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Global Poker Index: David "Doc" Sands and Sorel Mizzi Join Top 10

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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. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of March 5, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,980.42--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,857.76+1
3Erik Seidel2,763.24-1
4Shawn Buchanan2,711.02--
5Sorel Mizzi2,621.98+6
6David "Doc" Sands2,533.47+22
7Eugene Katchalov2,463.12-1
8Vanessa Selbst2,405.96-3
9Will "The Thrill" Failla2,400.87-1
10Matt Waxman2,400.18-3

Sorel Mizzi, last seen in the top 10 at the beginning on January, returned near the top of the pack after his 10th-place showing at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic. David "Doc" Sands' runner-up performance vaulted him to the No. 6 spot.

Welcome to the GPI

Jason DeWitt and Dan Kelly are new to this week's GPI following their respective performances at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic. DeWitt finished in 11th place and Kelly took third.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Jason DeWitt1,357.76159th
Dan Kelly1,195.57217th
Mads Wissing1,191.61219th
Andreas Wiese1,175.58224th
Brandon Meyers1,146.68233rd
Humberto Brenes1,126.88248th
Ondrej Vinklarek1,122.38250th
Kenny Shih1,095.98271st
Tyler Cornell1,091.88275th
Fabrizio Gonzalez1,082.76285th
Martin Finger1,076.39290th
Kevin Calenzo1,060.11300th

The 12 who fell from the GPI this week were Connor Drinan, Daniel Reijmer, Dan Heimiller, David Diaz, Davidi Kitai, Dominykas Karmazinas, Frederik Jensen, James Bord, Joni Jouhkimainen, Nichlas Mattsson, Randy Dorfman, and Yuliyan Nikolaev Kolev.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Nick Binger. With a 17th-place finish in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, Binger now has something in Period 1 to go along with the rest of his GPI portfolio.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
65thSimon Ravnsbaek1,668.92+34
74thDaniel Idema1,630.51+94
91stStephen Chidwick1,553.87+94
97thJean Thorel1,526.97+42
100thDavid "ODB" Baker1,521.92+40
106thMichael Tureniec1,501.68+66
147thJoe Hachem1,380.10+76
148thNick Binger1,378.76+139
160thCorey Burbick1,350.00+34
193rdMartin Staszko1,262.76+48

On the other end of the spectrum, Antony Lellouche took the biggest hit this week. His win in the €5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event at the 2011 WPT Rendez-Vous à Paris aged into Period 2, leaving his Period 1 slate empty.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
98thTristan Clemencon1,524.56-41
124thJoe Ebanks1,455.47-49
127thVadzim Kursevich1,450.39-40
169thWilliam Thorson1,324.05-31
184thDavid Benyamine1,284.95-33
241stDavid Paredes1,136.50-33
264thAntony Lellouche1,103.45-100
268thFabian Quoss1,099.24-39
269thSami Kelopuro1,098.16-44
297thTim Finne1,066.97-64

What's In Store?

The WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star is heading into Day 3 and Jonathan Duhamel (19th on the GPI) sits sixth in chips with 20 players remaining. With four, four-figure scores to his credit in his Period 1 results, there's no guarantee his GPI will improve as a result. However, Dumahel has owned 2012 thus far so we wouldn't bet against him.

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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