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Global Poker Index: Phil Ivey is Back

Phil Ivey

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 June 11, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,894.87--
2Jason Mercier2,702.47--
3Steve O'Dwyer2,611.89+1
4Marvin Rettenmaier2,554.67+1
5Dan Smith2,487.81+1
6David "Doc" Sands2,471.19-3
7Jonathan Duhamel2,440.53--
8Noah Schwartz2,440.23--
9Sorel Mizzi2,427.06--
10Eugene Katchalov2,425.03+2

Although there wasn't much movement in the top 10 this week, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier posted a solid score at the World Series of Poker and will extend his lead over Jason Mercier.

Welcome to the GPI

Phil Ivey is back on the GPI with a vengeance. With WSOP final tables made in Event #15 ($5,000 Stud H/L) and Event #17 ($10,000 PLH), Ivey stormed up the ranks to the No. 90 spot. He'll rise even more next week.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Phil Ivey1,620.7090th
John Monnette1,487.15123rd
Brian Hastings1,323.95171st
Mark Radoja1,254.25196th
Manuel Bevand1,243.66200th
Jeff Gross1,223.06210th
Tim Finne1,184.34223rd
Justin Schwartz1,166.93232nd
Brandon Cantu1,151.74234th
Max Pescatori1,147.87236th
Brian Rast1,123.58251st
Mike Binger1,107.62266th
Jesse Alexis Cohen1,101.03270th
Antonio Esfandiari1,092.03277th
Rocco Palumbo1,089.96278th
Mario Puccini1,086.35279th
Greg Ronaldson1,083.68280th
Ravi Raghaven1,080.55284th
Anton Ionel1,076.02285th
Lee Goldman1,064.51288th
James Akenhead1,058.55291st
Humberto Brenes1,057.39292nd
Andrew Robl1,055.07294th
Clayton Mozdzen1,048.84300th

Falling from the GPI this week were Andras Kovacs, Anthony Gargano, Barny Boatman, Chris McClung, Daniel Alaei, David Pham, David Sonelin, Eddy Sabat, Fabian Quoss, Fernando Brito, Grant Levy, Jean-Paul Pierre Pasqualini, Juan Manuel Pastor, Kimmo Matias Kurko, Massimo Mosele, Max Lehmanski, Mayu Roca, Paul Lieu, Peter Jetten, Randy Dorfman, Richard Toth, Rob Akery, Ted Lawson, and Tyler Bonkowski.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Alex Venovski. He finished in fourth place in WSOP Event #17 ($10,000 PLH) for $147,345. The winner of that event, Andy Frankenberger, took it down for $445,899 and rose up the ranks 75 places.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
64thAndy Frankenberger1,765.87+75
76thAlex Venovski1,692.84+138
89thBrock Parker1,636.01+61
111thHoyt Corkins1,540.57+80
131stDavid Benyamine1,457.83+103
134thCary Katz1,441.19+69
160thAllen Bari1,341.53+87
165thBrian Hawkins1,333.58+65
226thPratyush Buddiga1,179.76+58
230thJeff Lisandro1,176.04+59

Taking the biggest GPI hit this week was Dwyte Pilgrim. His Period 1 is empty after two of his scores aged into Period 2. His 37th-place result in the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, along with his ninth-place result in the Epic Poker League Pro-Am Event 3, fell out of his Period 1.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
119thJames Dempsey1,494.10-52
157thJean-Phillipe Rohr1,348.72-53
194thHeinz Kamutzki1,260.37-62
231stSteve Billirakis1,167.61-59
246thAlessio Isaia1,132.14-113
248thChris DeMaci1,129.43-100
256thDwyte Pilgrim1,1113.83-122
263rdJosh Arieh1,109.82-66
271stJustin Smith1,100.52-52
282ndJeff Papola1,081.25-96
290thJude Ainsworth1,058.99-80

What's In Store?

Grospellier final tabled Event #23 ($3,000 NLHE 6-max). He came in sixth place for $68,738 and that score will improve his Period 1 results and give him a little extra cushion at the top of the GPI. Ivey, meanwhile, finished in third place in Event #24 ($5,000 Omaha H/L) for $136,046. From off the GPI to the top 30 in a two-week span is likely for Ivey.

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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