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Global Poker Index: Jonathan Karamalikis Climbs The Rankings

Jonathan Karamalikis

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 November 12, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Dan Smith3,041.92--
2Jason Mercier2,891.05--
3Marvin Rettenmaier2,758.57--
4Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier2,682.86-
5Steve O'Dwyer2,546.84+2
6Philipp Gruissem2,515.25--
7Andrew Lichtenberger2,453.78-2
8Mike Watson2,445.48+2
9Phil Hellmuth2,421.95-1
10David "Doc" Sands2,409.74-1

Steve O'Dwyer jumped back into the No. 5 spot this week. He finished fourth out of 57 for €18,680 in a €3,000 pot-limit Omaha tournament at the 2012 CAPT European Poker Championship/Poker EM in Baden, Austria.

Welcome to the GPI

Seven players are new to this week's GPI, led by Jeffrey Rossiter at No. 112. Rossiter had an excellent Asia Championship of Poker, posting two six-figure scores. He won the HKD$23,000 (about $3,000) No-Limit Hold'em Warm-Up event for $229,276, and followed that up with a runner-up showing in the HKD$240,000 (about $31,000) No-Limit Hold'em High Roller event for $286,949.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Jeffrey Rossiter1,529.59112th
Paul Guichard1,110.81265th
Alexander Roumeliotis1,090.20275th
Dan Murariu1,039.59298th
David Paredes1,037.84299th
Keith Lehr1,036.39300th (tie)
Simeon Naydenov1,036.39300th (tie)

The six players (because of the tie at No. 300) who fell from the GPI this week were Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Brian Hastings, Eric Baldwin, Igor Yaroshevsky, Jan Bendik, and Joe Ebanks.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Jonathan Karamalikis, thanks to a win at the Asia Championship of Poker. He topped the 39-player field in the HKD$240,000 (about $31,000) No-Limit Hold'em High Roller event for $478,292.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
47thIgor Kurganov1,865.20+37
75thSam Stein1,692.58+17
89thOle Schemion1,622.79+126
107thJonathan Karamalikis1,541.68+152
129thDavid Steicke1,475.82+60
167thAnton Wigg1,336.48+26
189thAlex Kravchenko1,276.53+7
199thFabrizio Gonzalez1,250.49+7
225thGreg Ronaldson1,182.66+7
231stTy Reiman1,172,25+11

Falling furthest this week were David Peters and Fernando Brito. Peters' seventh-place finish in the €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Master Classics of Poker 2011 (for €58,800) aged into Period 3, while Brito saw two five-figure scores from May 2011 age into Period 4.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
80thDavid Peters1,658.90-35
141stBrandon Cantu1,439.90-22
142ndFernando Brito1,438.67-35
144thJoe Elpayaa1,424.57-29
163rdKyle Bowker1,345.60-27
209thSergio Castelluccio1,231.17-22
228thJean-Philippe Rohr1,178.30-33
242ndHarrison Gimbel1,154.62-31
246thLeo Fernandez1,139.14-34
283rdMarco Leonzio1,066.18-22

What's In Store?

The 2012 World Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville wrapped up on Tuesday and Noah Schwartz took it down for $402,970. His No. 65 GPI ranking will see a nice spike, as will runner-up Byron Kaverman's No. 77 ranking.

To view 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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