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Global Poker Index: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier On Verge Of Taking Over Top Spot

Posted at 09:12 2012-04-28 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. Jason Mercier continues to hold down the top spot, but come next week he will almost certainly give way to a new No. 1. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of April 23, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,934.67--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,910.67--
3Sorel Mizzi2,670.68+4
4Eugene Katchalov2,551.10--
5Steve O'Dwyer2,385.82+1
6Shawn Buchanan2,366.95-1
7David "Doc" Sands2,343.87-4
8Mike McDonald2,332.84--
9Juha Helppi2,328.50+8
10Jonathan Duhamel2,288.28-1

With a win in the €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max Re-Entry last week at EPT Berlin worth €231,000, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier significantly cut into the lead Jason Mercier held previously. Next week, another recent Grospellier score will push him over the top, but we'll get into that later.

Sorel Mizzi cracked the top three for the first time after his win at WPT Vienna in the €9,700 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Event for a cool €114,070. Steve O'Dwyer took third place in that tournament and moved up to No. 5 as a result.

Welcome to the GPI

Kevin Iacofano returned to the GPI in the No. 215 position following his 58th-place result in the Main Event at EPT Berlin. He is closely followed by fourth-place finisher Mario Puccini, who made his debut at No. 218.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Kevin Iacofano1,180.42215th
Mario Puccini1,174.39218th
Fabian Quoss1,148.89228th
Will Molson1,131.57238th
Marko Neumann1,117.61245th
Konstantin Tolokno1,100.78256th
Paul Lieu1,095.41262nd
Grant Levy1,084.63267th
Agris Klaise1,084.59268th
Torsten Brinkmann1,060.83279th
Jasper Wetemans1,048.01284th

Falling from the GPI this week were Alex Debus, Chad Brown, Cristiano Guerra, Harrison Gimbel, Johnny Lodden, Manuel Bevand, Owen Crowe, Rumen Nanev, Sean Getzwiller, Tyler Bonkowski, and Yorane Kerignard.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to EPT Berlin Main Event Champion Davidi Kitai. Having been off the GPI as recently as March, Kitai won't be going anywhere for a while.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
38thAndrew Chen1,814.76+97
64thDavidi Kitai1,644.16+167
93rdYevgeniy Timoshenko1,533.66+133
117thHeinz Kamutzki1,459.51+100
137thTristan Wade1,386.46+76
143rdTaylor Paur1,367.84+79
150thAndrey Zaichenko1,339.10+116
151stOndrej Vinklarek1,329.63+107
163rdKenny Hicks1,303.23+116
181stSebastian Winkler1,267.72+117

On the other end of the spectrum is Michael Benvenuti. His runner-up performance at the 2010 WPT Festa Al Lago Championship Event aged into Period 4, giving him the biggest drop of the week.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
118thJean Thorel1,458.21-51
161stMustapha Kanit1,309.20-65
166thDavid Bach1,299.49- 53
195thVojtech Ruzicka1,222.91-54
204thVitaly Lunkin1,201.23-70
210thMichael Tureniec1,188.08-65
253rdMichael Benvenuti1,106.43-77
265thBarny Boatman1,086.84-73
282ndJake Bazeley1,052.89-74
285thMickey Petersen1,046.96-53

What's In Store?

The PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final is under way and already completed is the €100,000 Super High Roller. Justin Bonomo took it down and will no doubt be retuning to the GPI next week. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier finished in third place and will most likely dethrone Jason Mercier for the top spot on the GPI next week. Tobias Reinkemeier and Daniel Negreanu, who finished second and sixth respectively, will also make their way into the top 40 as a result.

The WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown Championship Event wrapped up on Monday and will be reflected in next week's standings. Tommy Vedes took it down and should see his GPI standing, now No. 146, rise significantly.

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