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Global Poker Index: EPT Deauville Winner Vadzim Kursevich Sees Biggest Rise Up the GPI

Vadzim Kursevich

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world by using a formula that takes a player's results over six half-year periods. Erik Seidel's lead on Jason Mercier remains undisturbed because there were no changes in the top 10 this week. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of February 6, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Erik Seidel3,069.840
2Jason Mercier2,986.070
3Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,839.230
4Eugene Katchalov2,760.520
5Shawn Buchanan2,672.490
6Sam Trickett2,436.820
7Will "The Thrill" Failla2,429.740
8Matt Waxman2,400.180
9Vanessa Selbst2,397.300
10Mike "Timex" McDonald2,377.530

Welcome to the GPI

Heinz Kamutzki debuts with the highest ranking this week following his 36th-place finish in the EPT Deauville Main Event. With that cash, Kamutzki now has a full slate of four results that will be counted in his Period 1 results.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Heinz Kamutzki1,329.54116th
David Sonelin1,277.33186th
Kevin Vandersmissen1,270.40191st
Brock Parker1,262.55193rd
Jacob Bazeley1,224.06209th
Mohsin Charania1,181.40229th
Yorane Kerignard1,142.08251st
Ray Qartomy1,135.18254th
Jan Bendik1,128.69260th
Josh Brikis1,107.62271st
Ognjen Sekularac1,101.52275th
Anton Ionel1,100.42276th
Matthias De Meulder1,087.76278th
Christophe Benzimra1,096,43279th
Bruno Lopes1,091.21285th

Falling from the GPI this week were Dan Shak, David Diaz, Jani Sointula, Jason Wheeler, Jon Spinks, Nacho Barbero, Kevin Calenzo, Maksim Kolosov, Mark Radoja, Nicolas Cardyn, Stephen Chidwick, Tamas Lendvai, Vojtech Ruzicka, Yuliyan Nikolaev Kolev, and Will Molson.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Vadzim Kursevich. He won the EPT Deauville Main Event and now also has four Period 1 scores to be calculated in the GPI.

Others who rose in the GPI following successful showings at EPT Deauville include Mikhail Lakhitov, Luca Pagano, Ruben Visser, Paul Berende, Koen De Visscher and Marc Inizan.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
67thMikhail Lakhitov1,671.55+147
78thRuben Visser1,638.31+89
79thVadzim Kursevich1,635.44+160
108thLuca Pagano1,511.46+138
112thMarc Inizan1,498.70+89
151stJeff Papola1,385.54+108
163rdKoen De Visscher1,357.67+107
165thPaul Berende1,340.16+133
182ndAndrey Danilyuk1,283.74+89
197thGuillaume Darcourt1,256.40+72

Nicolo Calia took the biggest GPI tumble this week. Already with zero Period 1 scores on his GPI resume, his 43rd-place cash in the the 2011 WPT Venice Main Event slipped into Period 3.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
82ndJoe Ebanks1,617.24-25
106thGavin Smith1,513.54-28
188thDavid Vamplew1,273.15-34
198thDaniel Chevalier1,251.79-34
235thSami Kelopuro1,171.28-45
253rdJesse Alexis Cohen1,136.13-50
262ndNicolo Calia1,124.22-73
270thCristiano Guerra1,108.87-44
288thRonny Kaiser1,090.39-72
290thMihails Morozovs1,088.51-72

What's In Store?

The 2012 WPT Venice Main Event Final Table was set on Thursday. Andrea Dato, currently No. 283 on the GPI, and Simon Ravnsbaek, (No. 195) are in first and second respectively, in the chip counts. Jason Wheeler was eliminated in seventh, just missing the final table. Expect Wheeler to be back on the list next week, and Ravnsbaek and Dato to see solid rises.

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