Global Poker Index: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Still On Top

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. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier maintains a slim lead on Jason Mercier for the No. 1 spot. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of September 24, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,811.06--
2Jason Mercier2,774.38--
3Dan Smith2,699.92--
4Marvin Rettenmaier2,649.39--
5Steve O'Dwyer2,621.76--
6Andrew Lichtenberger2,597.57--
7Philipp Gruissem2,578.22--
8Vanessa Selbst2,469.98--
9David "Doc" Sands2,381.18--
10Shawn Buchanan2,375.26--

There were no changes in the top 10 this week, but the action at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe will result in some movement by next week.

Welcome to the GPI

Ten players are new to this week's GPI, led by Yorane Kerignard at No. 190 following his win in the WPT Malta Main Event for €120,000.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Yorane Kerignard1,316.69190th
Alex Queen1,193.69233rd
Chance Kornuth1,192.81235th
Justin Zaki1,188.67238th
Chris Bjorin1,183.37243rd
David Diaz1,179.48244th
Thiago Nishijima1,155.71254th
Dan Murariu1,144.48259th
Tyler Patterson1,137.87269th
Marc Inizan1,110.62283rd

Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Chad Brown, Fred Goldberg, Justin Conley, Kevin Calenzo, Kunal Patel, Raj Vohra, Simeon Naydenov, Tim West, and Viktor Blom fell from the GPI this week.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Allen Cunningham. With a 41st-place finish in the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship Event, Cunningham now has a full Period 1 slate of scores.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
101stVyacheslav Igin1,601.42+41
127thKyle Bowker1,524.74+37
137thMickey Petersen1,497.29+58
140thAlessio Isaia1,488.02+56
148thSteve Brecher1,454.75+36
171stVinny Pahuja1,369.93+59
183rdChris Tryba1,334.45+39
192ndAllen Cunningham1,314.55+74
223rdBrandon Cantu1,224.66+51
225thBen Vinson1,220.34+30

John Racener took the biggest hit this week. His period 2 is completely empty after his 35th-place finish in the 2011 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship Event aged into Period 3.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
144thDarryll Fish1,478.08-39
169thYevgeniy Timoshenko1,379.42-29
222ndSimon Ravnsbaek1,229.61-49
239thJohn Racener1,186.98-51
242ndMatt Giannetti1,184.27-50
258thJeff Madsen1,144.72-29
278thMarc-Andre Laouceur1,118.24-33
281stArnaud Mattern1,116.16-42
298thKonstantin Streletskiy1,086.55-48

What's In Store?

With the 2012 WSOPE in full swing, some GPIers have already posted results that will take shape in next week's rankings. Roger Hairabedian (No. 52) and Antonio Esfandiari (No. 106) have each claimed bracelets and will see a nice rise in their GPI standing. Michael Mizrachi (No. 13), Oleksii Kovalchuk (No 58), and John Monnette (No. 128) are among those who have final tables, and many more notables will also earn crucial GPI points, too, in the next week as the series continues.

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