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Global Poker Index: Jason Mercier Gets Back to No. 2, Could Make a Run for No. 1

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  • Jason Mercier gets back to the No. 2 spot and could make a run for No. 1 next week.

  • Blake Bohn and Matt Jarvis are rising, while Joao Vieira and Vannessa Selbst are falling.

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player’s results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list, visit the official GPI website.

Top 10 as of July 15, 2015

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Anthony Zinno3,886.78 
2Jason Mercier3,868.99+6
3Dan Smith3,818.38-1
4Scott Seiver3,743.05+8
5Davidi Kitai3,615.34-
6Stephen Chidwick3,608.95-
7Dario Sammartino3,587.71-
8Bryn Kenney3,575.82-5
9Paul Volpe3,522.01+2
10Byron Kaverman3,437.55-

Jason Mercier leaped back to the No. 2 spot after an aging score worked in his favor. Mercier's 41st-place finish in the 2015 PCA Main Event aged into Period 2, but wasn't among the scores counting in his slate of Period 1 scores as five better results already were comprising that score. His slate of Period 2 results were only made up of three results, leading to this boost in his score when the aging result added a fourth.

Biggest Gains Within the Top 100

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
+90Blake Bohn2,396.2497
+40Justin Bonomo2,885.0646
+40Max Greenwood2,386.7598
+39Toby Lewis2,693.4465
+36Taylor Paur2,693.4462
+34Daniel Negreanu3,279.3317
+34Matt Waxman2,382.08100

Blake Bohn was the biggest mover into the top 100 following his 23rd place finish in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Biggest Drops Within the Top 100

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
-25Joao Vieira2,468.5890
-23Mike McDonald2,510.9087
-22Dan Colman2,551.5480
-22Andrew Chen2,640.1370
-22Ami Barer2,788.2454

Joao Vieira fell the furthest in the top 100 this week, as a 10th-place finish of his in a $5,300 Turbo Eight-Max at the 2015 PCA aged into Period 2. While that score didn't crack his top five results in Period 2, it had been counting in his Period 1 results and was replaced by a lesser score.

Biggest Gains Overall

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
+202Matt Jarvis1,845.16216
+142Steve Gross1,727.44274
+130Jonas Mackoff2,024.83166
+129Kory Kilpatrick1,652.91298
+106Galen Hall1,695.91285
+104Louis Salter1,814.62229
+93Jake Cody1,901.40200
+90Blake Bohn2,396.2497

Matt Jarvis saw the biggest rise up the ranks this week, following another deep run in the WSOP Main Event for the 2010 November Niner. Jarvis finished in 51st place, good for $137,300.

Biggest Drops Overall

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
-115Vanessa Selbst1,681.32289
-96Ryan Fee1,738.13268
-66Dani Stern1,855.88211
-65Joey Weissman1,696.53284
-57Chris Hunichen1,848.90214
-56Philipp Gruissem1,752.40260
-56Fabrice Soulier1,702.42282
-55Daniel Weinman1,676.32291
-52Tim West1,672.99292
-47Matt Salsberg1,799.32233

The biggest drop this week belonged to Vanessa Selbst. Her third-place finish in the $25,000 High Roller at the 2014 PCA fell from Period 3 to Period 4.

What to Expect Next Week

With the WSOP in the rearview mirror, nothing major wil shake the rankings for the next week. Aging scores will continue to play a factor, though, and another aging PCA score from Jason Mercier could lead to his bumping Anthony Zinno from the top spot come next week.

To view both the 2015 Player of the Year and GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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