Global Poker Index: The Calm Before the September Storm



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. Changes were minimal near the top of the GPI this week, meaning Jason Mercier still holds a narrow lead. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of September 3, 2012

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank from Last Week
1 Jason Mercier 2,823.09.
2 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,820.14
3 Dan Smith 2,644.59
4 Marvin Rettenmaier 2,635.92
5 Steve O’Dwyer 2,595.21
6 Vanessa Selbst 2,508.90
7 Mike McDonald 2,505.44 +1
8 Erik Seidel 2,475.76 -1
9 Andrew Lichtenberger 2,423.38
10 Sorel Mizzi 2,373.94

Welcome to the GPI

Six players are new to this week’s GPI and leading them is Nick Wong. He took third place in the the $258,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller at the 2012 Macau High Stakes Challenge for $3,291,601.

New Additions

Player Total GPI Score GPI Rank
Nick Wong 1,235.63 215th
Ondrek Vinklarek 1,122.04 264th
Greg Ronaldson 1,100.43 282nd
Erich Kollman 1,086.38 292nd
Bryan Devonshire 1,086.15 293rd
Ryan Eriquezzo 1,074.26 300th

Falling from the GPI this week were Andrew Robl, Antony Lellouche, Johnny Lodden, Martin Staszko, Max Lehmanski, and Tim Finne.

Ups and Downs

Jeff Madsen had the biggest rise up the ranks this week. Thanks to his sixth-place finish in the WPT Legends of Poker for $75,400, Madsen is off the GPI bubble for the time being.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
22nd Philipp Gruissem 2,209.28 +20
37th Sam Trickett 1,989.71 +45
70th John Juanda 1,800.73 +21
98th Joni Jouhkimainen 1,619.76 +31
125th Ali Eslami 1,539.36 +81
129th Yevgeniy Timoshenko 1,521.95 +48
164th Brian Hawkins 1,379.17 +29
193rd David Paredes 1,284.47 +41
208th Jeff Madsen 1,243.77 +83
240th Dominik Nitsche 1,163.30 +34

Taking the biggest dive this week was Joe Ebanks. His runner-up finish in a €2,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at EPT Barcelona in 2011 (worth €100,750) aged into Period 3.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total Score Change in Rank From Last Week
111th Davidi Kitai 1,584.77 -35
127th Frederik Jensen 1,523.66 -33
139th Vadzim Kursevich 1,502.20 – 38
151st Sergio Castelluccio 1,444.60 – 25
180th Dominykas Karmazinas 1,333.30 -80
209th Anatoly Gurtovy 1,243.00 -29
253rd Artem Litvinov 1,138.23 -30
263rd Andrea Benelli 1,122.37 -26
281st Konstantin Tolokno 1,100.72 -35
298th Joe Ebanks 1,077.74 -89

What’s In Store?

Aside from the 2012 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event running currently, later in September is when the tournament scene will really pick up again when the World Series of Poker Europe, WPT Grand Prix de Paris, WPT Malta, and WPT Borgata Poker Open take place.

To look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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