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Global Poker Index: Raghavan Enters the GPI 300 Top 10; Mercier Falls Out

Posted at 09:29 2013-12-05 by Rich Ryan

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. The GPI also ranks the top performers of the year over two six-month periods as calculated by the USA Today Global Poker Index point system.

For a look at both lists, visit the official GPI website.

2013 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerScoreChange
1Daniel Negreanu1130.87-
2Ole Schemion1026.40-
3Mike Watson964.80-
4Philipp Gruissem962.57-
5Bryn Kenney948.27-
6Shannon Shorr925.46-
7Marvin Rettenmaier918.52-
8Paul Volpe907.76-
9Scott Seiver895.86-
10Ravi Raghavan881.08-

There was no change within the top 10 of the GPI Player of the Year race. Daniel Negreanu remains in the lead by over 100 points with less than a month remaining in the year. In 2012, No. 7 ranked Marvin Rettenmaier won the award by a nose, surpassing Dan Smith at EPT Prague.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerScoreChange
1Daniel Negreanu3502.39-
2Philipp Gruissem3218.48-
3Marvin Rettenmaier3137.83-
4Ole Schemion3006.30-
5Shannon Shorr2925.04-
6Bryn Kenney2895.491
7Mike Watson2890.061
8David Peters2845.45-2
9Ravi Raghavan2806.282
10Jonathan Duhamel2770.88-1

American David Peters falls two spots this week, moving Bryn Kenney and Mike Watson up to Nos. 6 and 7 respectively. Ravi Raghavan, who also sits at No. 10 in the GPI POY race, moves up two spots to No. 9. Raghavan won the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic for over $1.2 million last December, and recently reached the final table of the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.

Jason Mercier falls out of the top 10, landing at No. 11. Mercier has only cashed in one event since the 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas.

Welcome to the GPI

RankPlayerTotal Score
219Michael Linster1386.99
236Russell Crane1357.90
254Michael Dentale1312.54
257Gordon Vayo1306.68
265Kyle Bowker1293.23
275Marco Johnson1282.63
278Tom Schneider1280.21
286Adam Friedman1254.09
290Mark Darner1245.45
293Tom Middleton1241.54
296Hiren Patel1236.27
298Martin Staszko1236.03
299Guy Goossens1235.75
300Steve Sung1234.87

A gaggle of new players popped up this week in the GPI top 300, including Russell Crane. Crane comes in at No. 236 after winning the Borgata Fall Open $1 Million Guarantee. Crane earned $361,747, and now has over $1.4 million in career live tournament earnings.

Also rejoining the top 300 are 2011 WSOP Main Event runner-up Martin Staszko, EPT Barcelona champion Tom Middleton, and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Steve Sung.

Biggest Gains

*RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
73Matt Waxman1950.0845
80Mickey Petersen1891.3652
118Chris Brammer1704.5275
135Connor Drinan1626.3949
190Athanasios Polychronopoulos1449.8555
207Ryan Welch1415.1151

Matt Waxman and Mickey Petersen crack the top 100 of the GPI this week, coming in at Nos. 73 and 80 respectively. Waxman chopped the Seminole Hard Rock Rock N' Roll Poker Open for $123,598, and Petersen finished third in the UKIPT Nottingham High Roller for $34,552.

Brit Chris Brammer made the biggest leap this week, climbing 75 spots to No. 118. Brammer made the final table of the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event and chopped the High Roller with Petersen.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
130Cary Katz1644.24-39
143Tom Marchese1577.18-43
175Ramzi Jelassi1481.68-39
235Mihai Manole1359.54-58
256Keven Stammen1311.34-71
262Benjamin Hamnett1297.92-53
292Tommy Vedes1242.18-41

Entering the Tommy Vedes Danger Zone® this week is none other than Tommy Vedes. The WPT Champions Club member fell 41 spots, and now sits at No. 292.

To view 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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