Global Poker Index: Marvin Rettenmaier Reclaims Top Spot

Marvin Rettenmaier

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.

Top 10 as of February 25, 2013

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Marvin Rettenmaier3,263.36+1
2Jason Mercier3,061.86+1
3Dan Smith3,053.03-2
4Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier2,982.95--
5Mike Watson2,915.02+1
6Joseph Cheong2,904.72-1
7Bryn Kenney2,842.37--
8Andrew Lichtenberger2,798.09--
9Vanessa Selbst2,780.76--
10Michael Mizrachi2,761.40+2

Dan Smith's recent reign atop the GPI ends this week as his fourth-place result from the €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up event from European Poker Tour Barcelona aged into Period 2. He'll slip even further next week when his seventh-place finish in the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event also ages into Period 2.

Taking back the reigns at No. 1 is Marvin Rettenmaier, fresh off of a fifth-place finish at World Poker Tour Baden to give his Period 1 a little boost.

Welcome to the GPI

Six players are new to this week's GPI, led by Nicholas Verkaik at No. 253.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Nicholas Verkaik1,184.98253rd
Viliyan Petleshkov1,146.62269th
Rodger Johnson1,145.48270th
Chris Tryba1,111.65292nd
Jeremy Kottler1,093.95299th
Grant Levy1,089.80300th

Falling from the GPI this week were Ali Eslami, Allen Cunningham, Amir Lehavot, Barry Greenstein, Nacho Barbero, and Leo Fernandez.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Galen Hall following his second-place finish in a $5,100 No-Limit Hold'em side event (worth $85,550) at the 2013 L.A. Poker Classic.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank
100thIsmael Bojang1,699.09+75
102ndAna Marquez1,680.89+49
124thSteven Silverman1,597.92+60
171stJohn Dolan1,398.93+47
185thGalen Hall1,357.73+110
202ndDan Murariu1,306.15+41
208thMatt Giannetti1,292.39+66
209thKoen De Visscher1,289.93+48
214thSamantha Cohen1,276.56+66
223rdHans Winzeler1,260.30+40
233rdEric Baldwin1,226.03+42

Sean Jazayeri fell the furthest this week, as his win in the 2012 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event aged into Period 3.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank
152ndMcLean Karr1,471.54-32
194thGreg Mueller1,328.99-31
204thDan Kelly1,304.69-55
244thFernando Brito1,197.11-47
256thJesse Martin1,176.21-66
271stJean-Noel Thorel1,144.61-34
272ndJason Somerville1,140.15-58
283rdSean Jazayeri1,128.46-83
286thLaurent Polto1,126.07-54
289thPail Lieu1,115.79-41
297thMikhail Petrov1,100.24-31

What's In Store?

The 2013 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event results will kick in and Paul Volpe (No. 166) is set to see a huge rise as he currently holds the chip lead at the final table. Other players you can expect to receive boosts next week include Noah Schwartz, Galen Hall and Ana Marquez for their cashes in that event.

GPI Fantasy Poker Value Pick of the Week

With the recent launch of the GPI Fantasy Poker Manager on Facebook, we thought we'd lend a helping hand in putting together your roster.

Here's how the GPI Fantasy Poker Manager works. Much like other fantasy sports, you are given a budget with which to pick a number of poker players for your team. When these poker players finish in the money of real poker events, you are awarded points. Finish with the most points and you win. It's that simple.

We'll be providing at least one "value" pick each week for your fantasy poker team. Here's our top selection for the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, which begins Monday, March 4.

Jennifer Harman — 10,000: Fresh off of a 21st-place finish in the L.A. Poker Classic Main Event, she's on her game and at an absolute bargain.

To look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website. While you're at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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