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Global Poker Index: Seidel Out Of Top 20 For The First Time

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

The Top 10 as of April 16, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,934.67--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,718.46--
3David "Doc" Sands2,544.84+2
4Eugene Katchalov2,490.44--
5Shawn Buchanan2,416.19-2
6Steve O'Dwyer2,385.82+1
7Sorel Mizzi2,359.48+1
8Mike McDonald2,305.99+2
9Jonathan Duhamel2,288.28+2
10Andrew Lichtenberger2,278.62+2

Absent from the top 10 (and even the top 20) is Erik Seidel. His 21st-place showing in the 2011 WSOPE Main Event dropped into Period 2 while his 12th-place result in the €10,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em event fell out of Period 1 as well. The latter, though, is not picked up by Period 2 as Seidel already has four better GPI results counting. Furthermore, he has no Period 1 results to be counted now.

Seidel fell to No. 23 on the GPI, marking the first time since the GPI's creation that he has not been in the top 20.

Welcome to the GPI

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Adam Levy1,186.52203rd
Kenny Hicks1,059.40279th
Ivo Donev1,038.38294th
Tom Middleton1,036.33295th
Lucien Cohen1,033.44296th
Andreas Wiese1,033.25297th
Sebastian Winkler1,031.12298th
Dobromir Nikov1,031.09299th
Owen Crowe1,030.44300th

The nine players who fell from the GPI this week were Antony Lellouche, Brent Hanks, Dylan Wilkerson, Jesse Alexis Cohen, Joao Barbosa, Jon Spinks, Liv Boeree, Mark Flowers, and Tyler Cornell.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Kevin Vandersmissen for his win in the Irish Open Main Event. Jason Wheeler (15th), Byron Kaverman (16th), Phil Hellmuth (33rd), James Dempsey (34th), and Mike Watson (37th) also all cashed in that tournament, which helped to improve their GPI standings.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
51stPhil Hellmuth1,717.00+41
53rdJames Dempsey1,714.79+27
64thByron Kaverman1,640.75+66
70thMike Watson1,613.41+29
78thKevin Vandersmissen1,569.83+143
86thKeven Stammen1,536.85+38
87thLeonid Bilokur1,536.55+44
88thGuillaine Darcourt1,525.82+48
189thVyacheslav Igin1,220.03+33
223rdJason Wheeler1,146.69+61

Sean Getzwiller saw his GPI stock fall the furthest this week. His Period 1 is two scores lighter after his two cashes at the 2011 WSOPE aged.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
115thJustin Young1,445.64-45
136thVictor Ramdin1,358.58-77
178thSalman Behbehani1,254.09-77
213thTristan Wade1,162.59-65
222ndTaylor Paur1,147.72-45
247thSean Getzwiller1.104.04-129
278thDominik Nitsche1,060.38-126
284thHans Winzeler1,050.83-90
287thTom McCormick1,043.45-68
292ndMax Silver1,039.00-86

What's In Store?

The tournament scene is back in business as both the EPT and WPT returned this week. While the WPT event in Hollywood, Florida, won't wrap up until next Monday (and won't count toward the GPI for another two weeks), EPT Berlin will. Anton Wigg (116th on the GPI) and Kevin MacPhee were still in the field as of press time.

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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