Global Poker Index: Andrew Lichtenberger Cracks Top 10

Andrew Lichtenberger

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 March 19, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,980.42--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,845.12--
3Shawn Buchanan2,751.42--
4Eugene Katchalov2,575.42+2
5David "Doc" Sands2,533.47-1
6Erik Seidel2,510.57-1
7Sorel Mizzi2,427.21--
8Steve O'Dwyer2,381.88+2
9Vanessa Selbst2,368.63-1
10Andrew Lichtenberger2,348.38+15

Eugene Katchalov is back in the top five after a brief time away. He finished in 12th-place in a €2,000 side event at EPT Madrid, good for a min-cash. Debuting in the top 10 is Andrew Lichtenberger. Katchalov, known as "luckychewy," took fourth place in the Wynn Classic Main Event for $78,328.

Welcome to the GPI

Thanks to his Main Event win at EPT Madrid, Frederik Jensen returned to the GPI in a big way and sits in the No. 165 spot.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Frederik Jensen1,337.60165th
Taylor Paur1,280.56194th
Cary Katz1,144.14238th
Zimnan Ziyard1,108.50261st
Jeff Sluzinski1,081.65278th
Johnny Lodden1,069.88289th
Manuel Bevand1,055.20295th
Stuart Fox1,054.91296th
Tyler Kenney1,054.29297th
Mihai Manole1,053.15298th
David Pham1,051.87299th
Christophe Benzimra1,050.69300th

The 12 players who fell out of the GPI this week were Anton Ionel, Daniel Colman, Fabian Quoss, Kevin Calenzo, Kevin Iacofano, Liv Boeree, Massimiliano Martinez, Matt Berkey, Owen Crowe, Sebastian Winkler, Tamas Lendvai and Yuliyan Nikolaev Kolev.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Bruno "Kool Shen" Lopes. The rapper-turned-poker-pro finished in fourth place at the EPT Madrid Main Event for €140,000.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
67thIlan Boujenah1,663.79+65
69thIsaac Baron1,649.96+108
75thAlex Kravchenko1,627.75+61
85thNicolas Levi1,603.05+102
89thDermot Blain1,596.94+46
106thBruno “Kool Shen” Lopes1,526.14+130
142ndTy Reiman1,402.65+57
178thDan Kelly1,308.99+43
184thKenny Hallaert1,295.31+71
252ndJon Spinks1,122.10+43

John Racener saw his GPI stock fall the most this week. A combination of aging scores hurt Racener. His 35th-place finish in the WPT Borgata Poker Open last September, along with his third-place score in a $1,500 side event there, dropped into Period 2 and left his Period 1 slate empty. In addition, his fifth-place finish in the £5,000 PLO event at the 2010 WSOPE aged into Period 4.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
96thByron Kaverman1,566.34-41
115thSalman Behbehani1,491.84-63
119thDarren Elias1,480.75-42
224thJeff Lisandro1,182.82-48
232ndJohn Racener1,168.30-128
243rdThorsten Schafer1,137.01-40
257thJohn Juanda1,116.49-40
268thMads Wissing1,096.50-45
280thAlex Venovski1,077.08-41
290thGiuseppe Pantaleo1,069.26-88
293rdJesse Alexis Cohen1,057.46-46

What's In Store?

Matt Waxman was in the top 10 not all that long ago, but is in the No. 19 spot this week. He will most likely see a small boost up the GPI next week after his third-place result in a $2,000 six-max tournament at the 2012 Battle at the Beach at the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach, Florida, worth $15,000. The $3,000 Main Event begins on Friday, but won't conclude in time to be reflected in next week's GPI.

The World Series of Poker Circuit has a stop at Harrah's Rincon coming up and depending who shows up, it could result in some GPI movement next week.

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