Global Poker Index: Jason Mercier Back to No. 2

Jason Mercier

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 World Series of Poker is quickly reaching the end and for the time being, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier has held off the field to remain at No. 1. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of June 25, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,859.50--
2Jason Mercier2,781.55+3
3Steve O'Dwyer2,605.24-1
4Marvin Rettenmaier2,586.09--
5Eugene Katchalov2,505.80+1
6Sorel Mizzi2,503.62+5
7Shawn Buchanan2,494.71-4
8David "Doc" Sands2,455.62+1
9Erik Seidel2,407.73-2
10Vanessa Selbst2,388.29+4

It didn't take long for Jason Mercier to get back inside the top three. His Period 1 results got a huge boost this week from his eighth-place result in Event #39 ($10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha) for $72,132. He only has one other five-figure score comprising his Period 1 slate.

Welcome to the GPI

A whopping 24 players are new to this week's GPI. Debuting with the best standing is Jan Peter Jachtmann. He took down WSOP Event #39 ($10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha) for $661,000. Chris Tryba is back on the GPI after winning Event #35 ($2,500 Mixed Hold'em) for $210,107.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Jan Peter Jachtmann1,340.13178th
Fernando Brito1,311.22189th
Chris Tryba1,271.05208th
Max Lehanski1,226.68223rd
Ted Lawson1,186.69240th
Michael Telker1,172.51244th
Yorane Kerignard1,162.39248th
Chris McClung1,155.27250th
Antony Lellouche1,148.30254th
Kyle Bowker1,123.31267th
Yuliyan Nikolaev Kolev1,122.24270th
Sean Getzwiller1,113.03273th
James Akenhead1,112.20274th
Dylan Wilkerson1,112.20276th
David Pham1,102.31282nd
Vladimir Kochelaevskiy1,101.44284th
Dana Kellstrom1,097.03285th
Nikolai Yakovenko1,091.47287th
Ryan Welch1,088.89289th
Bernard Lee1,088.46291st
Nicolas Cardyn1,086,19293rd
Daniel Colman1,084.28295th
Mike Leah1,083.32297th
Balazs Botond1,082.79299th

The 24 players who fell this week were Andrey Gulyy, Benjamin Pollak, Brent Hanks, Brett Richey, Daniel Alaei, Humberto Brenes, Ignat Liviu, Jesse Alexis Cohen, Jon Spinks, Jose Manuel Nadal, Jude Ainsworth, Justin Schwartz, Lee Goldman, Maksim Semisoshenko, Marko Neumann, Matt Berkey, Max Pescatori, Mike Matusow, Nicolas Chouity, Ravi Raghavan, Robert Cezarescu, Stuart Fox, Tim Finne, and Ty Reiman.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Chris DeMaci. He finished runner-up in Event #34 ($5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max) for $316,308.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
53rdElio Fox1,828.74+63
66thJoseph Cheong1,775.55+63
118thChris DeMaci1,567.07+114
124thDimitar Danchev1,525.69+64
146thAllen Cunningham1,438.06+74
148thMichael Benvenuti1,436.38+66
182ndMario Puccini1,332.30+97
192ndJeff Lisandro1,303.13+75
197thDwyte Pilgrim1,287.07+68
201stAntonio Esfandiari1,278.12+86

This week's biggest fall belonged to Justin Young. His three cashes from the 2011 WSOP fell from Period 2 and only one was picked up in his Period 3 results.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
170thBen Lamb1,355.03-59
180thDan O'Brien1,337.42-47
196thMikhail Lakhitov1,297.37-44
202ndMax Martinez1,277.95-45
219thMicah Raskin1,238.53-45
245thKevin Iacofano1,172.30-62
257thJustin Young1,143.61-88
262ndJoe Hachem1,137.95-62
288thManuel Bevand1,090.89-46
290thJoe Cassidy1,088.55-62

What's In Store?

Michael Mizrachi won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and will see a nice rise from his current No. 36 ranking. Chris Klodnicki, No. 29, will also see a nice bump in his ranking after finishing second to Mizrachi in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

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