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    Saturday, October 8th, 2011 by Nadia

Every week, the Global Poker Index or GPI reveals its list of top players’ world over. This list is based on calculations done by studying a player’s results 6 times every 6 months. This week, the number one spot sees the return of Jason Mercier.

The Week’s Top Ten

Jason Mercier sits at first place, beating Eric Seidel who had held the spot for three weeks. The rest of the top ten (in no particular order) are Eugene Katchalov, Fabrice Soulier, Scott Seiver, Shawn Buchanan, Juha Helppi, Tom Marchese, Sorel Mizzi and Bertrand Grospellier.

After 3 weeks in first place, Erik Seidel has slipped down to second place. Results from inconsistent playing on his part from three years ago are the reason for his fall from number one. Seidel has been playing well in 2011, but his scores from late 2008 to early 2009 are low.

Katchalov and Grospellier interchanged places this week. Grosspellier has not moved in the standings, however, Katchalov fell from third place to fourth due to the results of the 2009 London EPT High Roller Event.

New Players on GPI

In addition to these players, a few new ones have been added to this week’s GPI. Daniel Colman debuts on the list at 149th place after finishing at 10th place in the WPT Borgata Poker Open in 2011. Other new players are Jeff Madsen, Chris Tryba, Ted Forrest, Jonathan Jaffe, Zach Clark, Jérome Zerbib, Kristijonas Andrulis, Marco Leonzio and Daniel Buzgon.

Changes in Rankings

The most incredible rises in rankings were those of Rupert Elder and Daniel Idema. Their respective rises are due to the same reason – they did not have Period 2 results initially but now do. Darren Elias entered the top 40, moving up through the ranks with a more traditional big win. He finished at fifth place at the WTP Borgata Poker Open 2011, improving his Period 1 results.

The Largest Gains

The biggest gain of the week belongs to Chris Bjorin. His two London EPT scores from side events in 2010, no longer are part of his Period 2 results. They weren’t replaced and as a result of this, his Period 2 results are better.

Other players who had big hits this week are: Leo Fernandez, Rob Akery, Daniel Idema, Rupert Elder, Mustapha Kanit, Andras Nemeth, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Benjamin Pollak, Todd Terry and Darren Elias.

Biggest Fall in Ranking

Jani Sointula dropped drastically in the rankings. This was due to his 2010 London EPT score and his WSOPE 2008 score being discounted this time around. Jose Barbero’s score also fell in this time’s GPI ranking. Other players who dropped in the ranks are: Timothy Finne, Kyle Bowker, Saar Wilf, Alexandre Gomes, David Steicke, Andrew Teng and David Vamplew.

The players who fell off the GPI this week are Annette Obrestad, Andrew Robt, Joe Serock, Christophe Benzimra, Konstantin Buecherl, Kevin Eyster, Matt Perins, Kevin Stani and Thomas Bichon.

What to Look Forward to

There will be more changes in Mercier’s GPI rankings due to his scores from the London EPT 2008 being removed from consideration. Though he has other scores as part of his Period 6 to help him through, his GPI will definitely experience some changes. Seidel is also due to fall a few points from second plac




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