Global Poker Index: Seidel Still Leads, Duhamel Cracks Top Ten

Erik Seidel

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. The top of the GPI remains the same this week as Erik Seidel still holds a slight lead over Jason Mercier. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of January 23, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Erik Seidel3,053.440
2Jason Mercier2,986.070
3Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,819.530
4Eugene Katchalov2,760.520
5Shawn Buchanan2,672.490
6Sam Trickett2,436.220
7Will "The Thrill" Failla2,423.22+1
8Vanessa Selbst2,412.31+1
9Matt Waxman2,400.18-2
10Jonathan Duhamel2,377.58+1

The only new face in the top ten this week is Jonathan Duhamel. His excellent performance at the 2012 PCA set the stage for his GPI rise over the last two weeks, and it was only a matter of time before an aging score would catch up to somebody else in the top ten. That misfortune went to Mike "Timex" McDonald because his third-place showing at the 2010 EPT Deauville fell into Period 5 and dropped him to No. 11.

Welcome to the GPI

Joe Hachem led four new GPIers this week following his third-place showing in the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Joe Hachem1,250.97177th
Nicolas Cardyn1,161.08230th
Martin Finger1,047.39299th
Stefan Huber1,047.28300th

The four who fell this week were Andrea Benelli, Mike Sowers, Ray Qartomy and Taylor von Kriegenbergh.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Dan Smith. Thanks to his win in the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, Smith rose 90 spots to No. 65.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
44thJoe Tehan1,805.96+22
55thByron Kaverman1,726.08+30
65thDan Smith1,677.31+90
83rdAmir Lehavot1,588.24+17
89thBenjamin Pollak1,551,71+29
91stTristan Wade1,540.98+13
129thErich Kollmann1,408.18+18
209thStephane Benadiba1,202.67+10
248thSimon Charette1,136.56+17
259thAdam Levy1,113.51+33

Tyler Bonkowski suffered the biggest hit this week. His 14th-place finish in the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event dropped into Period 3. In addition, his 49th-place result in the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event slipped into Period 5. That combination resulted in a drop of 71 spots.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
74thTom Marchese1,637.56-30
103rdHafiz Khan1,504.15-30
125thDavid Steicke1,425.60-37
165thAdam Geyer1,276.41-41
184thMatt Stout1,241.00-31
211thRandy Lew1,196.18-59
227thLee Markholt1,166.33-37
245thTyler Bonkowski1,140.91-71
249thJoe Elpayaa1,134.88-25
267thGuillaume Darcourt1,102.23-29

What's In Store?

Down under at the Aussie Millions, the $250,000 Super High-Roller is set to begin on Saturday. While that result will certainly affect next week's rankings, last year's results in that very event will also play a role. Erik Seidel defeated Sam Trickett heads-up to win last year's event, and those results will fall into Period 3 in next week's rankings. As a result, they will both see their stock fall. Barring a big result from Seidel in the next few days, expect Jason Mercier to be back on top of the GPI.

Last September, Phil Ivey fell off of the GPI completely. He went all of 2011 without a tournament cash, albeit with a very light schedule. However, 2012 will be different because Ivey not only cashed in the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event, but he is still in the hunt with 26 players remaining. With a solid showing, Ivey could make his return to the GPI.

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