Global Poker Index: Steve O’Dwyer Eyes the Top of the GPI

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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. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of May 21, 2012

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,885.25
2 Jason Mercier 2,861.95
3 David "Doc" Sands 2,581.69
4 Sorel Mizzi 2,506.11
5 Steve O’Dwyer 2,441.45
6 Dan Smith 2,430.18 +1
7 Noah Schwartz 2,414.38 +1
8 Eugene Katchalov 2,404.96 -2
9 Mike McDonald 2,332.42
10 Jonathan Duhamel 2,288.28

The only change in the top 10 this week was Eugene Katchalov slipping two spots. His runner-up showing in a €2,000 no-limit hold’em side event at EPT Loutraki last November aged into Period 2. Furthermore that result doesn’t play a role because of better results already occupying his four counting scores for Period 2.

Welcome to the GPI

Cliff Josephy entered the GPI with the highest rank of the 10 new players to this week’s list. He took down a $5,000 no-limit hold’em event at the WPT World Championship over the weekend.

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Cliff Josephy 1,223.10 192nd
Steve Brecher 1,089.82 263rd
Mike Binger 1,033.75 293rd
Lucien Cohen 1,033.61 294th
Jake Bazeley 1,032.96 295th
Mard Wissing 1,032.78 296th
Dobromir Nikov 1,031.09 297th
Justin Smith 1,027.56 298th
Roland Israelashvili 1,026.37 299th
Torsten Brinkmann 1,026.24 300th

Falling from the GPI this week were Chris Tryba, Connor Drinan, Dominik Nitsche, Eric Baldwin, Jeff Sluzinski, Mario Puccini, Mike Beasley, Nick Grippo, Per Linde, and Ray Qartomy.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Cary Katz. His fourth-place finish in the same $5,000 event that Josephy won gave his Period 1 results a significant boost.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
71st Ognjen Sekularec 1,655.59 +31
72nd Koen De Visscher 1,651.89 +34
95th Vojtech Ruzicka 1,546.17 +40
147th Cary Katz 1,345.45 +90
150th Vitor Coelho 1,339.67 +46
200th Brian Hawkins 1,212.94 +42
213th Robert Cezarescu 1,185.24 +33
215th Max Silver 1,181.01 +84
223rd David Pham 1,163.49 +75
225th Allen Cunningham 1,160.85 +70

On the other end of the spectrum is Vanessa Rousso. Her previously mentioned third-place finish in that same EPT Loutraki side event aged into Period 2, and like with Katchalov, it doesn’t help her Period 2 score. Furthermore, Rousso’s Period 1 is now empty.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
124th Andras Kovacs 1,427.73 -38
128th Scott Clements 1,415.25 -36
130th Dwyte Pilgrim 1,412.28 -34
157th David Vamplew 1,323.89 -52
188th Victor Ramdin 1,241.29 -44
197th Jude Ainsworth 1,217.67 -43
230th Vanessa Rousso 1,157.08 -55
238th Gavin Smith 1,132.51 -48
240th Alex Venovski 1,131.11 -51
258th Ted Lawson 1,096.38 -46

What’s In Store?

The WPT World Championship is down to nine players and still in hunt for the title is Steve O’Dwyer. At No. 5 on the GPI, O’Dwyer is likely to crack the top four with certainty and even make a run for No. 1 or 2 with a win. Marvin Rettenmaier (No. 31) is the chip leader, Michael Mizrachi (No. 138) is second in chips, and Nick Schulman (No. 238) is fifth in chips. Expect each to see a nice rise in their GPI standings come next week.

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