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Global Poker Index: Seidel Leads; Buchanan Set to Make Push Towards the Top

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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 result over six half-year periods. Erik Seidel remains on top, Jason Mercier slipped to No. 4, and Shawn Buchanan is going to make some serious noise next week. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of October 17, 2011

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Erik Seidel2,586.960
2Eugene Katchalov2,495.422
3Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,477.270
4Jason Mercier2,390.62-2
5Sorel Mizzi2,344.310
6Fabrice Soulier2,257.900
7Tom Marchese2,058.110
8Juha Helppi2,031.392
9Shawn Buchanan2,006.750
10Scott Seiver2,003.33-2

We knew it was coming. For the last two weeks, we hinted that Jason Mercier was going to fall from the very top because of scores moving into previous periods and falling out of the GPI altogether. With that occurring, Eugene Katchalov has seized the No. 2 spot of the GPI. While both had their first and second place finishes from the 2011 Mohegan Sun NAPT Bounty Shootout fall into Period 2, Katchalov eased the Period 1 loss with his eighth-place finish in the inaugural Epic Poker Leave Main Event taking its place. At the same time, that second-place finish in the bounty shootout improved his Period 2 results.

Welcome to the GPI

Nine new players are on this week's GPI. Michael Tureniec debuts with the highest position thanks to his eighth-place finish at the EPT London High Roller Event earlier this month.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Michael Tureniec1,241.81167th
Mike Watson1,122.94234th
Jonathan Jaffe1,120.91236th
James Bord1,119.03238th
Matt Affleck1,071.04273rd
Ramzi Jelassi1,063.90279th
Keven Stammen1,062.81280th
Ted Forrest1,032.79297th
Isaac Haxton1,032.40298th

Those who slipped from the GPI this week are Andrew Teng, Dragan Galic, Jason Koon, John Monnette, Mark Flowers, Micah Raskin, Ronny Kaiser, Stephane Albertini, and Steve Gross.

Ups and Downs

The aforementioned EPT London High Roller, as well as the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe, are the key reasons for the top ten gains of the week. Philipp Gruissem took down the EPT London High Roller and rather than fall off the GPI (he was No. 299 last week), Gruissem vaulted up the ranks 225 spots to No. 74. Thanks to their respective bracelet wins at the WSOPE, Steve Billirakis and Tristan Wade both jumped into the top 100.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
36thRob Akery1,702.63+69
67thSteve Billirakis1,553.57+156
74thPhilipp Gruissem1,527.13+225
79thTristan Wade1,517.49+45
118thTimothy Finne1,354.46+40
119thRichard Toth1,354.26+147
137thAdrien Allain1,300.26+104
162ndJames Mitchell1,246.95+53
172ndErich Kollman1,235.26+49
182ndKyle Bowker1,215.65+53

Joseph Cheong had the biggest drop this week. Combined with falling 50 spots last week, Cheong slid 162 places the last two weeks. His second place finish in the 2010 EPT London High Roller and his victory in a $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Tournament at the 2010 Festa Al Lago have both recently dropped from his Period 2 to Period 3, leaving his Period 2 with zero GPI results.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
165thDominik Nitsche1,242.34-92
166thAndy Frankenberger1,242.00-70
229thMatthew Stout1,133.01-84
232ndMichael Benvenuti1,129.00-103
242ndJohn Parker1,112.72-72
244thNoah Schwartz1,110.48-84
246thNicolas Cardyn1,109.38-48
258thJoseph Cheong1,090.64-112
274thJared Jaffee1,069.56-92
300thJeff Madsen1,030.11-91

What's In Store?

As of the writing of this article, the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe is nearing its end. Eight players remain in the Main Event, and while several can make serious waves in next week's GPI, one in particular is going to shake things up at the top. Shawn Buchanan is going to shoot up to the top ten. The question is, where will he land?

Along with his runner-up showing in the $10,000 HORSE Championship this summer at the WSOP, his second-place finish in the €10,400 No-Limit Hold'em (Split Format) and a sixth-place finish in the WSOPE Main Event are going to make Buchanan's Period 1 results very Seidel-esque with three monster results.

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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