Global Poker Index: Steve O'Dwyer Rides EPT London Run Back to the Top 10

Steve O'Dwyer

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.

Top 10 as of March 18, 2013

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Marvin Rettenmaier3,308.64--
2Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier3,133.43--
3Jason Mercier3,093.48--
4Mike Watson3,025.15--
5Philipp Gruissem2,986.36+2
6Joseph Cheong2,904.72-1
7Steve O'Dwyer2,863.89+7
8Bryn Kenney2,842.82-2
9David Sands2,818.96+1
10Vanessa Selbst2,788.75-2

Steve O'Dwyer returned to the top 10 this week, following his fifth-place finish in the EPT London Main Event for £146,000.

Welcome to the GPI

With EPT London and WPT Bay 101 scores hitting the standings this week, 21 players are new to this week's GPI. Athanasios Polychronopoulos returned with highest standing, coming in at No. 171 following his 10th-place result in the WPT Bay 101 Main Event for $48,890.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Athanasios Polychronopoulos1,428.49171st
Max Greenwood1,407.06180th
Gordon Vayo1,402.89182nd
Ruben Visser1,394.62184th
Barry Greenstein1,378.15189th
Eric Sfez1,320.93200th
Griffin Benger1,309.58210th
Niall Farrell1,279.37220th
Ryan Eriquezzo1,277.80221st
JC Alvarado1,250.81234th
Nicolas Chouity1,241.86236th
Brendon Rubie1,229.06243rd
Aaron Lim1,222.89247th
Mikhail Petrov1,199.21253rd
Ilkin Savalan Amirov1,190.32261st
Steve Gross1,186.04263rd
John Dibella1,172.90272nd
Talal Shakerchi1,161.82276th
Sergio Castelluccio1,148.04287th
Maria Ho1,143.55289th
Joao Barbosa1,134.24295th

Falling from the GPI this week were Adam Geyer, Bernard Guigon, Brandon Meyers, Calvin Anderson, Daniel Idema, Daniel Neilson, Dani Stern, David Diaz, Harrison Gimbel, Jake Bazeley, Laurent Polito, Ludovic Lacay, Mick Graydon, Michel Abecassis, Nicolas Cardyn, Paul Lieu, Ray Qartomy, Rodrigo Caprioli, Sean Jazayeri, and Vadzim Kursevich.

Also dropping out of the top 300 was former Sam Trickett. As recently as February 2012, Trickett was No. 5 overall.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Chris Moorman after his eighth-place score in the EPT London Main Event for £57,000.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
53rdOgnjen Sekularac2,048.23+63
60thYury Gulyy1,982.03+64
69thFaraz Jaka1,911.24+79
75thJoe Kuether1,879.40+58
91stChris Moorman1,784.12+92
172ndJohn Eames1,427.36+90
193rdCarlos Mortensen1,363.54+84
195thJason Somerville1,353.75+80
198thCasey Kastle1,328.80+56
214thDavid Steicke1,302.18+65

Slipping the furthest this week was Bruno "Kool Shen" Lopes. Two aging scores led to his fall, the first being his 21st-place finish in the WPT Paris Main Event aging into Period 2. The second was his fourth-place result in the EPT Madrid Main Event aging into Period 3.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
112thIlan Boujenah1,678.15-55
162ndOleksii Kovalchuk1,490.43-58
206thMelanie Weisner1,313.34-50
225thJose Manuel Nadal1,270.92-36
241stTristan Clemencon1,232.58-57
244thRoman Romanovskyi1,224.50-43
251stBen Vinson1,207.17-41
275thOwen Crowe1,166.25-34
278thBruno Lopes1,157.98-92
293rdAlexander Roumeliotis1,139.52-38

GPI Fantasy Poker Value Pick of the Week

With the recent launch of the GPI Fantasy Poker Manager on Facebook, we thought we'd lend a helping hand in putting together your roster.

Here's how the GPI Fantasy Poker Manager works. Much like other fantasy sports, you are given a budget with which to pick a number of poker players for your team. When these players finish in the money of real poker events, you are awarded points. Finish with the most points and you win. It's that simple.

We'll be providing at least one "value" pick each week for your fantasy poker team. Here's our top selections for WPT Venice, which begins March 25th.

Sam Trickett — 18,290: Although he fell from the top 300 this week, having the ability to pick a former top 10 GPIer at such a bargain price is too good to pass up.

Ludovic Lacay — 14,850: Also among the 21 players to drop from the top 300 this week, Lacay knows something about winning tournament in Italy. In October, he topped a field of 797 to win the EPT San Remo Main Event.

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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