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Global Poker Index: Erik Seidel Slides Out of the Top 10

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

The Top 10 as of August 13, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,823.31--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,774.36--
3Dan Smith2,656.62--
4Marvin Rettenmaier2,635.92+3
5Steve O'Dwyer2,607.66-1
6Vanessa Selbst2,594.33--
7Eugene Katchalov2,443.91+1
8Andrew Lichtenberger2,416.49+1
9Mike McDonald2,409.86+1
10Sorel Mizzi2,390.63+1

Marvin Rettenmaier is back in the No. 4 spot following his win in the 2012 WPT Merit Cyprus Classic. Falling from the top 10 was Erik Seidel. His runner-up showing in the inaugural Epic Poker League Main Event aged into Period 3. It feels like just yesterday that Seidel was cashing for six and seven figures left and right. However, his last score for more than five figures was in September 2011, and in a few weeks will also age into Period 3.

Welcome to the GPI

Seven players are new to this week's GPI, led by Ismael Bojang at No. 243. His eighth-place finish in the €2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event at the German Championship of Poker — Grand Final aged into Period 2, boosting his Period 2 results significantly while his Period 1 slate remains full with four scores.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Ismael Bojang1,168.62243rd
Dominik Nitsche1,138.27257th
James Akenhead1,135.98260th
Taylor von Kriegenbergh1,099.01278th
Marc Inizan1,072.62297th
David Pham1,068.28299th
Ryan Julius1,066.46300th

Falling from the GPI this week were Adrien Allain, Andrey Gulyy, Brandon Meyers, Jake Bazeley, Jesse Alexis Cohen, Justin Zaki, and Ted Lawson.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to John Dolan. Earlier this month, Dolan finished in eighth place in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event at the 2012 Gold Strike World Poker Open Main Event, good for $15,000.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
35thKevin MacPhee1,992.35+23
50thAndrea Dato1,913.58+14
63rdErik Cajelais1,831.77+23
72ndOgnjen Sekularac1,779.26+24
112thVojtech Ruzicka1,571.08+13
147thJohn Dolan1,439.71+45
183rdRocco Palumbo1,310.36+40
231stMassimo Mosele1,190.02+28
239thMartin Staszko1,174.78+16
253rdMichael Tureniec1,147.41+14
265thRaj Vohra1,121.05+29

Hafiz Khan suffered the biggest slide this week. His 16th-place finish in the inaugural Epic Poker League Main Event aged into Period 3, leaving Khan with only one result in Period 2.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
59thJustin Bonomo1,853.25-23
76thIsaac Baron1,744.16-16
83rdSam Trickett1,721.96-36
98thGavin Smith1,647.38-23
136thJames Dempsey1,461.92-24
212thHoyt Corkins1,243.52-31
245thYury Gulyy1,164.59-17
254thSimon Ravnsbaek1,146.70-29
256thHafiz Khan1,143.11-72
272ndJean-Noel Thorel1,106.48-71
284thArnaud Mattern1,088.28-35

What's In Store?

The World Poker Tour Parx Open Poker Classic wrapped up last night, and Anthony Gregg took it down. Come next week, he'll see a nice rise from his current No. 209 standing on the GPI.

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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