Global Poker Index: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Gaining Ground on Jason Mercier

Bertrand 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 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 August 27, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,823.31--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,820.14--
3Dan Smith2,644.59--
4Marvin Rettenmaier2,635.92--
5Steve O'Dwyer2,595.68--
6Vanessa Selbst2,573.37--
7Erik Seidel2,523.32+1
8Mike McDonald2,505.44-1
9Andrew Lichtenberger2,423.38+1
10Sorel Mizzi2,373.93+2

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier gained about 47 points since last week's rankings and finds himself only three points behind Jason Mercier. "ElkY" finished seventh place for €43,510 in the €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller event at EPT Barcelona. Meanwhile, his fourth-place result ($72,550) from the $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller at the 2012 LA Poker Classic aged into Period 2 and also increased his Period 2 total.

Welcome to the GPI

Sixteen players were new to this week's GPI, led by Joni Jouhkimainen, who finished third at the EPT Barcelona Main Event for €404,050.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Joni Jouhkimainen1,535.57129
Anatoly Gurtovy1,335.43180
Jan Heitmann1,269.10198
Zoltan Szabo1,232.98216
Konstantin Streletskiy1,219.14221
Marc-Andre Ladouceur1,184.92235
Konstantin Tolokno1,159.18246
Rodrigo Dos-Santos Caprioli1,142.79254
Jonathan Karamalikis1,141.24255
Marko Neumann1,134.61257
Juan Manuel Pastor1,126.51263
Stephane Benadiba1,116.73268
Matthias De Meulder1,113.18273
Lucille Cailly1,111.84276
Pedro Javier Piazuelo Ferrero1,090.56292
Bryce Yockey1,083.48298

Falling from the GPI this week were Benny Spindler, Brent Hanks, Carlos Mortensen, Chance Kornuth, Justin Schwartz, Kunal Patel, Massimiliano Martinez, Matt Berkey, Michael Tureniec, Mike Sexton, Nick Binger, Paul Lieu, Rob Akery, Ryan Eriquezzo, Sean Jazayeri, and Viktor Blom.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Jean-Noel Thorel after his sixth-place finish in the €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller event at EPT Barcelona for €54,390. That gave his Period 1 total a significant boost as he only had one other cash since late February. Alex Bilokur and Tobias Reinkemeier finished second and third in that event, respectively, and also climbed up the GPI ranks.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
52Alex Bilokur1,907.89+45
63Tobias Reinkemeier1,843.81+50
91John Juanda1,698.78+46
96Alain Roy1,660.47+80
127Jean-Philippe Rohr1,537.08+47
131Jake Cody1,523.55+40
134Kristijonas Andrulis1,519.69+57
164Jean-Noel Thorel1,371.82+108
172David Vamplew1,353.04+38
178Yury Gulyy1,337.62+66

Dropping the most this week was Matt Stout. His seventh-place result in a $5,100 side event at the 2012 LA Poker Classic (worth $21,390) aged into Period 2, leaving Stout with only one Period 1 result.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
123Victor Ramdin1,549.77-30
175Dan Kelly1,347.27-35
197Jason Dewitt1,274.42-43
211Kenny Hicks1,241.76-34
226Dan O'Brien1,204.37-41
236Allen Cunningham1,184.05-54
258Jason Somerville1,134.32-42
262Matt Stout1,126.84-59
290Mikhail Petrov1,092.16-32
293Johnny Lodden1,088.58-32

What's In Store?

The World Poker Tour Legends of Poker wrapped up Wednesday, and next week you can expect Greg Mueller (fifth place) and Ali Eslami (fourth place) to enter the GPI. Meanwhile, Jeff Madsen (No. 291) finished sixth and should get breathing room for the No. 300 cutoff.

To look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website. While you're at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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