Global Poker Index: Seidel Reclaims Top Spot, Duhamel Surges

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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. The 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure made major waves across the GPI the last two weeks with several players kicking off 2012 in style. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of January 16, 2012

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Erik Seidel 2,988.29 +1
2 Jason Mercier 2,986.07 -1
3 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,823.70 0
4 Eugene Katchalov 2,760.52 0
5 Shawn Buchanan 2,672.49 +1
6 Sam Trickett 2,582.47 -1
7 Matt Waxman 2,429.83 +1
8 Will "The Thrill" Failla 2,423.22 +1
9 Vanessa Selbst 2,412.31 -2
10 Mike "Timex" McDonald 2,406.80 +1

Erik Seidel overtook Jason Mercier for the top spot on the GPI thanks to results from the 2011 PCA that matured into Period 3. With no results in Period 3 prior to this week, Seidel is now reaping the benefits of the GPI scoring system as his amazing first half of 2011 is being recognized in the point standings.

Sitting just outside the top 10 in the No. 11 spot is Jonathan Duhamel. After rising 30 places last week after his fourth place finish in the $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller Event for $313,600, Duhamel added three more final tables and roughly $900,000 in earnings to his 2012 resume. He moved up 41 places this week and with no major results due to expire in the next few weeks, there’s a good chance he can crack the top ten.

Welcome to the GPI

A whopping 27 players are new to the GPI this week. Russia’s Leonid Bilokur landed at No. 97 after he collected $1,134,930 for his win in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max High Roller. Jon Turner cashed three times at the PCA to return to the list, and Faraz Jaka’s third-place finish in the Main Event boosted him back into the rankings after a one week absence.

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Leonid Bilokur 1,529.15 97th
Jon Turner 1,442.92 119th
Faraz Jaka 1,358.71 145th
Kunimaro Kojo 1,329.40 151st
Randy Lew 1,328.43 152nd
Ruben Visser 1,294.23 162nd
Luca Pagano 1,243.81 187th
Jason Koon 1,229.66 192nd
Corey Burbick 1,226.39 194th
Kyle Julius 1.195.52 215th
Laurence Houghton 1,158.13 232nd
Maksim Semisoshenko 1,154.46 234th
Andrew Badecker 1,145.67 240th
Nicholas Grippo 1,137.00 246th
Pius Heinz 1,133.10 249th
Danyel Boyaciyan 1.125.96 252nd
Bolivar Palacios 1,117.17 255th
Xuan Liu 1,109.73 258th
Vyacheslav Igin 1,106.18 262nd
Lie Boeree 1,103.27 263rd
Justin Schwartz 1,102.75 264th
Alexander Venovski 1,084.03 278th
Eddy Sabat 1,083.22 279th
Mike Leah 1,076.53 282nd
Yuliyan Nikolaev Kolev 1,070.48 286th
Stephen Chidwick 1,062.44 291st
Adam Levy 1,062.11 292nd

Who is off the GPI this week? Well, a lot of folks: Alex Debus, Allen Cunningham, Amnon Filippi, Andrew Robl, Brandon Cantu, Daniel Reijmer, David Ulliott, Erick Lindgren, Fabrizio Gonzalez, Gregory Brooks, Humberto Brenes, Jan Bendik, Jared Jaffee, Joe Hachem, John Andress, Joe Serock, Nenad Medic, Nicolas Cardyn, Nikolay Evdakov, Ognjen Sekularac, Paul Berende, Phil Laak, Praz Bansi, Richard Ashby, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Ted Forrest, and Ville Haavisto.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Andrew Chen, who climbed 119 spots to No. 96. Two of his three PCA cashes count toward the GPI, including a runner-up showing in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max High-Roller tournament worth $191,984.

Isaac Haxton (up 94 places) and Nicolas Fierro (up 103 places) rode top five finishes in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max High Roller up the GPI as well. Scott Seiver (up 81 places), who was in the top ten as recently as November, made a nice move back up the ranks with a chop in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship worth $78,210.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
40th Isaac Haxton 1,876.51 +94
52nd Scott Seiver 1.751.91 +81
81st Nicolas Fierro 1,603.75 +103
96th Andrew Chen 1,531.13 +119
98th Barry Greenstein 1.527.34 +112
123rd Keven Stammen 1,434.98 +85
128th Yevgeniy Timoshenko 1,410.65 +94
158th Hans Winzeler 1,314.06 +104
181st Kenny Hallaert 1.257.30 +91
203rd Evgeny Zaytsev 1,216.30 +97

Will Molson took the biggest hit this week. For the first time in four years, Molson did not finish in the top two of the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max High Roller. With his win from 2011 falling into Period 3 and his runner-up showing in 2010 falling into Period 5, Molson tumbled 165 spots in the GPI.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
130th William Thorson 1,407.82 -54
147th Erich Kollman 1,347.52 -55
195th Justin Smith 1,224.00 -72
222nd David Paredes 1,188.18 -56
223rd Brandon Meyers 1,183.04 -63
224th Joe Elpayaa 1,183.79 -56
225th Daniel Colman 1,179.46 -108
228th Nick Schulman 1,167.88 -109
289th Maria Ho 1,069.07 -56
296th Will Molson 1,055.23 -165

What’s In Store?

The 2012 Aussie Millions is under way and will undoubtedly be causing movement in the GPI over the next two weeks. However, that means the 2011 Aussie Millions will carry into Period 3.

That will cause serious damage to the scores of Erik Seidel and Sam Trickett. Seidel’s third-place finish in the AUD$100,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament last January will mature into Period 3, perhaps opening the door once again for Jason Mercier to sit atop the GPI.

Trickett, the winner of that tournament, may find himself outside of the top 10. To make matters worse for both, the AUD$250,000 Super High-Roller No-Limit Hold’em, in which Seidel defeated Trickett heads-up, is due to fall into Period 3 in two weeks. As a result, both can expect a rare GPI slide.

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