Global Poker Index: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Back On Top

Bertrand Grospellier

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 September 10, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,811.06+1
2Jason Mercier2,708.51-1
3Dan Smith2,644.59--
4Marvin Rettenmaier2,635.92--
5Steve O'Dwyer2,595.21--
6Vanessa Selbst2,508.90--
7Andrew Lichtenberger2,423.38+2
8Mike "Timex" McDonald2,413.37-1
9David "Doc" Sands2,381.18+3
10Shawn Buchanan2,356.31+1

Jason Mercier's latest reign atop the GPI has come to an end after two months. Although it wasn't a massive score, Mercier's 27th-place showing in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars Championship event aged into Period 2 where it wasn't picked up because he already has four better scores accounting for his Period 2 results. His Period 1 took a hit, paving the way for Bertand "ElkY" Grospeller to reclaim the top spot.

Welcome to the GPI

Nine players are new to this week's GPI, led by Jacob Bazeley following a fifth-place finish for $25,460 in a $5,000 no-limit hold'em side event at the 2012 WinStar River Poker Series.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Jacob Bazeley1,300.86190th
Kunal Patel1,130.83258th
Carla Solinas1,098.62284th
Viktor Blom1,073.74295th
Mike Sexton1,073.60296th
Rob Akery1,072.64297th
Maxi Lehmanski1,070.89298th
Eric Baldwin1,070.64299th
Moreten Mortensen1,069.24300th

Falling from the GPI this week were Hugo Lemaire, James Mitchell, Joe Cassidy, Mike Leah, Nam Le, Ryan Eriquezzo, Stephane Benadiba, Taylor von Kriegenbergh, and Vinny Pahuja.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Ismael Bojang. His Period 2 had only one score before his eighth-place finish in a $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the 2012 Merit Spring Open aged into Period 2. In addition to gaining that second score in his Period 2, it wasn't previously counting as part of his Period 1 slate, so he lost no points there.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
35thScott Baumstein1,987.44+22
117thSergio Castelluccio1,557.88+34
152ndRoland Israelashvili1,434.87+15
167thAubin Cazals1,375.79+25
202ndRupert Elder1,263.43+40
204thIsmael Bojang1,252.25+41
216thMassimo Mosele1,232.28+15
246thPaul Volpe1,144.20+16
251stMax Silver1,140.50+34
279thBryce Yockey1,104.99+17

Slipping the most this week were Tim West and Matt Waxman. For West, it was his 11th-place finish in the second Epic Poker League event (worth $46,020) that aged into Period 3. Waxman's win in the 2011 WPT Grand Prix de Paris Main Event worth €500,000 also aged into Period 3.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
62ndFabrice Soulier1,850.14-32
68thMartin Jacobson1,796.27-26
89thMatt Waxman1,684.51-40
94thIsaac Baron1,625.4225-
153rdAlex Kravchenko1,429.19-38
154thGuillaume Darcourt1,425.38-22
217thMario Puccini1,231.49-29
242ndJohn Andress1,153.63-32
260thAllen Cunningham1,128.32-27
280thTim West1,102.42-67

What's In Store?

The 2012 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event results will be reflected in next week's standings, helping out fourth-place finisher Dan O'Brien (currently No. 231) and Dan Smith. Even though Smith's seventh-place score for €178,496 most likely won't crack his current top-four Period 1 scores, it will pay huge dividends when his scores begin to age into Period 2 next month. Smith is on the fast track to No. 1 on the GPI.

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