Global Poker Index: Mercier Reclaims Top Spot

Jason Mercier and Igor Kurganov

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 May 16, 2013

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Jason Mercier3295.41+5
2Marvin Rettenmaier3170.41-1
3Stephen O'Dwyer3165.12+5
4Mike Watson3034.54-2
5Philipp Gruissem2932.28-2
6Bryn Kenney2887.18-2
7Bertrand Grospellier2813.75-2
8Ole Schemion2786.87+3
9Andrew Lichtenberger2686.80+11
10David Sands2678.66-3

For the first time since February 28, Marvin Rettenmaier doesn't hold the top spot in the GPI.

Jason Mercier mashed the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final, and although his runner-up finish in the €100,000 Super High Roller will not affect his GPI score because the buy-in was more than $25,000, his win in the €2,000 Open-Face Chinese side event and his seventh-place finish in the EPT Grand Final Main Event were good enough to bring him back to the top spot. This is the first time Mercier has been ranked No. 1 since "King" Dan Smith dethroned him on Nov. 1, 2012.

Rettenmaier didn't fall far, landing softly at No. 2, but Steve O'Dwyer is less than six points behind him. O'Dwyer won the EPT Grand Final Main Event, earning a whopping $1,604,972. With the World Poker Tour $25,000 World Championship right around the corner, and the World Series of Poker following it, this three-man race for the top spot between Mercier, Rettenmaier and O'Dwyer is bound to heat up this summer.

Ole Schemion, who moved up three spots to No. 8, will not be able to improve his ranking in Las Vegas because the German will not be 21. Like Mercier, the young Schemion added to his lore in Monaco, winning three side events (€5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, €1,000 Win the Button, €10,000 Six-Handed Turbo) and finishing third in the €5,000 8-Game.

New Additions

PlayerTotal ScoreGPI Rank
Artem Litvinov1637.65116
Victor Ramdin1529.12137
Jake Cody1504.48143
Tony Gregg1433.22162
Grant Levy1362.18193
Salman Behbehani1359.42195
JC Alvarado1290.97217
Guy Goossens1255.25232
Dan Murariu1249.32235
Zachary Korik1241.71238
Leo Fernandez1237.24241
Kiryl Radzivonau1234.73242
Andrew Chen1233.25245
Benjamin Hamnett1229.51247
Max Lykov1218.90250
Kyle Frey1214.89252
Nacho Barbero1208.14257
Rodrigo Caprioli1207.09258
Christopher Frank1202.11261
Fadi Kamar1156.58281
Daniele Mazzia1155.76283
Blake Bohn1154.06284
Kevin Vandersmissen1153.96285
Mikhail Korotkikh1152.37286
Steven van Zadelhoff1146.20289
Stan Jablonski1142.71291
Rumen Nanev1139.92294
Artem Metalidi1139.41295

After cashing in back-to-back EPT High Rollers and finishing runner-up in two side events at the EPT Grand Final, Artem Litvinov joins the GPI top 300. The Russian sits at No. 116, and will try to shadowbox his way into the top 100.

Jake Cody, Grant Levy and Tony Gregg also jumped into the top 300 thanks to final table appearances in Monaco. Cody and Levy finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in the Main Event, while Gregg finished runner-up to his good friend Steven Silverman in the €25,000 High Roller.

Falling from the GPI 300 this week were 28 players, including Hans Winzeler, Denys Drobyna, Tom Alner, Melanie Weisner, Jan Suchanek, Andy Bloch, Stephen Bokor, Jean-Philippe Rohr, Fernando Brito, Atanas Gueorguiev, Martin Staszko, Bruno Lopes, Steve Gross, Trevor Pope, Tomeu Gomila, AP Phahurat, Tristan Clemencon, Brandon Meyers, Dario Alioto, Sergio Espina, Andrew Badecker, Dani Stern, Yosuke Sekiya, Jonas Lauck, Andrey Pateychuk, Nam Le, Torsten Brinkmann and Daniel Neilson.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank
68Leonid Bilokur1943.34+67
83John Juanda1839.47+66
100Johnny Lodden1727.60+128
102Freddy Deeb1718.86+86
146Benjamin Spindler1497.75+74
167David Rheem1420.25+81
171Stephane Benadiba1409.12+84
174Alex Kravchenko1403.76+111
186David Peters1379.51+97
192Jean-Noel Thorel1363.61+90

Making the largest leap this week was Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden. Lodden finished third in the EPT Grand Final Main Event, earning €467,000 and launching him up 128 spots to No. 100.

Also making a three-figure leap this week was fellow Team Pro Alex Kravchenko. The Russian now sits at No. 174 after finishing fifth in the Open-Face Chinese event and cashing in the Main Event.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank
142Kristijonas Andrulis1509.91-48
155Jonathan Karamalikis1464.56-55
183Sam Razavi1384.34-68
200David Williams1341.59-41
208Corey Burbick1313.55-47
254David Steicke1211.28-47
264Kenny Hallaert1199.51-43
268Joey Weissman1189.86-44
274Eric Froehlich1171.06-43
276Lee Markholt1166.54-49

Sam Razavi plummeted 68 spots this week and now comes in at No. 183. Razavi has cashed in a handful of smaller events in 2013, but with only one five-figure score, he has dropped in the rankings.

Also taking big hits were notables Jonathan Karamalikis, David Williams, Corey Burbick, Eric Froelich and Lee Markholt.

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