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Global Poker Index: Seidel Still Leads, Stein Returns to Top 10

Sam Stein

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. Erik Seidel remains at the top and barring a huge result from somebody close behind, he's likely to stay there undisturbed for quite some time. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of October 31, 2011

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Erik Seidel2,586.960
2Eugene Katchalov2,518.150
3Jason Mercier2,474.710
4Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,425.510
5Shawn Buchanan2,331.45+1
6Sorel Mizzi2,203.74-1
7Sam Stein2,040.82+9
8Juha Helppi2,031.39+1
9Fabrice Soulier2,018.48-2
10Matt Waxman2,003.460

Sam Stein is back in the top ten after about two months on the outside. At the WSOPE, Stein took fourth place in a €5,000 NLHE six-max turbo side tournament (a nonbracelet event) to improve his Period 1 results. In addition, Stein's 38th-place finish in the 2011 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown fell into his Period 2 calculations and now counts after sitting dormant in Period 1.

Falling from the top ten this week was Tom Marchese. As we hinted at last week, Marchese's top ten standing was in jeopardy. His third-place score at the 2010 WPT World Poker Finals fell from Period 2 to Period 3, and as a result, Marchese dropped to No. 12.

Welcome to the GPI

Aussie Daniel Neilson boasts the most impressive debut on the GPI this week, entering at No. 135 following his third-place finish at EPT San Remo (Season 8) last week. Next up is Jan Bendik at No. 174 thanks to his fifth-place showing in the same tournament.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Daniel Neilson1,315.46135th
Jan Bendik1,235.45174th
Cristiano Guerra1,195.14195th
Massimiliano Martinez1,163.20213th
Dylan Wilkerson1,158.92217th
John Duthie1,152.66221st
Vitaly Lunkin1,138.86231st
Barny Boatman1,131.56234th
Justin Schwartz1,076.89263rd
Johnny Lodden1,074.40264th
Andrew Teng1,068.76271st
Micah Raskin1,058.66281st
Chance Kornuth1,053.76286th
Tom Koral1,051.38288th
John O'Shea1,043.43293rd
Lars Bonding1,037.17296th
Raj Vohra1,030.83297th
Vadim Kursevich1,028.38298th
Kenny Hicks1,022.99300th

Dropping from the GPI this week were Alain Roy, Alex Gomes, Andras Nemeth, Casey Kastle, Curt Kohlberg, Dori Yacoub, Greg Dyer, Jose "Nacho" Barbero, Justin Smith, Keven Stammen, Kevin Vandersmissen, Mark Radoja, Max Heinzelmann, Mohsin Charania, Morten Mortensen, Ramzi Jelassi, Ruben Visser, Stefan Huber, and Taylor von Kriegenbergh.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Kevin MacPhee. Having been on the verge of dropping off the GPI, MacPhee's eighth-place finish at EPT San Remo (season 8) last week couldn't have come at a better time and now gives him a Period 1 result to be calculated. Also vaulting up the GPI ranks was Mike Watson. A win in a €5,000 NLHE six-max turbo tournament at the WSOPE (a nonbracelet tournament) is the key reason for his ascension.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
102ndMike Watson1,433.85+136
110thKevin MacPhee1,411.57+163
126thNoah Schwartz1,356.51+58
137thMustapha Kanit1,311.52+132
141stGovert Metaal1,308.75+75
159thKent Lundmark1,265.65+136
186thJoseph Cheong1,213.58+75
200thJeff Papola1,182.24+100
201stTed Forrest1,180.52+97
202ndJon Spinks1,179.91+81

Rupert Elder took the biggest tumble down the GPI ladder. His win in April at EPT San Remo (Season 7) dropped from Period 1 to Period 2. In addition, it's his only live score of more than five figures (this particular one was seven figures), so his GPI score as a whole is mainly based on this result.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
165thGiuseppe Pantaleo1,254.15-62
206thAndrew Chen1,172.25-65
230thNicolas Chouity1,140.97-76
233rdStephane Benadiba1,134.08-72
236thDaniel Colman1,130.55-74
237thRupert Elder1,126.25-110
245thAdrien Allain1,114.31-103
285thSaar Wilf1,054.36-81
295thAdam Levy1,039.75-90
299thHeinz Kamutzki1,026.95-53

What's In Store?

Christian Harder, currently No. 92 on the GPI, will rise significantly up the ranks next week thanks to his runner-up performance at the 2011 WPT World Poker Finals earlier this week. The same can be expected of Andy Frankenberger, currently sitting in the No. 188 spot. He took fifth place in the same tournament and will also see his GPI score rise as a result.

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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