Global Poker Index: Mizrachi Back in the Top 10; Mercier Set To Reclaim GPI Throne

Michael Mizrachi

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 October 1, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,811.06--
2Jason Mercier2,763.01--
3Dan Smith2,699.92--
4Marvin Rettenmaier2,612.98--
5Andrew Lichtenberger2,597.57+1
6Philipp Gruissem2,578.22+1
7Vanessa Selbst2,469.98+1
8Steve O'Dwyer2,451.39-3
9Michael Mizrachi2,443,11+4
10David "Doc" Sands2,381.18-1

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi is back in the top 10 this week. The last time he cracked the top 10 was in July. Mizrachi's return comes on the heels of his performance in Event #3, the €5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event, at the World Series of Poker Europe, where he collected €62,749 for his efforts.

Welcome to the GPI

Eight players are new to this this week's list, led by Adrien Allain at No. 208. Allain came in fifth place in Event #4: €3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout at the WSOPE, winning €26,724, and giving him a result in what had been an empty Period 1.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Adrien Allain1,246.38208th
Ana Marquez1,149.52248th
Jess Yawitz1,116.90271st
Jon Aguiar1,108.98278th
Joe Kuether1,090.98292nd
Simeon Naydenov1,085.93295th
Justin Conley1,081.03297th
Alessandro Longobardi1,080.36299th

Andrea Benelli, Arnaud Mattern, Chris Bjorin, Juan Manuel Pastor, Kevin Iacofano, Salvatore Bonavena, Nicolas Cardyn, and Ondrej Vinklarek all fell from the GPI this week.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Faraz Jaka thanks to two cashes at the World Series of Poker Europe. The smaller of the two came in Event #4: €3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, where he finished 17th for €5,428. The bigger cash came in Event #5: €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixex Max. Jaka finished in fourth place for €86,806.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
16thRoger Hairabedian2,273.05+36
67thFaraz Jaka1,751.49+124
81stDan O'Brien1,689.31+42
92ndJohn Monnette1,639.38+36
125thMihails Morozovs1,523.42+32
126thJohn Eames1,514.11+32
129thBrandon Cantu1,506.36+94
158thSimon Ravnsbaek1,414.52+64
205thMatt Stout1,252.75+68
222ndDominik Nitsche1,213.97+35

David Vamplew fell the furthest this week. His 10th-place finish in the EPT Campione Main Event (for €41,000) in March aged into Period 2.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
176thDavid Vamplew1,354.21-57
199thJean-Philippe Rohr1,272.49-52
228thRocco Palumbo1,205.44-34
231stJake Bazeley1,193.46-35
246thNick Yunis1,161.64-48
266thAnatoly Gurtovy1,132.48-54
273rdDermot Blain1,114.42-36
284thDana Kellstrom1,099.63-33
289thMarco Leonzio1,096.02-49
290thBarnard Lee1,094.49-44

What's In Store?

With the World Series of Poker Europe concluding on Thursday, next week's GPI rankings will account for the results from the Main Event and the €50,000 Majestic High Roller. Most notably, Jason Mercier is set to regain the top spot on the GPI. Regardless of his finish in the WSOPE Main Event, Mercier will reclaim No. 1 GPI status.

Leading going into the Main Event final table is none other than Phil Hellmuth, currently No. 33 on the GPI. He'll see a nice boost into the top 20, but the top 10 appears a bit out of reach.

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