Global Poker Index: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier No. 2 — For Now

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier

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 result over six half-year periods. As usual Erik Seidel holds down the fort at No. 1. In the spots behind him, there was a bit of shuffling in the ranks. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of November 7, 2011

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Erik Seidel2,586.960
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,509.48+2
3Jason Mercier2,475.070
4Eugene Katchalov2,382.22-2
5Shawn Buchanan2,331.450
6Sorel Mizzi2,203.740
7Sam Stein2,178.260
8Fabrice Soulier2,018.48+1
9Matt Waxman2,003.46+1
10Scott Seiver2,003.33+1

Back in the top 10 this week is Scott Seiver. Although Seiver's GPI score itself didn't improve, Juha Helppi slipped from the top 10 to make room for Seiver. In May, Helppi took third place in the €25,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller at the European Poker Tour Grand Final. That result slipped from Period 1 to Period 2, thus resulting in Helppi's fall from the top 10.

Who took first place in that same tournament? Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. How did he somehow manage to rise to No. 2? While that first-place score fell from his Period 1 to his Period 2 results, as well, "ElkY" had another big score to help soften the blow in his Period 1 calculations and improve his Period 2 calculations tremendously.

At the same time, Eugene Katchalov dropped two spots as his 27th-place result in the EPT Grand Final Main Event slipped into Period 2 and was not replaced with as good a result as "ElkY's" was. In the end, they flipped their respective No. 2 and No. 4 rankings this week.

Welcome to the GPI

Debuting with the best ranking on the GPI this week is Kimmo Matias Kurko. Thanks to a successful tournament series at the 2011 CAPT European Poker Championship/Poker EM in Baden, Austria, Kurko sits at No. 197. Also new to the GPI is recent EPT San Remo Champion Andrey Pateychuk, making the list at No. 254.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Kimmo Matias Kurko1,195.21197th
Florian Langmann1,142.78230th
Andrey Pateychuk1,099.89254th
Josh Bergman1,035.56293rd
Jonathan Karamalikis1,020.15297th
Kyle Loman1,019.63298th
Mark Radoja1,017.50299th
Justin Smith1,016.16300th

Those who slipped from the GPI this week include Adam Levy, Andrew Teng, David Diaz, Georges Yazbeck, 2011 EPT Grand Final Main Event Champion Ivan Freitez-Rosales, Juan Maceiras Lapido, Raj Vohra, and Sam El Sayed.

Ups and Downs

As we hinted last week, Andy Frankenberger was going to leap up the GPI ranks following his fifth-place showing at the WPT World Poker Finals. He did just that, and now finds himself in the top 100 after rising 111 spots. Second-place finisher Christian Harder didn't have the monster leap we expected, though he still managed to rise 24 places.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
34thDavid Sands1,808.57+48
77thAndy Frankenberger1,521.68+111
103rdSimon Ravnsbaek1,428.14+129
109thLee Markholt1,413.12+78
125thPeter Jetten1,336.20+52
133rdDaniel Colman1,315.51+103
141stFabrizio Gonzalez1,297.33+66
157thJoao Barbosa1,272.52+66
175thJani Sointula1,245.46+45
187thLucien Cohen1,211.58+42

Sam Chartier saw his GPI stock fall the steepest. A min cash in the EPT Grand Final Main Event and third-place finish in a €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament at May's EPT San Remo leaves Chartier with a very light Period 1 to be scored by the GPI.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
134thJeff Lisandro1,312.11-54
183rdIlan Boujenah1,217.15-68
192ndDaniel Neilson1,199.99-57
195thTamas Lendvai1,197.57-94
203rdAntony Lellouche1,187.74-51
221stSurrinder Sunar1,155.81-96
232ndSam Chartier1,135.74-123
242ndPraz Bansi1,117.55-59
247thKyle Bowker1,108.59-66
266thJan Bendik1,072.46-92

What's In Store?

Who might be making a debut on the GPI next week? Perhaps 2011 WSOP Main Event Champion Pius Heinz will make the list. In addition to his win on Tuesday, Heinz final tabled a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the WSOP during the summer and finished in seventh place. Adrien Allain, meanwhile, will shoot up the ranks after his win earlier in the week at WPT Amneville.

"ElkY" rose to No. 2 this week but may slip back to No. 3 or 4 next week. His win in a €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Tubro tournament at the EPT Grand Final (the score that replaced his earlier mentioned result) is due to slip to Period 2 and we expect his score to suffer slightly.

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