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Global Poker Index: Seidel Overtakes Mercier Again for Top Spot

Erik Seidel

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world. The list is created by using a formula that takes a player's results over six half-year periods. Jason Mercier and Erik Seidel have traded weeks in the top spot lately, but Seidel has overtaken Mercier this week. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of October 10, 2011

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Erik Seidel2,586.961
2Jason Mercier2,545.04-1
3Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,503.670
4Eugene Katchalov2,473.830
5Sorel Mizzi2,341.120
6Fabrice Soulier2,257.900
7Tom Marchese2,058.110
8Scott Seiver2,003.330
9Shawn Buchanan1,986.961
10Juha Helppi1,970.14-1

As we hinted last week, Mercier was due for a slight drop because of old scores. His second-largest career score, a win in the 2008 European Poker Tour London High Roller, fell out of the GPI entirely and even though he has other Period 6 scores to soften the blow, they were not enough to keep him in first place.

Welcome to the GPI

In a mixed bag of brand new players and familiar GPI faces, there were fifteen additions to this week's GPI. The two making the biggest splash were Kevin Iacofano and Martins Adeniya, thanks to sixth and seventh place finishes in the 2011 European Poker Tour London Main Event.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Kevin Iacofano1,241.48167th
Martins Adeniya1,198.48196th
Nicolas Cardyn1,192.91198th
Joao Barbosa1,182.59204th
Humberto Brenes1,169.24211th
James Mitchell1,166.78215th
Dermot Blain1,166.21216th
Juan Manuel Pastor1,150.22229th
Adrien Allain1,121.28241st
Juan Maceiras Lapido1,106.67248th
Morten Mortensen1,069.31277th
Maksim Kolosov1,066.87279th
Kyle Loman1,052.88284th
Mark Radoja1,048.76289th
Matt Matros1,043.94291st

The fifteen who fell from the GPI this week were Cornel Cimpan, Dan Shak, David Steicke, Isaac Haxton, Jérome Zerbib, Jeff Papola, Jean-Philippe Rohr, Jonathan Jaffe, Lars Bonding, Kristijonas Andrulis, Paul Berende, Shander De-Vries, Ted Forrest, Valdemar Kwaysser, and Zachary Clark.

Ups and Downs

Thank to their respective first and second-place finishes in the EPT London Main Event last week, Benny Spindler and Steve O'Dwyer made huge leaps up the GPI to 24th and 15th place, respectively. The biggest jump of the week belonged to Salvatore Bonavena. With a cash at the EPT London Main Event, as well as cash in the Poker Grand Prix in Saint-Vincent, Italy, the week before, he has two Period 1 scores to go along with the rest of his GPI calculations.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
15thSteve O'Dwyer1,886.86+72
24thBenny Spindler1,814.80+92
103rdSalvatore Bonavena1,425.27+165
120thRupert Elder1,338.01+68
137thAndrew Chen1,301.91+86
141stSteven Kelly1,294.48+91
147thNenad Medic1,274.26+75
159thFabrizio Gonzalez1,257.03+87
168thSebastian Ruthenberg1,241.35+125
185thMarco Leonzio1,214.80+109

Tomer Berda experienced the biggest drop this week. His biggest Period 1 result, a cash in the 2011 EPT Berlin Main Event in April, dropped into Period 2. With only one minor cash remaining in Period 1, Berda's GPI score took a big hit. Meanwhile, inaugural Epic Poker League champion David “Chino” Rheem fell out of the top 60. His result in the £10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo High Roller from the 2010 EPT London now falls under Period 3, rather than Period 2, and as a result, Rheem, fell roughly 50 spots.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
108thDavid “Chino” Rheem1,408.39-54
146thJoseph Cheong1,275.12-50
208thKevin Vandersmissen1,175.02-93
225thDavidi Kitai1,154.64-63
228thVanessa Rousso1,151.37-59
250thMax Heinzelmann1,105.01-74
260thDori Yacoub1,088.01-63
276thTomer Berda1,069.37-118
299thPhilipp Gruissem1,034.74-63
300thKevin MacPhee1,034.31-73

What's In Store?

With the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe in full swing, there will be some significant movement in the GPI next week. Steve Billirakis captured a bracelet on Wednesday and will be sure to improve upon his 223rd place in the GPI. As of the writing of this article, Bertrand Grospellier, Steve O'Dwyer, and Tristan Wade are at a final table in Cannes. A win for "ElkY" probably wouldn't replace his other Period 1 scores, but it could prove helpful down the road.

The gap between Seidel and Mercier will widen, giving Seidel more of a cushion. Mercier's first-place finish at the 2011 NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout will fall into Period 2. His Period 1 scores will fall as a result, perhaps even opening the door for "ElkY" to take over the No. 2 spot.

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