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Global Poker Index: Failla Cracks Top 10; Seidel's Reign May Soon End

Will Failla

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. There was very little change at the top this week, but that won't be the case next week. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of November 14, 2011

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Erik Seidel2,586.960
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,493.710
3Jason Mercier2,398.580
4Eugene Katchalov2,382.220
5Shawn Buchanan2,331.450
6Sorel Mizzi2,180.960
7Sam Stein2,178.260
8Fabrice Soulier2,018.480
9Matt Waxman2,003.460
10Will "The Thrill" Failla1,975.60+7

The top nine remained the same, but Will "The Thrill" Failla replaced Scott Seiver in the No. 10 spot. Seiver's win at the WPT Championship in May fell from Period 1 to Period 2, resulting in a drop of 18 spots. Failla's 15th-place finish in the WPT Championship fell into Period 2, as well, however, not only did that result improve his Period 2 calculations, but Failla's Period 1 was hardly affected because he had several similar scores to replace it.

Welcome to the GPI

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Nico Fierro1,168.72211th
Ronny Kaiser1,145.22231st
Tom McCormick1,133.99235th
Anton Wigg1,071.36265th
Paul Berende1,069.74269th
Ruben Visser1,046.70284th
Nick Yunis1,045.39285th
Jean-Philippe Rohr1,032.22293rd
Markus Ristola1,029.39294th
Mihails Morozovs1,026.89296th

The ten who fell from the GPI this week are Chance Kornuth, Heinz Kamutzki, Jan Bendik, Justin Smith, Kyle Bowker, Kyle Loman, Mark Radoja, Maurizio Sepede, Ray Henson, and Stephane Benadiba.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Scott Baumstein. On the heels of his fourth-place finish at the WPT Amneville Main Event, he took first place in a €10,000 No-Limit Holdem High Roller tournament at the Master Classics of Poker 2011 to vault 175 spots up the GPI. Adrien Allain, winner of the WPT Amneville Main Event, also had a big increase in his score as he ascended 173 spots on the GPI.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
63rdHafiz Khan1,577.69+50
71stAdrien Allain1,532.26+173
83rdScott Baumstein1,510.33+175
85thGovert Metaal1,507.30+59
93rdArnaud Mattern1,473.79+74
128thTy Reiman1,342.95+38
177thAndrew Chen1,226.30+46
179thMarc Inizan1,219.42+102
180thJonathan Jaffe1,218.75+54
240thMicah Raskin1,123.61+40
255thJosh Bergman1,084.37+38

Ville Haavisto plummeted 142 spots down the list. A combination of two aging scores resulted in his drop. First, a fourth-place finish in a PLO event at the EPT Grand Final in May fell into Period 2. Also, his lone career six-figure score (a runner-up performance at the Master Classics of Poker 2010) dropped from Period 2 to Period 3.

Both Farzad Bonyadi and Galen Hall slid more than 100 spots each, as well. Their respective second and third place finishes the WPT Championship fell from Period 1 to Period 2.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
111thRob Akery1,412.91-56
173rdGalen Hall1,244.04-104
188thGeorge Lind1,205.54-61
200thEric Haik1,187.15-80
206thPhil Laak1,173.77-64
210thSteven Kelly1,168.86-65
220thNichlas Mattsson1,157.60-114
268thTyler Kenney1,070.97-79
291stFarzad Bonyadi1,034.60-113
297thVille Haavisto1,026.85-142

What's In Store?

A change at the top of the GPI is a possibility as Erik Seidel's score is going to dip next week. His victory in the $100,000 Super High Roller Event at the Five Star World Poker Classic is going to drop into Period 2 next week. As a result, his Period 1 tally is going to take a substantial hit and shockingly, he does not have a seven-figure (or even a six-figure) score to take its place. Perhaps he is human after all.

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