Global Poker Index: The Calm Before the September Storm

Jason Mercier

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. Changes were minimal near the top of the GPI this week, meaning Jason Mercier still holds a narrow lead. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of September 3, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,823.09.--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,820.14--
3Dan Smith2,644.59--
4Marvin Rettenmaier2,635.92--
5Steve O'Dwyer2,595.21--
6Vanessa Selbst2,508.90--
7Mike McDonald2,505.44+1
8Erik Seidel2,475.76-1
9Andrew Lichtenberger2,423.38--
10Sorel Mizzi2,373.94--

Welcome to the GPI

Six players are new to this week's GPI and leading them is Nick Wong. He took down the $258,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super High Roller at the 2012 Macau High Stakes Challenge.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Nick Wong1,235.63215th
Ondrek Vinklarek1,122.04264th
Greg Ronaldson1,100.43282nd
Erich Kollman1,086.38292nd
Bryan Devonshire1,086.15293rd
Ryan Eriquezzo1,074.26300th

Falling from the GPI this week were Andrew Robl, Antony Lellouche, Johnny Lodden, Martin Staszko, Max Lehmanski, and Tim Finne.

Ups and Downs

Jeff Madsen had the biggest rise up the ranks this week. Thanks to his sixth-place finish in the WPT Legends of Poker for $75,400, Madsen is off the GPI bubble for the time being.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
22ndPhilipp Gruissem2,209.28+20
37thSam Trickett1,989.71+45
70thJohn Juanda1,800.73+21
98thJoni Jouhkimainen1,619.76+31
125thAli Eslami1,539.36+81
129thYevgeniy Timoshenko +48
164thBrian Hawkins1,379.17+29
193rdDavid Paredes1,284.47+41
208thJeff Madsen1,243.77+83
240thDominik Nitsche1,163.30+34

Taking the biggest dive this week was Joe Ebanks. His runner-up finish in a €2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at EPT Barcelona in 2011 (worth €100,750) aged into Period 3.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
111thDavidi Kitai1,584.77-35
127thFrederik Jensen1,523.66-33
139thVadzim Kursevich1,502.20- 38
151stSergio Castelluccio1,444.60- 25
180thDominykas Karmazinas1,333.30-80
209thAnatoly Gurtovy1,243.00-29
253rdArtem Litvinov1,138.23-30
263rdAndrea Benelli1,122.37-26
281stKonstantin Tolokno1,100.72-35
298thJoe Ebanks1,077.74-89

What's In Store?

Aside from the 2012 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event running currently, later in September is when the tournament scene will really pick up again when the World Series of Poker Europe, WPT Grand Prix de Paris, WPT Malta, and WPT Borgata Poker Open take place.

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