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Global Poker Index: Seidel Still On Top, Buchanan Cracks Top Ten

Shawn Buchanan

Each week the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world. There was little change in the top ten as Erik Seidel remains on top with a minuscule lead over Jason Mercier, though there is one new addition. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of September 19, 2011

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Erik Seidel2,604.550
2Jason Mercier2,604.480
3Eugene Katchalov2,505.060
4Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,486.000
5Sorel Mizzi2,359.290
6Fabrice Soulier2,234.250
7Tom Marchese2,146.220
8Scott Seiver2,056.290
9Daniel Negreanu2,043.770
10Shawn Buchanan1,986.96+8

The only change to the top ten this week was Shawn Buchanan sneaking in at No. 10, taking John Juanda's place. Buchanan's last tournament cash was in August, so why did he jump eight spots? In March, Buchanan min-cashed in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship. That result slipped from Period 1 to Period 2, leading to a slight decrease in Buchanan's Period 1 score because it was replaced by another result. However, that min-cash in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship now gives Buchanan a full complement of Period 2 scores to be calculated by the GPI, therefore resulting in his top ten appearance.

It's a similar story for Juanda, but the opposite result. His 25th-place finish in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship slipped to Period 2, as well, also giving him a full complement of Period 2 scores to be calculated. However, unlike Buchanan, Juanda doesn't have a fourth cash in Period 1 to replace it, resulting in his three-spot drop to No. 13 on the GPI.

Welcome to the GPI

Six players are new to this week's rankings, including a few familiar names from past weeks.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Tyler Smith1,100.86257th
Shawn Busse1,086.13271st
Valdemar Kwaysser1,082.46275th
Russell Carson1,072.07279th
Zachary Clark1,042.60298th
Brett Richey1,041.82299th

Who dropped from the top 300 on the GPI this week? A few very big names, that's who. No longer on the list are Jeff Madsen, Kathy Liebert, Ted Forrest, Michael Tureniec, Phillippe Ktorza, and Kent Lundmark.

Ups and Downs

The biggest jump of the week belongs to Frenchman Antony Lellouche. Davidi Kitai also saw a big jump in his rankings thanks to a first and second finish for the duo at the WPT Rendez-Vous à Paris in a pot-limit Omaha side event. Each earned more than $100,000 for their respective performances. Also rising in the GPI ranks this week was Alexander Kravchenko, who cracked the top 50 in the process. In a similar situation to Buchanan, Kravchenko had a score move from Period 1 to Period 2, thus giving him a full complement of Period 2 scores to be calculated, while a similar recent score just about made up the difference in Period 1.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
42ndAlexander Kravchenko1,649.62+53
52ndGalen Hall1,608.79+26
92ndStephen O'Dwyer1,477.64+29
105thHafiz Khan1,422.85+55
121stKevin Vandersmissen1,346.40+38
136thAntony Lellouche1,321.90+78
166thDavidi Kitai1,239.46+61
179thMark Flowers1,220.30+56
181stMatt Berkey1,218.46+74
248thJohn Monnette1,113.67+20

Suffering the steepest fall this week was Joe Serock. A second-place finish in the £5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event at the 2010 WSOPE fell from Period 2 to Period 3, leaving Serock's Period 2 composed of three very minor results. Jeff Papola experienced a similar drop. His seventh-place showing at the 2010 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship Event also slipped from Period 2 to Period 3.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
140thTy Reiman1,310.74-54
189thEric Haik1,206.04-62
212thSalvatore Bonavena1,168.60-69
215thKevin MacPhee1,165.48-46
225thGiuseppe Pantaleo1,153.01-42
251stSteven Kelly1,111.07-73
262ndJeff Papola1,095.74-76
269thJoe Serock1,087.70-113
273rdAlain Roy1,083.80-92
274thDavid Diaz1,083.35-53

What's In Store?

The World Poker Tour is in full swing right now with stops on both sides of globe running. The 2011 WPT Malta is just under way, while, at the time of writing, the 2011 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship Event is down to 27 players. Will "The Thrill" Failla's heater continues as he sits atop the chip counts. Will his hot streak lead to a spot in the GPI top ten? Vanessa Selbst is also still in field. Might she make a return trip toward the top of the GPI?

On the other hand, there are those who are due for a fall. Dmitry Gromov, currently No. 72 on the GPI, will drop a bit next week since his win at the 2011 WPT Vienna Main Event in March will move from Period 1 to Period 2. McLean Karr will also slide next week because two of his GPI results will fall to other Periods. His 16th-place finish in the £10,000 No-Limit Hold'em High-Roller Heads-Up at the 2010 WSOPE will fall from Period 2 to Period 3. Also due to fall (though, it may occur in two weeks because of the cutoff date) from Period 1 to Period 2 is Karr's victory in the 2011 WPT Vienna High-Roller.

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