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Global Poker Index: Vanessa Selbst Cracks Top Five

Vanessa Selbst

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 still leads, but there was other activity in the top 10 this week. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of February 27, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,993.04--
2Erik Seidel2,863.83+1
3Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,857.76-1
4Shawn Buchanan2,711.02+1
5Vanessa Selbst2,515.36+3
6Eugene Katchalov2,463.12-2
7Matt Waxman2,400.18--
8Will "The Thrill Failla2,362.00-2
9Mike "Timex" McDonald2,315.73--
10Jonathan Duhamel2,279.95+6

Vanessa Selbst jumped into the top five after a win at the L.A. Poker Classic last week, besting a field of 98 in the $5,100 No-Limit Hold'em event. Jonathan Duhamel finished runner-up and moved up six places in the GPI to enter the top 10.

Consider this: In early January, before the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure started, Duhamel was holding down the No. 82 spot on the GPI. Since then, he has four six-figure cashes and has risen 72 places.

Welcome to the GPI

Dan Shak has a knack for finishing runner-up in high-roller events this year. He took second to Viktor Blom in the PCA Super High Roller and last week took second in the $25,000 High Roller at the LAPC. As a result, he's back on the GPI.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Dan Shak1,323.64167th
Stephen Chidwick1,277.10185th
Mickey Petersen1,202.36215th
Andrew Teng1,182.52219th
Randal Flowers1,090.27274th
Dan Fleyshman1,085.87279th
Dan Murariu1,082.07282nd
Owen Crowe1,080.22284th
Yuliyan Nikolaev Kolev1,070.48295th
Mick Graydon1,068.40296th
Mike Leah1,063.77297th

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Josh Brikis. Selbst and Duhamel claimed the top two spots in the $5,100 No-Limit Hold'em event at the LAPC, and Brikis took third place. After having fallen off the GPI in late December, Brikis is back on the list following this latest showing and a third-place result at the Borgata Winter Open in January.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
35thPierre Neuville1,960.25+26
51stFaraz Jaka1,767.61+38
84thAndras Kovacs1,586.52+26
104thRupert Elder1,506.92+54
116thErich Kollman1,461.63+26
127thNick Yunis1,440.61+35
159thAndy Frankenberger1,346.98+31
161stJosh Brikis1,340.20+108
175thMohsin Charania1,296.59+53
222ndEddy Sabat1,172.10+68

On the other end of the spectrum, Dan Heimiller took the biggest tumble this week. A combination of two aging scores dropped Heimiller's GPI standing. First, his 20th-place result at the 2011 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event dropped into Period 2, leaving him with only one period 1 cash. In addition, Heimiller's 20th-place finish at the 2011 LAPC Main Event slipped into Period 3.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
126thDmitry Gromov1,441.69-61
149thAmir Lehavot1,369.65-64
171stDavid "Bakes" Baker1,316.51-62
172ndMichael Tureniec1,314.29-58
184thMarton Czuczor1,281.84-61
224thMassimiliano Martinez1,171.30-63
248thZach Clark1,133.59-57
291stEvgeny Zaytsev1,074.06-77
298thDan Heimiller1,059.73-86
300thRandy Dorfman1,058.35-75

What's In Store?

The Main Event of the LAPC wrapped up on Wednesday and several players will see nice boosts up the GPI come next week. David "Doc" Sands (28th) and Noah Schwartz (27th) finished second and fourth, respectively. Both will no doubt be in the top 20 next week. Sorel Mizzi finished in 10th place and should also make a return trip to the top 10.

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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