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Global Poker Index: Marvin Rettenmaier Begins 2013 On Top

Marvin Rettenmaier

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 31, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Marvin Rettenmaier3,350.62+1
2Dan Smith3,346.44-1
3Jason Mercier3,091.30--
4Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier3,061.39--
5Andrew Lichtenberger2,953.60--
6Joseph Cheong2,923.00+5
7Steve O'Dwyer2,686.24+3
8Mike Watson2,662.03+1
9David Sands2,641.13-1
10Roberto Romanello2,615.78+5

As we mentioned last week, the GPI's annual review was going to lead to a few changes throughout the rankings. Some shuffling came about in the top 10 with Joseph Cheong and Roberto Romanello coming in, while Phil Hellmuth and Vanessa Selbst slipped out. Hellmuth dropped because of his Big One for One Drop fourth-place finish (for $2,645,333) at the 2012 World Series of Poker aging into Period 2, while Selbst's win in Event No. 52 (10 Game Six-max for $244,259) also aged into Period 2. As a result of their respective aging scores, both Hellmuth and Selbst only have four results counting in Period 1. Cheong and Romanello, previously 11th and 15th on the GPI, each have a full compliment of fives scores constituting Period 1.

Despite the change in scoring, new No. 1 Marvin Rettenmaier was set to take the reigns atop the GPI regardless. Dan Smith's third-place finish in Event No. 50 ($5,000 NLH) at the 2012 WSOP (for $368,943) aged into Period 2, giving Rettenmaier the slight edge at the top.

Welcome to the GPI

With the adjusted scoring system in place, 22 players are new to this week's GPI. Mick Graydon came in best at No. 188, mainly because of an additional €1,000 buy-in event counting. Most notably, he has a full slate of five Period 1 scores because two €1,000 tournaments are counting for him.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Mick Graydon1,349.49188th
Ruben Visser1,275.61215th
David Stefanski1,263.01220th
Casey Kastle1,254.43227th
Eric Baldwin1,230.18236th
Dario Alioto1,226.94237th
Josh Brikis1,226.84238th
Mukul Pahuja1,216.69242nd
Paul Vas Nunes1,210.69245th
Oliver Speidel1,192.06258th
Alex Queen1,191.00259th
Aaron Lim1,173.60264th
Timothy Chang1,171.15265th
Jason Tompkins1,169.73266th
Jean-Philippe Rohr1,165.18268th
Steven van Zadelhoff1,163.98269th
Matthias De Meulder1,162.54271st
Juan Manuel Pastor1,142.95277th
Zachary Corik1,134.37286th
Manig Loeser1,122.82291st
Hiu Chen-Kuo1,116.17296th
Ondrej Vinklarek1,115.53297th

Falling from the GPI this week were Andrey Pateychuk, Benjamin Hamnett, Brian Hastings, Carla Solinas, Cliff Josephy, Daniel Reijmer, Eric Froehlich, Eric Sfez, Fabrizio Gonzalez, Tony Dunst, Greg Ronaldson, Hafiz Khan, James Dempsey, Joe Ebanks, Manuel Bevand, Martins Adeniya, Max Silver, Nam Le, Nicholas Verkaik, Randy Lew, Simeon Naydenov, and Stephane Albertini.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Lee Childs. His 16th-place finish in Event No. 53 ($1,500 NLH) at the 2012 WSOP (for $26,414) aging into Period 2, helping boost his Period 2 while his Period 1 had other scores to help ease the loss. Also, though, Childs is helped throughout the six periods by scores in $1,000 buy-ins that are now GPI eligible.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
72ndOgnjen Sekularec1,786.80+94
124thDominik Nitsche1,554.05+83
131stSalvatore Bonavena1,531.90+98
154thJan Bendik1,443.49+71
172ndRocco Palumbo1,393.08+80
185thLee Childs1,357.84+112
194thKhiem Nguyen1,323.72+83
204thDenys Drobyna1,306.14+75
209thFrank Rusnak1,288.97+63
217thBryan Devonshire1,273.51+65

Taking the biggest hit this week was Galen Hall. He only has one score comprising his Period 1 after two of his results aged. His third-place finish in a $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller at the Deep Stack Extravaganza III (for $51,408) dropped into Period 2, as did his 40th-place finish in Event No. 50 at the 2012 WSOP (for $20,324).

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
127thJason Wheeler1,550.75-62
190thGalen Hall1,334.13-77
211thSteve Barshak1,287.01-51
248thJeff Madsen1,207.09-58
251stJohn Racener1,202.49-53
254thDominykas Karmazinas1,201.26-61
275thJon Turner1,148.81-49
281stJustin Conley1,140.73-65
284thLucille Cailly1,136.27-49
294thAmir Lehavot1,117.23-75

What's In Store?

While the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure begins this weekend, results won't take effect in the GPI for two weeks. Until then, more aging WSOP scores will be the main cause for changes in the GPI.

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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