Global Poker Index: Jason Mercier Continues to Hold Off Grospellier and Smith

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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 August 20, 2012

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Jason Mercier 2,823.31
2 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,773.32
3 Dan Smith 2,644.59
4 Marvin Rettenmaier 2,635.92
5 Steve O’Dwyer 2,607.66
6 Vanessa Selbst 2,579.49
7 Mike McDonald 2,518.15 +2
8 Erik Seidel 2,509.06 +7
9 Eugene Katchalov 2,443.91 -2
10 Andrew Lichtenberger 2,416.49 -2

Despite recently winning the European Poker Tour Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller (for €962,925), Dan Smith still sits in the No. 3 position. An aging Period 2 score kept Smith from gaining on Jason Mercier and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Smith’s runner-up showing in the $1,850 no-limit hold’em event at the Park Open Classic last August aged into Period 3. That leaves him with three cashes in Period 2 (one short of a full slate), so the net loss in his Period 2 outweighs his net gains in Periods 1 and 3.

Erik Seidel’s stay outside of the top 10 was quick, as his sixth-place finish in the European Poker Tour Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller (worth €153,600) bumped him up seven places to No. 8. Mike "Timex" McDonald also made that final table, finishing fifth for €215,100 and rising two places to No. 7.

Welcome to the GPI

Six players were new to this week’s GPI, led by Kunal Patel at No. 248, following his 21st-place finish in the $3,300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event at the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic.

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Kunal Patel 1,150.83 248th
Paul Volpe 1,123.67 262nd
Vinny Pahuja 1,114.93 267th
Kevin Calenzo 1,098.97 281st
Paul Lieu 1,085.28 289th
Athanasios Polychronopoulos 1,075.69 296th

Falling from the GPI this week were Dan Murariu, David Pham, Eric Baldwin, Paul Vas Nunes, Marc Inizan, and Leo Fernandez.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Anthony Gregg, who took down the $3,300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event at the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
31st Daniel Negreanu 2,046.28 +18
40th Mike Watson 1,956.51 +28
75th Govert Metaal 1,759.30 +21
82nd Gavin Smith 1,723.58 +16
106th Anthony Gregg 1,592.32 +103
128th Barry Greenstein 1,512.62 +16
165th Corey Burbick 1,367.54 +16
197th Allen Bari 1,275.89 +25
213th David Paredes 1,244.64 +79
222nd Andrea Benelli 1,214.18 +64
271st Ryan Julius 1,106.96 +29

Max Silver’s GPI stock fell the most this week. His win in a €2,000 no-limit hold’em event at the UK & Ireland Poker Tour Galway aged into Period 2.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
58th Toby Lewis 1,854.48 -18
61st Rodger Hairabedian 1,851.99 -19
96th McLean Karr 1,667.50 -30
127th Elio Fox 1,514.40 -22
171st Jake Cody 1,356.27 -22
225th Brian Hastings 1,203.90 -36
259th Khiem Nguyen 1,133.43 -31
278th Max Lykov 1,101.31 -19
284th Max Silver 1,097.79 -82
298th Matt Berkey 1,073.89 -24

What’s In Store?

The European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event is set to wrap up this weekend. In addition, the €10,000 High Roller event will also take place featuring many of the top names in the GPI.

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