Global Poker Index: Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier Reclaims Top Spot

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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. We knew it was going to happen and this week it is official — Bertrand "ElkY" Grospeller is No. 1. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of April 30, 2012

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,982.42 +1
2 Jason Mercier 2,898.03 -1
3 Sorel Mizzi 2,553.66
4 Eugene Katchalov 2,551.10
5 David "Doc" Sands 2,475.35 +2
6 Shawn Buchanan 2,366.95
7 Steve O’Dwyer 2,363.78 -2
8 Juha Helppi 2,328.50 +1
9 Martin Jacobson 2,298.84 +9
10 Jonathan Duhamel 2,288.28

Grospellier returned to the top spot for the first time since mid-December 2011. Between his win in the EPT Berlin €10,000 No-Limit Hold’em for €231,000, and his third-place finish in the €100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final for €621,000, Grospellier knocked down Jason Mercier from the top of GPI heap.

Welcome to the GPI

Justin Bonomo had an excellent PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. He took down the €100,000 Super High Roller for €1,640,000 and followed that up by cashing in the Main Event. He final tabled the €25,000 High Roller as well, but that wont take effect until next week’s rankings. Meanwhile, John Dolan took runner-up at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $459,360 to enter the GPI.

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Justin Bonomo 1,612.20 74th
John Dolan 1,382.08 141st
John Andress 1,350.24 151st
Dominykas Karmazinas 1,276.15 178th
Ben Vinson 1,246.37 192nd
Mikhail Petrov 1,232.96 198th
Ignat Liviu 1,192.59 210th
Johnny Lodden 1,189.54 214th
Matthias De Meulder 1,181.20 217th
Basil Yaiche 1,158.36 231st
Jesse Martin 1,148.45 235th
Anatoly Gurtovy 1,132.21 242nd
Yury Gulyy 1,105.61 262nd
Dimitar Danchev 1,095.15 270th
Giuseppe Pantaleo 1,084.48 276th
Kyle Bowker 1,074.67 281st
Maria Ho 1,074.48 282nd
Mark Rose 1,067.57 284th
Pratyush Buddiga 1,055.73 288th
Nacho Barbero 1,049.72 291st
Richard Toth 1,046.62 293rd

Falling from the GPI this week were Andreas Wiese, Andrew Teng, Bernard Lee, Christopher Lastiwka, Dobromir Nikov, Ivo Donev, Jake Bazeley, Josh Bergman, Justin Smith, Khiem Nguyen, Lucien Cohen, Mads Wissing, Massimo Mosele, Mickey Petersen, Mike Leah, Russell Carson, Sami Kelopuro, Taylor von Kriegenbergh, Tom Middleton, and Xuan Liu.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Mohsin Charania following his win in the Main Event at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final for €1,350,000. Vadzim Kursevich, Jason Wheeler, and Sergio Castelluccio also went deep.

Tommy Vedes took down the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $779,520 and rose 99 places as a result. Fellow final tablists Joe Serock and David Paredes also enjoyed a rise up the ranks.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
46th Mohsin Charania 1,780.86 +140
47th Tommy Vedes 1,778.26 +99
63rd Joe Serock 1,685.28 +111
80th Vadzim Kursevich 1,581.23 +104
106th Jason Wheeler 1,497.84 +94
109th Sergio Castelluccio 1,490.80 +122
124th Zach Clark 1,439.84 +125
155th Andrea Benelli 1,336.45 +108
186th David Paredes 1,259.66 +100
199th Torsten Brinkmann 1,230.43 +80

Hoyt Corkins took a big tumble down the GPI this week as his 10th-place finish at the 2011 WPT World Poker Finals aged into Period 2, leaving him with a blank slate in Period 1.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
121st Rupert Elder 1,447.09 -54
140th Keven Stammen 1,383.48 -51
160th Matt Stout 1,318.21 -47
189th Stefan Huber 1,254.04 -51
196th Rob Akery 1,237.82 -48
206th Hoyt Corkins 1,201.36 -74
248th Mike Beasley 1,119.96 -49
250th Dan Kelly 1,119.43 -50
263rd Alain Roy 1,104.80 -78
268th Vitaly Lunkin 1,097.37 -64

What’s In Store?

As we mentioned earlier, the results of the €25,000 High Roller Event at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final will be applied to next week’s rankings. What can we expect to see? Noah Schwartz, currently No. 15 on the GPI, finished in sixth place for €166,000. A return to the GPI top 10 is likely. Daniel Negreanu took second for €598,600 and will improve his current No. 43 position. Justin Bonomo will also shoot up the ranks. He capped his excellent week in Monaco with a fourth-place finish for €266,000 and in a span of two weeks and will go from off the GPI completely to in the top 60.

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