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Global Poker Index: Mercier Remains On 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 results over six half-year periods. The top 10 remained the same this week and Jason Mercier's lead remains intact. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of February 20, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,993.04--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,851.05--
3Erik Seidel2,789.21--
4Eugene Katchalov2,709.37--
5Shawn Buchanan2,672.49--
6Will "The Thrill" Failla2,426.38--
7Matt Waxman2,400.18--
8Vanessa Selbst2,371.85--
9Mike "Timex" McDonald2,337.53--
10Matt Marafioti2,288.92--

Welcome to the GPI

Six new players are on the GPI this week, including 2010 PCA Main Event winner Harrison Gimbel. He finished in ninth place at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open last week.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Jason Wheeler1,141.64250th
Martin Staszko1,140.48252nd
Konstantin Streletskiy1,095.39279th
Harrison Gimbel1,079.76293rd
Tamas Lendvai1,072.44298th
Jon Spinks1,071.62300th

The six players who fell from the GPI were Amnon Filippi, Andrew Teng, Eric Haik, Grant Levy, Mads Wissing, and Mike Leah.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged Alex Venovski. Although his last cash was at the PCA in January, an aging score benefited him. He finished in 33rd-place in a $2,000 WPT Regional Event in August and that result aged into Period 2. Venovski now possesses a full slate of four Period 1 and Period 2 scores counted in the GPI.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
27thChristian Harder2,050.60+14
73rdBarry Greenstein1,641.66+27
96thAlessio Isaia1,547.34+14
97thMatt Stout1,545.99+27
151stDavid "ODB" Baker1,3756.89+24
159thAllen Bari1,366.13+14
173rdDavid Vamplew1,320.37+19
189thJake Bazeley1,268.38+22
196thCorey Burbick1,260.47+34
237thRay Qartomy1,162.45+17
243rdAlex Venovski1,150.30+48

David Benyamine slipped the most this week, dropping 57 places. Two of his cashes at the Full Tilt Cyprus Classic from 2010 fell into Period 4.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
88thDan Smith1,569.72-29
131stAnton Wigg1,442.48-25
156thDavid Benyamine1,368.21-57
171stKimmo Matias Kurko1,324.32-22
190thAndy Frankenberger1,267.30-38
213thTyler Cornell1,218.34-25
218thKristijonas Andrulis1,204.40-37
236thFabian Quoss1,162.72-24
274thYorane Kerignard1,101.06-24
299thXuan Liu1,071.89-32

What's In Store?

The LAPT Grand Final Carnival Poker Festival concluded earlier this week and will be reflected in the next week's GPI standings. Daniel Negreanu will rise up the GPI after his sixth-place result.

The EPT Copenhagen Main Event will wrap up this weekend, and as of the writing of this article it will certainly have an effect on the rankings.

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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