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Global Poker Index: Seidel Slides; Buchanan and Sands Rise

Erik Seidel

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. Jason Mercier is on top for the fifth straight week and in the process, passed Erik Seidel for the most overall weeks at No. 1. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of March 12, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,980.42--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,845.12--
3Shawn Buchanan2,711.02+1
4David "Doc" Sands2,533.47+2
5Erik Seidel2,510.58-2
6Eugene Katchalov2,463.12+1
7Sorel Mizzi2,427.21-2
8Vanessa Selbst2,405.96--
9Will "The Thrill" Failla2,400.87--
10Steve O'Dwyer2,328.77+1

When was the last time Erik Seidel wasn't in the top four? Well, never. Since the GPI's creation in mid July 2011, Seidel has always been in the top four, but he now sits in the No. 5 spot. His fourth-place showing in the Epic Poker League's second Main Event dropped into Period 2, leaving Seidel with only two Period 1 results. As a result, Shawn Buchanan took over the No. 3 position while David "Doc" Sands sits at No. 4.

Welcome to the GPI

There are seven new additions to this week's GPI, led by Joe Serock and Erik Cajelais. Each had excellent performances at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star with third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Joe Serock1,458.17125th
Erik Cajelais1,346.61161st
Josh Arieh1,144.28242nd
Bryce Yockey1,100.52267th
Randy Dorfman1,058.35298th
Yuliyan Nikolaev Kolev1,056.86299th
Mark Radoja1,056.56300th

Those who fell from the GPI this week: Christophe Benzimra, Evgeny Zaytzev, Joe Cassidy, Manuel Bevand, Mike Leah, Nicolas Chouity, and Stephane Benadiba.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rises of the week also stemmed from showings at WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star. Andrew Badecker (Up 132 places) finished in fifth, Taylor von Kriegenbergh (up 122 places) took 19th, and Joe Elpayaa (up 121 places) finished in sixth.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
48thScott Baumstein1,800.72+66
76thAmir Lehavot1,635.94+76
85thJean-Philippe Rohr1,604.44+69
100thAdam Geyer1,537.74+88
103rdAndrew Badecker1,518.33+132
123rdJoe Elpayaa1,460.26+121
164thTaylor von Kriegenbergh1,338.92+122
198thMax Silver1,256.17+33
219thVyacheslav Igin1,197.24+41
236thBruno "Kool Shen" Lopes1.162.72+41

Tim West took the biggest hit of the week. His 11th-place finish in the Epic Poker League's second Main Event aged into Period 2, leaving West with a blank Period 1 slate.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
136thAlex Kravchenko1,429.20-57
175thDmitry Gromov1,299.57-43
177thIsaac Baron1,297.77-72
181stHugo Lemaire1,291.34-52
190thChad Brown1,280.59-32
204thHeinz Kamutzki1,244.38-28
227thDmitry Stelmak1,179.94-46
241stGuillaume Darcourt1,146.47-30
282ndTyler Bonkowski1,085.58-37
283rdTim West1,084.94-82

What's in Store?

Sitting in the No. 9 spot this week, Will "The Thrill" Failla could very well be in the top five next week. He took down the Heartland Poker Tour’s 100th event at River City Casino in St. Louis over the weekend and once that is reflected in the GPI, Failla's score will climb.

EPT Madrid is in full swing going into Day 3, and several big names on the GPI remain. Mike "Timex" McDonald (13th in the GPI) leads, Melanie Weisner (69th), and Tristan Clemencon (106th) could all see movement in their rankings.

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