Global Poker Index: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Reclaims Top Spot

Posted at 17:00 2012-05-04 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. We knew it was going to happen and this week it is official — Bertrand "ElkY" Grospeller is No. 1. For a look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website.

The Top 10 as of April 30, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,982.42+1
2Jason Mercier2,898.03-1
3Sorel Mizzi2,553.66--
4Eugene Katchalov2,551.10--
5David "Doc" Sands2,475.35+2
6Shawn Buchanan2,366.95--
7Steve O'Dwyer2,363.78-2
8Juha Helppi2,328.50+1
9Martin Jacobson2,298.84+9
10Jonathan Duhamel2,288.28--

Grospellier returned to the top spot for the first time since mid-December 2011. Between his win in the EPT Berlin €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em for €231,000, and his third-place finish in the €100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final for €621,000, Grospellier knocked down Jason Mercier from the top of GPI heap.

Welcome to the GPI

Justin Bonomo had an excellent PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. He took down the €100,000 Super High Roller for €1,640,000 and followed that up by cashing in the Main Event. He final tabled the €25,000 High Roller as well, but that wont take effect until next week's rankings. Meanwhile, John Dolan took runner-up at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $459,360 to enter the GPI.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Justin Bonomo1,612.2074th
John Dolan1,382.08141st
John Andress1,350.24151st
Dominykas Karmazinas1,276.15178th
Ben Vinson1,246.37192nd
Mikhail Petrov1,232.96198th
Ignat Liviu1,192.59210th
Johnny Lodden1,189.54214th
Matthias De Meulder1,181.20217th
Basil Yaiche1,158.36231st
Jesse Martin1,148.45235th
Anatoly Gurtovy1,132.21242nd
Yury Gulyy1,105.61262nd
Dimitar Danchev1,095.15270th
Giuseppe Pantaleo1,084.48276th
Kyle Bowker1,074.67281st
Maria Ho1,074.48282nd
Mark Rose1,067.57284th
Pratyush Buddiga1,055.73288th
Nacho Barbero1,049.72291st
Richard Toth1,046.62293rd

Falling from the GPI this week were Andreas Wiese, Andrew Teng, Bernard Lee, Christopher Lastiwka, Dobromir Nikov, Ivo Donev, Jake Bazeley, Josh Bergman, Justin Smith, Khiem Nguyen, Lucien Cohen, Mads Wissing, Massimo Mosele, Mickey Petersen, Mike Leah, Russell Carson, Sami Kelopuro, Taylor von Kriegenbergh, Tom Middleton, and Xuan Liu.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Mohsin Charania following his win in the Main Event at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final for €1,350,000. Vadzim Kursevich, Jason Wheeler, and Sergio Castelluccio also went deep.

Tommy Vedes took down the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $779,520 and rose 99 places as a result. Fellow final tablists Joe Serock and David Paredes also enjoyed a rise up the ranks.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
46thMohsin Charania1,780.86+140
47thTommy Vedes1,778.26+99
63rdJoe Serock1,685.28+111
80thVadzim Kursevich1,581.23+104
106thJason Wheeler1,497.84+94
109thSergio Castelluccio1,490.80+122
124thZach Clark1,439.84+125
155thAndrea Benelli1,336.45+108
186thDavid Paredes1,259.66+100
199thTorsten Brinkmann1,230.43+80

Hoyt Corkins took a big tumble down the GPI this week as his 10th-place finish at the 2011 WPT World Poker Finals aged into Period 2, leaving him with a blank slate in Period 1.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
121stRupert Elder1,447.09-54
140thKeven Stammen1,383.48-51
160thMatt Stout1,318.21-47
189thStefan Huber1,254.04-51
196thRob Akery1,237.82-48
206thHoyt Corkins1,201.36-74
248thMike Beasley1,119.96-49
250thDan Kelly1,119.43-50
263rdAlain Roy1,104.80-78
268thVitaly Lunkin1,097.37-64

What's In Store?

As we mentioned earlier, the results of the €25,000 High Roller Event at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final will be applied to next week's rankings. What can we expect to see? Noah Schwartz, currently No. 15 on the GPI, finished in sixth place for €166,000. A return to the GPI top 10 is likely. Daniel Negreanu took second for €598,600 and will improve his current No. 43 position. Justin Bonomo will also shoot up the ranks. He capped his excellent week in Monaco with a fourth-place finish for €266,000 and in a span of two weeks and will go from off the GPI completely to in the top 60.

To look at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website. While you're at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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