Global Poker Index: Mercier Mashes His Way Back to the Top

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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. Jason Mercier reclaimed the top spot this week, back at the top for the first time since mid-October. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of December 19, 2011

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Jason Mercier 2,554.65 +2
2 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier 2,477.48 -1
3 Erik Seidel 2,470.40 -1
4 Eugene Katchalov 2,436.92 0
5 Sam Trickett 2,320.02 0
6 Shawn Buchanan 2,310.72 +1
7 Sam Stein 2,268.33 -1
8 Sorel Mizzi 2,207.49 +1
9 Chris Moorman 2,207.28 -1
10 Matt Marafioti 2,069.71 0

For the third time in four weeks, the top spot on the GPI is occupied by a new, yet familiar, name. Jason Mercier is leading the way once again following his win in the High Roller Event at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic. No end in sight.

Welcome to the GPI

Thirteen new names are on this week’s GPI, and they are led by Nicolas Levi. With EPT Prague’s results from earlier this month coming into play this week, Levi’s third-place finish brought him back into the GPI at the No. 113 spot.

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Nicolas Levi 1,400.72 113th
Nicolas Chouity 1,177.76 210th
Mads Wissing 1,167.54 218th
Joe Serock 1,160.42 221st
Amnon Filippi 1,149.72 225th
Brian Hawkins 1,132.43 238th
Andrea Dato 1,130.84 241st
Cornel Cimpan 1,108.07 257th
Joe Elpayaa 1,103.43 259th
Vojtech Ruzicka 1,097 265th
Taylor Paur 1,096.86 267th
Casey Kastle 1,078.14 275th
Denys Drobyna 1,058.52 286th

Those who fell from the GPI this week were Adam Junglen, Ali Eslami, Eric Buchman, Brock Parker, Faraz Jaka, Frank Calo, Greg Dyer, Josh Brikis, Kevin Vandersmissen, Tom Dwan, Jeff Papola, Mohsin Charania, and Ted Forrest.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Andrey Pateychuk, who had a 183-point jump up the GPI. Along with his EPT Prague finish, is his WPT Prague win, giving him three scores of more than a half million dollars in Period 1.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
59th Dan O’Brien 1,587.21 +82
89th Andrey Pateychuk 1,478.08 +183
108th Antony Lellouche 1,410.18 +98
129th Russell Carson 1,357.72 +151
138th Jean-Philippe Rohr 1,337.37 +121
168th Kristijonas Andrulis 1,259.22 +117
176th Cristiano Guerra 1,235.66 +84
186th Dan Smith 1,218.95 +88
189th Juan Manuel Pastor 1,215.42 +109
213th Isaac Haxton 1,173.26 +84

Max Lykov and Chris Bell took the biggest hits. Even though Lykov has a bracelet win from this summer, it doesn’t count toward the GPI because it was a $1,000 buy-in and needs to be at least a $1,500 to count. That aside, Lykov’s only other WSOP cash dropped into Period 2, thus leaving his Period 1 empty. As for Bell, his win at the WSOPC Regional Championship in Atlantic City last December fell from Period 2 to Period 3.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
193rd Dan Heimiller 1,210.99 -88
229th Daniel Idema 1,145.04 -120
231st Timothy Finne 1,142,76 -99
233rd Andy Frankenberger 1,137.23 -111
242nd Marc Inizan 1,130.45 -99
264th Max Lykov 1,098.74 -147
272nd Joe Hachem 1,089.22 -88
294th Georges Yazbeck 1,044.75 -92
297th Chris Bell 1,039.77 -139
300th Chris Tryba 1,032.66 -129

What’s In Store?

Tournament wise, the schedule is light over the holidays until early January when the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure begins. Until then, WSOP scores aging into Period 2 will be the main reason for ups and downs in the GPI. Jason Mercier’s bracelet win this summer will be among those aging scores, so expect to see his score drop, but will it knock him out of the top spot?

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