Global Poker Index: Seidel Still Leads, Duhamel Cracks Top Ten

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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 top of the GPI remains the same this week as Erik Seidel still holds a slight lead over Jason Mercier. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of January 23, 2012

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Erik Seidel 3,053.44 0
2 Jason Mercier 2,986.07 0
3 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,819.53 0
4 Eugene Katchalov 2,760.52 0
5 Shawn Buchanan 2,672.49 0
6 Sam Trickett 2,436.22 0
7 Will "The Thrill" Failla 2,423.22 +1
8 Vanessa Selbst 2,412.31 +1
9 Matt Waxman 2,400.18 -2
10 Jonathan Duhamel 2,377.58 +1

The only new face in the top ten this week is Jonathan Duhamel. His excellent performance at the 2012 PCA set the stage for his GPI rise over the last two weeks, and it was only a matter of time before an aging score would catch up to somebody else in the top ten. That misfortune went to Mike "Timex" McDonald because his third-place showing at the 2010 EPT Deauville fell into Period 5 and dropped him to No. 11.

Welcome to the GPI

Joe Hachem led four new GPIers this week following his third-place showing in the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge.

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Joe Hachem 1,250.97 177th
Nicolas Cardyn 1,161.08 230th
Martin Finger 1,047.39 299th
Stefan Huber 1,047.28 300th

The four who fell this week were Andrea Benelli, Mike Sowers, Ray Qartomy and Taylor von Kriegenbergh.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Dan Smith. Thanks to his win in the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, Smith rose 90 spots to No. 65.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
44th Joe Tehan 1,805.96 +22
55th Byron Kaverman 1,726.08 +30
65th Dan Smith 1,677.31 +90
83rd Amir Lehavot 1,588.24 +17
89th Benjamin Pollak 1,551,71 +29
91st Tristan Wade 1,540.98 +13
129th Erich Kollmann 1,408.18 +18
209th Stephane Benadiba 1,202.67 +10
248th Simon Charette 1,136.56 +17
259th Adam Levy 1,113.51 +33

Tyler Bonkowski suffered the biggest hit this week. His 14th-place finish in the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event dropped into Period 3. In addition, his 49th-place result in the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event slipped into Period 5. That combination resulted in a drop of 71 spots.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
74th Tom Marchese 1,637.56 -30
103rd Hafiz Khan 1,504.15 -30
125th David Steicke 1,425.60 -37
165th Adam Geyer 1,276.41 -41
184th Matt Stout 1,241.00 -31
211th Randy Lew 1,196.18 -59
227th Lee Markholt 1,166.33 -37
245th Tyler Bonkowski 1,140.91 -71
249th Joe Elpayaa 1,134.88 -25
267th Guillaume Darcourt 1,102.23 -29

What’s In Store?

Down under at the Aussie Millions, the $250,000 Super High-Roller is set to begin on Saturday. While that result will certainly affect next week’s rankings, last year’s results in that very event will also play a role. Erik Seidel defeated Sam Trickett heads-up to win last year’s event, and those results will fall into Period 3 in next week’s rankings. As a result, they will both see their stock fall. Barring a big result from Seidel in the next few days, expect Jason Mercier to be back on top of the GPI.

Last September, Phil Ivey fell off of the GPI completely. He went all of 2011 without a tournament cash, albeit with a very light schedule. However, 2012 will be different because Ivey not only cashed in the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event, but he is still in the hunt with 26 players remaining. With a solid showing, Ivey could make his return to the GPI.

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