-place finish in the 2011 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event over the weekend, Lichtenberger rocketed 152 places up the GPI.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
28th Nick Schulman 1,766.47 +69
55th Andrew Lichtenberger 1,580.99 +152
56th William Reynolds 1,580.19 +100
97th David Steicke 1,434.88 +63
100th Amit Makhija 1,425.88 +79
139th Jason DeWitt 1,320.67 +96
154th Vitaly Lunkin 1,292.87 +70
161st Joe Cassidy 1,278.42 +88
175th Justin Smith 1,247.27 +108
177th Matt Stout 1,240.30 +67

Jesse Martin and Ali Eslami took the biggest tumbles down the GPI this week. Two of their 2011 WSOP cashes fell out of their Period 1 results, leaving just one cash to be counted in each of their Period 1s.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
115th Alessio Isaia 1,395.62 -90
196th Jeff Lisandro 1,203.41 -69
235th Fabian Quoss 1,139.36 -78
259th Jean-Philippe Rohr 1,093.45 -86
267th George Lind 1,076.19 -71
283rd Matt Matros 1,061.07 -85
292nd Ali Eslami 1,045.40 -144
294th Jesse Martin 1,043.64 -152
296th Jeff Papola 1,041.99 -94

What’s In Store?

In addition to more 2011 WSOP scores aging, the Epic Poker League Main Event #3 kicked off on Wednesday and will be sure to have an effect on next week’s GPI.

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