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Global Poker Index: Joseph Cheong On Verge of Cracking The Top 10

Joseph Cheong

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.

Top 10 as of December 24, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Dan Smith3,051.95---
2Marvin Rettenmaier2,942.82--
3Jason Mercier2,784.95+1
4Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier2,730.60-1
5Andrew Lichtenberger2,559.76+1
6Phil Hellmuth2,527.95-1
7Vanessa Selbst2,446.35--
8David Sands2,410.74--
9Mike Watson2,410. 21--
10Steve O'Dwyer2,390.22--

Though there wasn't much going on inside the top 10, Joseph Cheong jumped 12 spots to just outside the top 10 at No. 11. His ninth-place showing in Event No. 34 ($5,000 PLO Six-Max) at the 2012 World Series of Poker aged into Period 2, where it previously was not among his top four results in Period 1.

Welcome to the GPI

Eleven players are new to this week's GPI, led by Jose Manuel Nadal at No. 218. Nadal finished in 16h place in the Main Event at European Poker Tour Prague for €29,000.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Jose Manuel Nadal1,178.76218th
Chance Kornuth1,077.11268th
Denys Drobyna1,064.51279th
Andrey Pateychuk1,047.69288th
Joe Ebanks1,045.48289th
Eric Froehlich1,043.11291st
Hafiz Khan1,034.80294th
Carla Soninas1,033.46296th
Massimo Mosele1,033.28298th
Stephane Albertini1,030.01299th
Brian Hastings1,027.67300th

Falling from the GPI this week were Allan Le, Brett Richey, Jason DeWitt, Jeff Lisandro, Jesse Alexis Cohen, John Hennigan, Josh Brikis, Mikhail Lakhitov, Ryan Julius, Wilfried Harig and Zachary Korik.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Tomeu Gomila following his third-place finish in a €1,500 No-Limit Hold'em — Prague Super Event at World Poker Tour Prague that is now reflected in the GPI.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
87thFernando Brito1,609.99+52
89thMichael Benvenuti1,606.15+44
120thNick Grippo1,465.98+38
144thTomeu Gomila1,378.69+122
162ndSamad Razavi1,323.42+75
168thAlessandro Longobardi1,314.01+76
177thChris Bjorin1,276.20+46
196thTom Alner1,229.70+75
204thRodrigo Caprioli1,212.81+58
243rdMaria Ho1,132.04+44

Tied for the biggest falls were Jason Koon and Terrence Chan. Koon's 14th-place finish in Event No. 41 at the 2012 WSOP aged into Period 2, while Chan's seventh-place result in Event No. 40 also aged into Period 2.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change from Last Week
96thJason Koon1,579.89-64
122ndDavidi Kitai1,459.05-48
174thJoe Tehan1,296.34-48
198thJohn Racener1,228.02-49
208thRoland Israelashvili1,195.23-61
238thAlex Venovski1,137.11-53
250thDavid Peters1,116.64-57
252ndRocco Palumbo1,113.06-48
282ndBryan Devoshire1,056.74-61
292ndTerrence Chan1,036.60-64

What's in Store?

Changes are coming to the GPI. Every year, an annual review is done to keep the GPI as in tune as possible with the poker world. There are two key changes that will have a significant effect.

First, the minimum tournament buy-in will be lowered from $1,500 to $1,000. Second, the number of scores spread out over the course of the six six-month periods will rise from 21 to 26. With these changes, the GPI can better provide an overall better scope of a player's consistency over the three years.

The changes will take effect in next week's rankings, so expect to see a few shakeups. For a more in-depth look at the changes, check out the Global Poker Index about page.

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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