Global Poker Index: Fabrice Soulier Returns to the Top 10

Fabrice Soulier

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 April 2, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,984.80--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,845.12--
3Shawn Buchanan2,751.42--
4Eugene Katchalov2,577.62--
5David "Doc" Sands2,533.47--
6Erik Seidel2,510.57--
7Fabrice Soulier2,449.52+19
8Sorel Mizzi2,427.21-1
9Vanessa Selbst2,368.63--
10Steve O'Dwyer2,368.49-2

Fabrice Soulier returned to the top 10 for the first time since mid September following his showing in the EPT Campione Main Event. Soulier finished in third place for €240,000. Meanwhile, Olivier Busqest rose 20 places and now sits in 15th place following his runner-up performance worth €430,000.

Welcome to the GPI

There were 14 players added to the GPI this week, led by Jose Manuel Nadal. Two cashes at EPT Campione helped give Nadal a full slate of Period 1 scores to go along with his other results. Also making his debut on the GPI is EPT Campione Main Event winner Jannick Wrang.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Jose Manuel Nadal1,257.50201st
Stefan Huber1,225.26212th
Nicolas Chouity1,223.90214th
Per Linde1,204.92218th
Liv Boeree1,197.57222nd
Mihails Morozovs1,151.97238th
Jannick Wrang1,147.77240th
Sergio Castelluccio1,145.58242nd
Balazs Botond1,130.51248th
Raj Vohra1,118.50258th
Andrea Benelli1,111.91262nd
Massimo Mosele1,081.37278th
Christopher Lastiwka1,072.96287th
Alex Debus1,055.09299th

Those who fell from the GPI this week were Christophe Benzimra, Dana Kellstrom, Daniel Neilson, David Pham, Humberto Brenes, John Juanda, Justin Schwartz, Kevin Iacofano, Laurence Houghton, Markus Ristola, Steve Brecher, Stuart Fox, Tim Finne, and Tim West.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Koen De Visscher. His fifth-place finish in the EPT Campione Main Event not only boosted his GPI ranking 124 spots, but also gave him a solid payout of €124,000.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
58thRupert Elder1,700.42+51
100thKoen De Visscher1,525,33+124
116thRonny Kaiser1,477.73+61
141stGuillaume Darcourt1,384.15+57
152ndChris McClung1,347.89+53
194thZimnan Ziyard1,270.86+63
209thMike Beasley1,227.19+73
211thMihai Manole1,224.35+82
224thMartin Finger1,194.94+53
226thDavidi Kitai1,187.59+74

On the other end of the spectrum is Benny Spindler. His win at EPT London last October slipped into Period 2 and as a result, he fell 97 places.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
111thDan Smith1,500.40-47
182ndBernard Lee1,287.08-44
190thBenny Spindler1,274.89-97
199thAllen Bari1,260.70-45
205thJames Mitchell1,235.79-43
220thJuan Manuel Pastor1,204.80-45
227thDylan Wilkerson1,186.24-42
259thChad Brown1,116.58-47
270thKristijonas Andrulis1,095.90-47
284thAndrey Zaichenko1,075.10-81

What's In Store?

With no major live events going on over the next week, expect light changes to the GPI next week from aging scores. The live tournament scene will pick up later in the month.

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