Global Poker Index: Busquet Making a Run For Top 20

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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. It was a light week on the GPI front as there were absolutely no changes in the top 10. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of March 26, 2012

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Jason Mercier 2,980.42
2 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,845.12
3 Shawn Buchanan 2,751.42
4 Eugene Katchalov 2,575.42
5 David "Doc" Sands 2,533.47
6 Erik Seidel 2,510.57
7 Sorel Mizzi 2,427.21
8 Steve O’Dwyer 2,381.88
9 Vanessa Selbst 2,368.63
10 Andrew Lichtenberger 2,348.38

Welcome to the GPI

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Rumen Nanev 1,082.14 270th
Mayu Roca 1,061.91 285th
Nacho Barbero 1,048.18 297th
Dana Kellstrom 1,047.30 298th
Davidi Kitai 1,046.39 300th

Those who fell off the GPI this week include Bolivar Palacios, Brian Powell, Dan Fleyshman, Justin Bonomo, and Yorane Kerignard.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Leo Fernandez. Now being reflected in the GPI is his win in the R$9,600 (about $5,300) High-Roller event last month at the LAPT Grand Final, for which he pocketed $71,717.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
51st Phil Hellmuth 1,748.27 +12
59th Alex Kravchenko 1,693.96 +16
69th Leo Fernandez 1,650.84 +74
96th Dmitry Vitkind 1,556.74 +28
100th Erich Kollmann 1,545.10 +18
139th Salvatore Bonavena 1,39074 +20
184th Eric Froehlich 1,289.08 +26
259th Russell Carson 1,101.22 +13
274th Giuseppe Pantaleo 1,080.84 +16

Marc Inizan took the biggest hit this week. Two aging scores led to Inizan’s fall, starting with a 29th-place finish at the 2011 WPT Vienna last March slipping into Period 3. In addition, his ninth-place result at the 2010 WSOPE Main Event aged into Period 4.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
130th Tristan Clemencon 1,434.14 -47
135th Simon Ravnsbaek 1,413.51 -47
137th Rob Akery 1,397.91 -35
181st Luca Pagano 1,295.11 -41
192nd Marc Inizan 1,276.29 -55
224th Koen de Visscher 1,173.76 -39
252nd Kevin Vandersmissen 1,114.69 -47
261st Daniel Neilson 1,100.38 -31
265th Andreas Wiese 1,091.40 -37

What’s In Store?

The live tournament slate is light, but among the 60 players left on Day 3 of the 2012 PokerStars.it EPT Campione Main Event include Fabrice Soulier (26th in the GPI), Olivier Busquet (35th), Todd Terry (56th), David Vamplew (137th), and Ronny Kaiser (177th). Deep runs could vault Soulier and Busquet into the top 20 of the GPI come next week.

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