Global Poker Index: Seidel Maintains Lead

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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. Erik Seidel is still on top this week as the top 10 remained mostly the same. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of January 30, 2012

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Erik Seidel 3,069.84 0
2 Jason Mercier 2,986.07 0
3 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,839.23 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 0
8 Matt Waxman 2,400.18 +1
9 Vanessa Selbst 2,397.53 -1
10 Mike "Timex" McDonald 2,377.53 +1

Back in the top ten this week is Mike "Timex" McDonald, one week after making way for Jonathan Duhamel. Last January, Duhamel took first place in the €10,000 High-Roller event at the 2011 EPT Deauville. That score fell into Period 3, and as a result, Duhamel dropped six spots on the GPI.

Welcome to the GPI

Daniel Idema returns to the GPI with the best ranking of the 11 new players after his eighth-place result in the Aussie Millions Main Event.

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Daniel Idema 1,323.23 158th
Daniel Chevalier 1,304.80 164th
Brian Hawkins 1,122.06 257th
Nacho Barbero 1,113.64 262nd
Taylor von Kriegenbergh 1,105.10 266th
Sebastian Winkler 1,094.21 273rd
Grant Levy 1,093.92 274th
Daniel Reijmer 1,078.21 288th
Connor Drinan 1,076.66 289th
Paul Berende 1,053.79 298th
Kevin Calenzo 1,050.97 300th

The 11 players who fell from the GPI this week were Cornel Cimpan, David Sonelin, Denys Drobyna, Jacob Bazeley, Lucien Cohen, Maria Ho, Martin Finger, Maurizio Sepede, Owais Ahmed, Sigurd Eskeland, and Stefan Huber.

In last week’s article we mentioned that Phil Ivey could very well be returning to the GPI, because he was deep in the Main Event at the Aussie Millions. In addition to his eventual 12th-place finish, Ivey won the AUD$250,000 tournament for more than AUD$2,000,000. However, that win is not reflected in the GPI because the event only drew 16 players. To qualify for the GPI, a tournament must have at least 21 entrants. As a result, Ivey didn’t crack the GPI quite yet.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Jason Koon. With a 27th-place finish in the Aussie Millions Main Event, Koon added a third result for his Period 1 scores during January, going along with two cashes at the PCA.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
68th Jason Koon 1,663.88 +121
82nd David Steicke 1,610.00 +43
91st Faraz Jaka 1,569.10 +54
112th Matt Stout 1,479.75 +72
127th Michael Tureniec 1,424.61 +93
151st Dominykas Karmazinas 1,344.84 +44
162nd Khiem Nguyen 1,316.74 +100
165th Jeff Lisandro 1,297.85 +64
182nd Manuel Bevand 1,261.49 +87
186th Alain Roy 1,248.77 +94

Kenny Hallaert saw his GPI stock fall the most. His sixth-place finish in the 2011 EPT Deauville Main Event fell from Period 2 to Period 3.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
128th Tristan Wade 1,423.84 -37
168th Kristijonas Andrulis 1,292.75 -35
223rd Marco Leonzio 1,178.74 -40
226th Cristiano Guerra 1,174.08 -46
227th Justin Smith 1,173.91 -35
246th Luca Pagano 1,142.87 -52
256th Kenny Hallaert 1,122.33 -80
259th Jeff Papola 1,119.94 -35
282nd Daniel Colman 1,087.26 -60
295th Mike Beasley 1,056.92 -70

What’s In Store?

EPT Deauville is in the midst of its Main Event, which concludes on Monday. While it probably won’t be a part of next week’s rankings, many side events will be and should result in some movement throughout the GPI.

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