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

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier is back at top of the Global Poker Index this week. For a look at the just-released entire list of top 300 tournament poker player, visit the official GPI website. The list is compiled using a formula that takes a player's results over six half-year periods.

The Top 10 as of December 5, 2011

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,534.45+1
2Erik Seidel2,526.35-1
3Jason Mercier2,415.320
4Eugene Katchalov2,405.030
5Sam Stein2,317.85+1
6Shawn Buchanan2,219.40-1
7Sam Trickett2,164.900
8Chris Moorman2,051.57+10
9Fabrice Soulier2,019.800
10Matt Waxman2,014.060

Having last been No. 1 in August, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier returned to the top of the GPI this week. His total points remained the same, but Erik Seidel's did not. For as good as Seidel's run was at the beginning of 2011 (at the moment, his Period 2 results) his second-half of 2010 (at the moment, his Period 3 results) were not all that impressive. Seidel's score dropped because a 14th-place finish in the $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event at the 2010 WSOP aged into Period 4, leaving Seidel with only two Period 3 results. As a result, Seidel slipped down to No. 2.

New to the top 10 this week is Chris Moorman. With aging 2011 WSOP and 2010 WSOP scores now counting toward Period 2 and Period 4, Moorman gained enough points to make his debut in the top 10. He replaced Sorel Mizzi, now in the No. 14 spot after his ninth-place finish at the 2010 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic slipped to Period 3.

Welcome to the GPI

Thirteen players are new to this week's GPI. Entering with the best rank is Fabian Quoss, thanks to his victory in the 2011 Grosvenor U.K. Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Fabian Quoss1,275.88157th
David Steicke1,269.58160th
Scott Clements1,233.63178th
John Monnette1,098.79248th
Richard Lyndaker1,081.51257th
Greg Dyer1,075.38265th
Keven Stammen1,060.30278th
Kristijonas Andrulis1,056.80279th
Justin Smith1,049.86283rd
Brock Parker1,047.44287th
Kevin Vandersmissen1,034.97292nd
Seth Fischer1,028.98294th
Dan Smith1,020.73300th

Those who fell from the GPI this week: David Chiu, Farzad Bonyadi, Jonathan Karamalikis, Justin Schwartz, Lars Bonding, Luca Pagano, Matt Affleck, Men Nguyen, Nicolas Levi, Nikolay Evdakov, Robert Mizrachi, Sergey Rybachenko, and Vladimir Shchemelev.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Jean-Philippe Rohr after his 20th-place showing at WPT Marrakech at the end of November. Jonathan Duhamel, who made the final table there and finished seventh, also leaped up the GPI and now sits in the No. 26 spot.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
26thJonathan Duhamel1,795.71+36
78thNoah Schwartz1,509.00+47
108thJames Mitchell1,395.80+49
113thNenad Medic1,378.82+46
154thMichael Benvenuti1,279.04+69
158thMatt Giannetti1,272.07+47
173rdJean-Philippe Rohr1,237.31+87
187thBernard Lee1,207.13+63
195thTom McCormick1,193.62+41
198thMatt Matros1,192.03+47
210thJosh Arieh1,169.21+36

Several of this week's biggest falls were due to the 2010 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic dropping from Period 2 to Period 3. John Racener (fourth), Andrew Lichtenberger (eighth), Amit Makhija (13th), and Andy Frankenberger (16th) each fell significantly.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
104thJohn Racener1,409.63-52
114thThorsten Schafer1,378.52-54
130thAndy Frankenberger1,326.95-52
179thAmit Makhija1,228.78-75
207thAndrew Lichtenberger1,173.85-67
212thWill Molson1,168.76-75
232ndYevgeniy Timoshenko1,132.84-62
233rdJonathan Jaffe1,131.83-51
290thJohn Duthie1,041.37-66
293rdTom Dwan1,034.13-71

What's In Store?

In addition to more WSOP scores aging, several new tournament results will come into play. The 2011 WPT Prague recently ended with Andrey Pateychuk claiming victory, and the 2011 EPT Prague and the 2011 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic wrap up this weekend, so there are sure to be big waves across the GPI next week.

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