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Global Poker Index: Marvin Rettenmaier Making a Run at No. 1

Marvin Rettenmaier

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 6, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,847.86--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,759.54--
3Dan Smith2,656.62--
4Steve O'Dwyer2,607.66+1
5Erik Seidel2,596.53+1
6Vanessa Selbst2,594.33+1
7Marvin Rettenmaier2,585.70-3
8Eugene Katchalov2,506.21--
9Andrew Lichtenberger2,416.49+1
10Mike McDonald2,409.86+1

The only real change toward the top of the GPI this week was Marvin Rettenmaier's falling slightly. His sixth-place finish in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event at the 2011 Merit Cyprus Classic aged into Period 3. Coincidentally (within the past few hours), Rettenmaier won the 2012 WPT Merit Cyprus Classic.

Welcome to the GPI

Six players, led by Nam Le at No. 246, were new to this week's GPI. Le recently took down a HKD$95,000 ($12,258) No-Limit Hold'em High-Roller Event at the APT — Asian Series Macau for HKD$841,000 ($108,409).

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Nam Le1,168.91246th
Fred Goldberg1,113.40272nd
Andrey Gulyy1,073.85297th
Viktor Blom1,073.74298th
Mike Sexton1,073.60299th
Eric Baldwin1,070.64300th

Falling from the GPI this week were Marc Inizan, Marko Neumann, Matthias De Meulder, Ondrej Vinklarek, Yorane Kerignard, and Ruben Visser.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Hans Winzeler. He took third place in the $5,300 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event in the Florida State Poker Championship.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
40thToby Lewis1,944.09+25
41stIlan Boujenah1,942.96+22
77thDavidi Kitai1,744.05+18
108thGuillaume Darcourt1,583.90+26
111thSergio Castelluccio1,576.42+18
113thMicah Raskin1,570.45+45
141stMihai Manole1,455.14+22
147thHans Winzeler1,438.19+105
183rdSean Getzwiller1,310.28+19
228thYury Gulyy1,209.07+53
237thCraig McCorkell1,189.95+34

Paul Berende took the biggest hit of the week. Two Period 1 scores aged into Period 2, both coming at EPT Deauville earlier this year.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
56thJuha Helppi1,879.38-27
87thVadzim Kursevich1,709.76-33
125thVojtech Ruzicka1,525.99-24
154thKevin Vandersmissen1,424.05-23
167thRonny Kaiser1,354.65-37
208thBen Vinson1,251.23-21
211thArten Litvinov1,247.99-29
213thJoe Ebanks1,245.97-35
222ndDavid Vamplew1,225.21-42
240thLudovic Lacay1,180.88-21
243rdPaul Berende1,172.40-62

What's In Store?

Marvin Rettenmaier will rise toward the top of the GPI next week after his win in the 2012 WPT Merit Cyprus Classic. However, because his Period 1 slate is already very stacked, he won't gain enough points to pass either Jason Mercier or Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. What is working in Rettenmaier's favor, though, is that Mercier is set to drop a few points as his third-place finish in the inaugural Epic Poker League event will age into Period 3 next week. The race will tighten up, and it is safe to say (for now) that it is no longer a two-horse race at the top.

Others players who cashed in Cyprus include Erik Cajelais in seventh place (No. 86 on the GPI), Chino Rheem in 22nd place (No. 195), and Aubin Cazals in 31st place (No. 191). Each should see a minor rise up the GPI come next week.

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