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Global Poker Index: Brock Parker Sees Biggest Rise Up The GPI

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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. With the post World Series of Poker lull still in effect, the top ten remains mostly the same but for a few minor changes. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of July 30, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,847.86--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,759.54--
3Dan Smith2,656.62--
4Marvin Rettenmaier2,598.17+2
5Steve O'Dwyer2,597.80-1
6Erik Seidel2,596.53+1
7Vanessa Selbst2,594.33-2
8Eugene Katchalov2,506.21--
9Jonathan Duhamel2,468.54+1
10Andrew Lichtenberger2,416.49-1

Welcome to the GPI

Steve Barshak leads five new players on this week's GPI. His 14th-place finish in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event at the 2012 Southern Poker Million Dollar Heater (worth $12,222) aged into Period 2, partly filling what was previously vacant. He still has a full slate of Period 1 results counting, too.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Steve Barshak1,193.34238th
Mike Gorodinsky1,105.51280th
Jeff Madsen1,095.13285th
Justin Zaki1,084.43293rd
Marko Neumann1,074.79299th

Falling from the GPI this week were Andrey Gulyy, Luca Pagano, Manuel Bevand, Mark Rose, and Basil Yaiche.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Brock Parker. Two results from his 2012 Borgata Winter Open (a first and seventh-place finish worth $76,387 and $84,223, respectively), aged into Period 2, which was previously empty. Meanwhile, his Period 1 slate is still full thanks to his seven WSOP cashes this summer.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
103rdBrock Parker1,608.39+60
124thHeinz Kamutzki1,510.32+33
140thBruno "Kool Shen" Lopes1,459.28+25
152ndJosh Brikis1,432.95+45
164thZimnan Ziyard1,370.83+29
165thJeff Lisandro1,364.21+34
197thAubin Cazals1,284.58+42
230thHarrison Gimbel1,208.37+27
232ndBrett Richey1,204.25+35
258thMassimo Mosele1,140.71+22

The steepest fall this week belonged to Jean-Noel Thorel. His fifth-place finish in a €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event (worth €38,830) at the Euro Finals of Poker 2012 aged into Period 2.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
137thTristan Wade1,464.15-24
145thDavid Benyamine1.447.72-24
202ndSean Getzwiller1,273.68-54
203rdJean-Noel Thorel1,270.74-68
204thDermot Blain1,264.59-37
234thSalvatore Bonavena1,197.39-34
239thMarco Leonzio1,189.53-66
251stDan Murariu1,159.50-50
253rdSebastian Winkler1,156.83-30
275thChad Brown1,110.46-26
288thAndrea Benelli1,092.88-27

What's In Store?

With August here, the live tournament scene is going to start to pick up. The WPT Merit Cyprus Classic is set to kick off this weekend (the results won't take effect until after next week's rankings, though).

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