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Global Poker Index: Philipp Gruissem Returns to the Top 10

Posted at 09:35 2013-03-11 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.

Top 10 as of March 4, 2013

RankPlayerTotal ScoreRank Change
1Marvin Rettenmaier3,263.36--
2Jason Mercier3,055.44--
3Dan Smith3,053.03--
4Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier2,985.81--
5Mike Watson2,915.02--
6Joseph Cheong2,904.72--
7Bryn Kenney2,842.37--
8Philipp Gruissem2,838.76+6
9Andrew Lichtenberger2,798.09-1
10Vanessa Selbst2,788.75-1

Philipp Gruissem is back in the top 10 this week thanks to an aging score. His 10th-place finish in the $260,000 Super High Roller at the 2012 Macau High Stakes Challenge for $587,778 aged into Period 2, but Gruissem's Period 1 didn't take too much of a hit as it still contains four six-figure scores.

Welcome to the GPI

Fourteen players are new to this week's GPI, led by Amir Lehavot at No. 202. He took down a $1,900 No-Limit Hold'em side event at the Bay 101 Shootings Star series for $140,500, topping a field of 344.

Debuting on the GPI top 300 this week is Aaron Massey at No. 212, fresh off a win in a $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up event at the 2013 Chicago Poker Classic. He bested a field of 49 for $73,721.

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Amir Lehavot1,306.49202nd
Aaron Massey1,286.95212th
Jesse Yaginuma1,285.45213th
Eric Froehlich1,224.06234th
David Tuthill1,202.94246th
John Hennigan1,156.03267th
Ryan Eriquezzo1,155.53268th
Jesse Sylvia1,148.92271st
Trevor Pope1,141.85276th
Carlos Mortensen1,137.88280th
Roland Israelashvili1,130.61285th
Harrison Gimbel1,129.66287th
David Diaz1,128.61290th
Gilbert Diaz1,120.51295th

Falling from the GPI this week were Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Chris Tryba, Daniel Idema, Daniel Neilson, Enver Abduraimov, Frederik Jensen, Grant Levy, Jeremy Kottler, Michel Abecassis, Mikhail Petrov, Nicolas Cardyn, Sergio Castelluccio, Stephane Benadiba, and Viliyan Petleshkov.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Rodger Johnson following his win in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller event at the L.A. Poker Classic for $182,315. Meanwhile, Paul Volpe placed second in the Main Event there for $651,170 and rose 87 places as a result.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
42ndNoah Schwartz2,116.11+34
60thJeremy Ausmus1,942.45+47
67thAna Marquez1,868.01+35
69thTaylor Paur1,850.69+32
79thPaul Volpe1,817.87+87
101stAlex Venovski1,696.73+81
116thGalen Hall1,632.11+69
121stDavid Peters1,615.55+40
144thNicholad Verkaik1,529.38+109
152ndRodger Johnson1,502.48+118
170thJohn Racener1,419.75+42
174thThomas Gabriel1,407.71+56

Falling the furthest was Vadzim Kursevich as his third-place finish in a €5,000 PLO event at the 2011 WPT Paris aged into Period 4.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
86thJohn Juanda1,772.41-29
91stPhil Ivey1,748.32-38
158thJP Kelly1,454.80-48
216thTomeu Gomila1,271.66-29
235thSam Trickett1,223.76-29
273rdArtem Litvinov1,146.20-32
274thAlex Kravchenko1,143.63-34
275thVadzim Kursevich1,143.43-51
297thJake Bazeley1,116.20-34
300thDmitry Gromov1,114.17-48

What's In Store?

Results from the Bay 101 Series will continue to take GPI form as the High Roller and Main Event will wrap up shortly. Among the players that will rise are David Sands (No. 13) and Nick Schulman (No. 48) from their High Roller cashes. From the Main Event Paul Volpe (No. 79) and Erik Seidel (No. 76) are at the final table and will see big boosts. Antonio Esfadiari (No. 71), Christian Harder (No. 52), and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (No. 4) also made deep runs and should rise. In ElkY's case, we think he has a chance to rise to No. 2.

GPI Fantasy Poker Value Pick of the Week

With the recent launch of the GPI Fantasy Poker Manager on Facebook, we thought we'd lend a helping hand in putting together your roster.

Here's how the GPI Fantasy Poker Manager works. Much like other fantasy sports, you are given a budget with which to pick a number of poker players for your team. When these poker players finish in the money of real poker events, you are awarded points. Finish with the most points and you win. It's that simple.

We'll be providing at least one "value" pick each week for your fantasy poker team. Here's our top selection for the EPT London Main Event, which begins Sunday, March 10.

Tim Reilly — 25,860: He cashed in the EPT Deauville Main Event and took second in the Super High Roller there, too, so the Massachusetts native is finding a groove overseas.

Griffin Benger - 10,000: One of the best online tournament players you're probably not too familiar with, "FlushEntity" is starting to make his mark on the live scene. Most recently, he finished 33 of 987 in the PCA Main Event, so for 10,000 he's a bargain.

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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