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Global Poker Index: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Maintains Lead During WSOP

Posted at 09:00 2012-06-09 by Mickey Doft

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.

The Top 10 as of June 4, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,873.86--
2Jason Mercier2,848.11--
3David "Doc" Sands2,615.42+1
4Steve O'Dwyer2,575.22-1
5Marvin Rettenmaier2,550.39+2
6Dan Smith2,461.05+2
7Jonathan Duhamel2,452.79-1
8Noah Schwartz2,440.23+2
9Sorel Mizzi2,383.17-4
10Vanessa Selbst2,377.98+6

With the World Series of Poker in full swing, one deep run for a player in the top 10 or even just outside of it can really shake things up. So far, Vanessa Selbst is making the biggest moves. She's back in the top 10 after a fourth-place showing in Event #2. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier is still No. 1 and no doubt he'll be looking to further his lead with a productive WSOP, but right on his heels is Jason Mercier. Neither has posted a big WSOP result yet, but it's only a matter of time.

Welcome to the GPI

Three of the top four finishers in WSOP Event #6, the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max, are new to this week's GPI. Joseph Cheong finished runner-up but is back on the GPI in the No. 121 spot. Hugo Lemaire finished fourth and holds down the fort in the No. 160 spot, while champion Aubin Cazals debuts in the No. 242 spot.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Joseph Cheong1,456.10121st
Hugo Lemaire1,326.64160th
Chris Tryba1,234.91206th
Aubin Cazals1,141.75242nd
Chad Brown1,137.69244th
Dana Kellstrom1,105.63260th
Anthony Gargano1,096.23271st
Tyler Bonkowski1,091.58274th
Mike Beasley1,091.40275th
Owais Ahmed1,089.75276th
Amnon Filippi1,044.67294th
Massimo Mosele1,038.46299th

Falling from the GPI this week were Agris Klaise, Balazs Botond, Dobromir Nikov, Jan Bendik, Nacho Barbero, Mads Wissing, Maria Ho, Michael Binger, Phil Ivey, Sami Kelopuro, Torsten Brinkmann, and Will Molson.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Jacob Bazeley. He finished runner-up in WSOP Event #2, a $1,500 no-limit hold'em. The man who took it down: Brent Hanks, vaulted 92 places to No. 207.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
106thVictor Ramdin1,539.61+82
116thTom McCormick1,486.67+64
150thBrock Parker1,346.60+94
151stJohn Racener1,342.04+69
154thJesse Martin1,340.02+74
169thDimitar Danchev1,311.40+93
197thJosh Arieh1,243.27+76
199thJacob Bazeley1,241.67+95
207thBrent Hanks1,223.80+92
219thJustin Smith1,198.00+78

Andras Kovacs slid the most this week. His only two Period 1 scores aged into Period 2. Jake Cody also slipped. His win in the $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em event at the 2011 WSOP aged into Period 3.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
98thJake Cody1,575.22-58
203rdCary Katz1,236.59-57
209thMarton Czuczor1,219.77-48
222ndAndras Kovacs1,192.44-77
238thDavid Paredes1,148.64-53
253rdAdrien Allain1,117.54-66
270thJames Mitchell1,096.35-44
281stFabian Quoss1,069.13-54
283rdVanessa Rousso1,061.62-54
295thJean-Paul Pierre Pasqualini1,041.56-49

What's In Store?

Vanessa Selbst rejoined the top 10 this week and her deep run in Event #12 will push her toward the top five. The effects from the 2012 World Series of Poker have only just begun. To this point, only six events have had an impact on the GPI and next week, 12 more events will tip the GPI scales.

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