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.
Top 10 as of December 24, 2012
|Rank||Player||Total Score||Rank Change|
|4||Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier||2,730.60||-1|
|9||Mike Watson||2,410. 21||--|
Though there wasn't much going on inside the top 10, Joseph Cheong jumped 12 spots to just outside the top 10 at No. 11. His ninth-place showing in Event No. 34 ($5,000 PLO Six-Max) at the 2012 World Series of Poker aged into Period 2, where it previously was not among his top four results in Period 1.
Welcome to the GPI
Eleven players are new to this week's GPI, led by Jose Manuel Nadal at No. 218. Nadal finished in 16h place in the Main Event at European Poker Tour Prague for €29,000.
|Player||Total GPI Score||GPI Rank|
|Jose Manuel Nadal||1,178.76||218th|
Falling from the GPI this week were Allan Le, Brett Richey, Jason DeWitt, Jeff Lisandro, Jesse Alexis Cohen, John Hennigan, Josh Brikis, Mikhail Lakhitov, Ryan Julius, Wilfried Harig and Zachary Korik.
Ups and Downs
The biggest rise of the week belonged to Tomeu Gomila following his third-place finish in a €1,500 No-Limit Hold'em — Prague Super Event at World Poker Tour Prague that is now reflected in the GPI.
|Rank||Player||Total Score||Change in Rank From Last Week|
Tied for the biggest falls were Jason Koon and Terrence Chan. Koon's 14th-place finish in Event No. 41 at the 2012 WSOP aged into Period 2, while Chan's seventh-place result in Event No. 40 also aged into Period 2.
|Rank||Player||Total Score||Rank Change from Last Week|
What's in Store?
Changes are coming to the GPI. Every year, an annual review is done to keep the GPI as in tune as possible with the poker world. There are two key changes that will have a significant effect.
First, the minimum tournament buy-in will be lowered from $1,500 to $1,000. Second, the number of scores spread out over the course of the six six-month periods will rise from 21 to 26. With these changes, the GPI can better provide an overall better scope of a player's consistency over the three years.
The changes will take effect in next week's rankings, so expect to see a few shakeups. For a more in-depth look at the changes, check out the Global Poker Index about page.