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Global Poker Index: Steve O'Dwyer On The Rise

Steve O'Dwyer

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 April 9, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,990.94--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,794.27--
3Shawn Buchanan2,751.42--
4Eugene Katchalov2,577.62--
5David "Doc" Sands2,533.47--
6Erik Seidel2,476.58--
7Steve O'Dwyer2,424.36+3
8Sorel Mizzi2,360.06--
9Noah Schwartz2,322.72+3
10Mike McDonald2,305.99+3

Steve O'Dwyer continued his steady trend up the GPI. While no immediate result was responsible for this week's ascension, aging scores worked in his favor. His eighth-place finish in the 2011 NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event dipped into Period 3. Not only did that improve his Period 3 results, but his Period 2 total wasn't affected because four other results make up that score.

Welcome to the GPI

Mike Leah returned to the GPI this week after an 11th place finish in the 2012 Foxwoods Poker Classic Main Event. Here's a full look at the new faces:

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Mike Leah1,132.54242nd
Robert Cezarescu1,064.16286th
Yorane Kerignard1,044.66294th
Markus Ristola1,043.34295th
Brandon Cantu1,042.54296th
Allen Cunningham1,042.10297th
David Pham1,039.43298th
Brent Hanks1,039.34299th
Connor Drinan1,038.97300th

The nine who fell from the GPI this week were Andreas Wiese, Fabrizio Gonzalez, Giuseppe Pantaleo, Nacho Barbero, Kristijonas Andrulis, Lee Markholt, Mark Radoja, Mike Graydon, and Tyler Kenney.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Casey Kastle. His ninth place showing in the €2,500 6-Max No-Limit Hold'em at the 2011 WSOPE dropped into Period 2, thereby giving his Period 2 score a big boost by adding a second result. His still has a full slate of results in Period 1 .

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
83rdStephen Chidwick1,574.07+23
108thTristan Clemencon1,494.95+21
126thAnton Wigg1,445.56+46
133rdCasey Kastle1,406.63+51
164thBenny Spindler1,310.95+26
211thRaj Vohra1,203.47+47
214thThorsten Schafer1,192.82+32
215thMihails Morozovs1,189.86+26
225thJon Spinks1,167.33+29
266thMayu Roca1,090.42+26

Marton Czuczor took the biggest hit of the week. His sixth-place finish in the €2,500 6-Max No-Limit Hold'em at the 2011 WSOPE dropped into Period 2. Phil Hellmuth fell in the same boat — he took seventh place in that tournament and also saw his GPI stock suffer this week.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
92ndPhil Hellmuth1,543.63-39
166thDan Smith1,304.60-55
191stJoseph Cheong1,247.91-36
208thDan Kelly1,205.64-37
212thDan Shak1,201.79-48
223rdJake Bazeley1,171.00-34
229thKhiem Nguyen1,154.53--36
256thLiv Boeree1,111.56-34
262ndPeter Jetten1,098.57-37
282ndPer Linde1,070.94-64
288thMarton Czuczor1,060.63-78

What's In Store?

The live tournament scene is a bit on the light side until the action kicks back up later this month. However, the 2012 WPT Vienna is under way and a few notable GPIers survived Day 1. Faraz Jaka, Chris Moorman, David Peters, and Steve O'Dwyer are among them.

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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