Global Poker Index: Jason Mercier Maintains Lead

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. Jason Mercier is still leading the way as October comes to a close. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of October 22, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,905.72--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,759.03--
3Marvin Rettenmaier2,686.55--
4Philipp Gruissem2,565.60+2
5Andrew Lichtenberger2,557.27-1
6Dan Smith2,545.02+2
7Steve O'Dwyer2,496.85-2
8Phil Hellmuth2,421.95-1
9Mike Watson2,395.93+2
10Vanessa Selbst2,376.06+3

After falling from the top 10 last week, Vanessa Selbst returned this week after a win in a $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Festa Al Lago series. She topped a 55-player field for $90,693. Also joining the top 10 this week was Mike Watson. He received a small boost as an aging score (first place in a €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Six Max at EPT Berlin for €70,300) helped boost his Period 2 slate significantly.

Welcome to the GPI

Justin Young returned to the GPI this week and leads the 10 new players in this week's rankings. Young earned a runner-up finish in a $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event in the Festa Al Lago series for $61,353 — the same event that Vanessa Selbst won.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Justin Young1,263.50196th
Zachary Korik1,093.90284th
Chris Bjorin1,087.09288th
Mike Gorodinsky1,084.61292nd
Ty Reiman1,078.86293rd
Brian Hastings1,076.79295th
Eddy Sabat1,075.96296th
Simeon Naydenov1,075.21297th
Aaron Jones1,073.13298th
Maxi Lehmanski1,072.53299th

Carla Solinas, David Bach, Dominik Nitsche, Ignat Liviu, Jake Bazeley, Jason Tompkins, Jess Yawitz, Koen De Visscher, Marc Inizan, and Stephane Albertini each fell from the GPI this week

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Ana Marquez. It wasn't a recent score that resulted in her gain but rather in her cashing in the EPT Berlin Main Event in April. That result aged into Period 2, which only had two counting results. Furthermore, that aging score didn't play a significant role in comprising her Period 1 results.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
33rdTom Marchese2,017.66+23
81stIgor Kurganov1,682.25+22
107thDan Shak1,556.64+17
110thMihai Manole1,541.21+17
115thKyle Bowker1,517.73+24
121stAndrey Zaichenko1,503.51+39
130thCary Katz1,485.79+32
183rdJoe Kuether1,302.07+41
193rdAna Marquez1,264.65+63
229thDana Kellstrom1,195.42+62

Anton Wigg took the biggest hit, dropping 112 places. Two of his cashes from EPT Berlin aged into Period 2, leaving his Period 1 with just one result.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
136thDimitar Danchev1,477.02-44
160thMustapha Kanit1,381.90-44
161stAndrey Pateychuk1,376.21-37
165thElio Fox1,355.20-40
190thAnton Wigg1,271.90-112
201stAlessio Isaia1,253.62-
227thYorane Kerignard1,206.80-46
238thBrian Hawkins1,172.15-55
263rdJan Bendik1,121.19-72
300thDavid Paedes1,068.49-65

What's In Store?

The $10,000 Main Event at the Festa Al Lago series wraps up soon. Marvin Rettenmaier, David "Doc" Sands, and Matt Waxman each made the money and will see a change in his score. Depending on the outcome, there could be some solid GPI movement next week.

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