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Global Poker Index: Busquet Making a Run For Top 20

Olivier Busquet

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. It was a light week on the GPI front as there were absolutely no changes in the top 10. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of March 26, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,980.42--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,845.12--
3Shawn Buchanan2,751.42--
4Eugene Katchalov2,575.42--
5David "Doc" Sands2,533.47--
6Erik Seidel2,510.57--
7Sorel Mizzi2,427.21--
8Steve O'Dwyer2,381.88--
9Vanessa Selbst2,368.63--
10Andrew Lichtenberger2,348.38--

Welcome to the GPI

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Rumen Nanev1,082.14270th
Mayu Roca1,061.91285th
Nacho Barbero1,048.18297th
Dana Kellstrom1,047.30298th
Davidi Kitai1,046.39300th

Those who fell off the GPI this week include Bolivar Palacios, Brian Powell, Dan Fleyshman, Justin Bonomo, and Yorane Kerignard.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Leo Fernandez. Now being reflected in the GPI is his win in the R$9,600 (about $5,300) High-Roller event last month at the LAPT Grand Final, for which he pocketed $71,717.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
51stPhil Hellmuth1,748.27+12
59thAlex Kravchenko1,693.96+16
69thLeo Fernandez1,650.84+74
96thDmitry Vitkind1,556.74+28
100thErich Kollmann1,545.10+18
139thSalvatore Bonavena1,39074+20
184thEric Froehlich1,289.08+26
259thRussell Carson1,101.22+13
274thGiuseppe Pantaleo1,080.84+16

Marc Inizan took the biggest hit this week. Two aging scores led to Inizan's fall, starting with a 29th-place finish at the 2011 WPT Vienna last March slipping into Period 3. In addition, his ninth-place result at the 2010 WSOPE Main Event aged into Period 4.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
130thTristan Clemencon1,434.14-47
135thSimon Ravnsbaek1,413.51-47
137thRob Akery1,397.91-35
181stLuca Pagano1,295.11-41
192ndMarc Inizan1,276.29-55
224thKoen de Visscher1,173.76-39
252ndKevin Vandersmissen1,114.69-47
261stDaniel Neilson1,100.38-31
265thAndreas Wiese1,091.40-37

What's In Store?

The live tournament slate is light, but among the 60 players left on Day 3 of the 2012 EPT Campione Main Event include Fabrice Soulier (26th in the GPI), Olivier Busquet (35th), Todd Terry (56th), David Vamplew (137th), and Ronny Kaiser (177th). Deep runs could vault Soulier and Busquet into the top 20 of the GPI come next week.

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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