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Global Poker Index: Philipp Gruissem Joins the Top 10

Philipp Gruissem

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 September 17, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,811.06--
2Jason Mercier2,774.38--
3Dan Smith2,699.92--
4Marvin Rettenmaier2,640.74--
5Steve O'Dwyer2,621.76--
6Andrew Lichtenberger2,597.57+1
7Philipp Gruissem2,578.22+12
8Vanessa Selbst2,508.90-2
9David "Doc" Sands2,381.18--
10Shawn Buchanan2,375.26--

Joining the top 10 this week is Philipp "philbort" Gruissem. With a third-place finish in the World Poker Tour Season XI Grand Prix de Paris for €170,065, Gruissem rounded out an impressive Period 1 with this fourth score (he has two other six-figure scores in Period 1).

Welcome to the GPI

Of the 10 new players to join this week's GPI, Ramin Hajiyev debuts the highest at No. 174. A native of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Hajiyev finished in 11th place at the 2012 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event. The winner of that tournament, Ole Schemion, also made his debut on the GPI — in the No. 185 spot.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Ramin Hajiyev1,357.05174th
Ole Schemion1,321.52185th
Vinny Pahuja1,196.99230th
Tomeu Gomila1,166.68242nd
Fabian Quoss1,162.64243rd
Jesse Alexis Cohen1,144.78251st
Sean Jazayeri1,134.99260th
Matt Salsberg1,124.26268th
Nicolas Cardyn1,086.62293rd
Justin Conley1,081.03297th

Falling from the GPI this week were Barny Boatman, Eric Baldwin, Erich Kollmann, Ludovic Lacay, Maxi Lehmanski, Morten Mortensen, Pedro Javier Piazuelo Ferrero, Rob Akery, Sebastian Winkler, and Mike Sexton.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Dan O'Brien after his fourth-place score in the 2012 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event for €341,991.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
32ndTobias Reinkemeier2,034.87+38
76thKristijonas Andrulis1,745.65+51
100thTristan Wade1,608.88+38
119thDan O'Brien1,553.33+112
122ndDavid Vamplew1,549.81+57
127thDavid Benyamine1,525.69+44
150thTimothy Adams1,438.92+71
173rdSimon Ravnsbaek1,357.42+98
200thJohn Andress1,278.47+42
238thJames Akenhead1,174.13+39
239thArnaud Mattern1,171.13+49

On the other hand, Frederik Jensen slipped the furthest. His win in the EPT Madrid Main Event back in March aged into Period 2.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
62ndOleksii Kovalchuk1,850.34-30
78thSam Trickett1,718.99-32
148thKeven Stammen1,441.79-40
157thSalman Behbehani1,412.68-65
160thVadzim Kursevich1,405.05-26
188thJohn Racener1,315.21-41
202ndFrederik Jensen1,275.92-78
258thBen Vinson1,138.41-52
284thMarko Neumann1,102.38-30
288thTy Reiman1,098.00-66

What's In Store?

It's a busy time for the World Poker Tour with two events going on simultaneously. The Borgata Poker Open is down to 27 players, and among those still in are Steve Brecher (No. 184), Vinny Pahuja (No. 230), Kyle Bowker (No. 164), and Todd Terry (No. 73). Also still in progress is WPT Malta, down to its final table. Ilan Boujenah (No. 48), finished in 11th place and Alessio Isaia (No. 196) is fourth in chips with six players remaining.

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