Global Poker Index: Vanessa Selbst Cracks Top Three

Posted at 07:00 2012-07-21 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 July 16, 2012

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank from Last Week
1Jason Mercier2,847.86--
2Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier2,738.21--
3Vanessa Selbst2,594.33+5
4Steve O'Dwyer2,591.42--
5Marvin Rettenmaier2,586.06-2
6Eugene Katchalov2,558.02--
7Erik Seidel2,545.21--
8Andrew Lichtenberger2,482.07+1
9Jonathan Duhamel2,468.54-4
10Mike McDonald2,409.86+2

Vanessa Selbst jumped into the No. 3 spot this week following a deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event. She finished in 73rd place for $88,070.

Welcome to the GPI

New to the GPI this week are 18 players, most because they cashed in the Main Event. Four players led by Fabrizio Gonzalez at No. 170 (finished 45th) vaulted into the top 200. Following him are Yuval Bronshtein at No. 180 (finished 23rd), Roland Israelashvili at No. 186 (finished 25th), and Amnon Filippi (finished 39th).

New Additions

PlayerTotal GPI ScoreGPI Rank
Fabrizio Gonzalez1,364.01170th
Yuval Bronshtein1,336.85180th
Roland Israelashvili1,324.86186th
Amnon Filippi1,318.93191st
Alessio Isaia1,256.78209th
Jason Somerville1,232.45220th
Timothy Adams1,225.54223rd
Brent Hanks1,216.88227th
Nick Binger1,201.14236th
Luke Nettles1,200.27237th
James Mitchell1,138.85258th
Massimo Mosele1,119.90272nd
Craig McCorkell1,118.21274th
Simeon Naydenov1,098.76282nd
Chance Kornuth1,098.36283rd
Mike Leah1,094.14285th
Jesse Alexis Cohen1,087.06291st
Ryan Eriquezzo1,074.26298th

Falling from the GPI this week were Aage Ravn, Anatoly Gurtovy, Andras Kovacs, Brandon Meyers, Carla Solinas, Dan Perper, Daniel Colman, David Pham, Dimitry Stelmak, Dmitry Gromov, Erich Kollman, Jeff Madsen, Michael Telker, Mike Sexton, Nico, Fierro, Ryan Julius, Stefan Huber, and Vitaly Lunkin.

Ups and Downs

The biggest rise of the week belonged to Greg Merson. He capped an excellent WSOP (four cashes with a bracelet) with a spot at the final table of the Main Event (currently counting as a ninth-place finish). That gives him a full slate of Period 1 scores. Joining him at the final table is Jeremy Ausmus and he vaulted up the GPI as well. He cashed nine times at the 2012 WSOP, so he has a full slate of Period 1 scores, as well.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
57thIsaac Baron1,842.83+61
88thTaylor Paur1,702.65+56
114thGreg Merson1,566.03+175
130thRonny Kaiser1,497.15+67
146thJeremy Ausmus1,435.30+120
153rdAndrey Zaichenko1,427.01+48
161stKyle Bowker1,396.86+58
198thDan Murariu1,286.76+56
212thAli Eslami1,251.26+65
234thBernard Lee1,209.68+47

On the other end of the spectrum is William Thorson. He slipped the furthest this week after his third-place finish in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event in the Bellagio Cup VII from last July slipped into Period 3.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal ScoreChange in Rank From Last Week
96thGovert Metaal1,661.29-58
103rdElio Fox1,601.42-44
159thHafiz Khan1,416.90-53
195thNick Yunis1,289.20-63
205thDan O'Brien1,265.43-52
216thOndrej Vinklarek1,245.07-62
219thWilliam Thosron1,236.98-70
252ndLeo Fernandez1,152.17-56
259thBrandon Cantu1,137.81-50
284thMaxi Lehmanski1,095.11-48

What's In Store?

With the conclusion of the WSOP (until late October), expect the GPI to calm down a bit until the WPT season starts in August.

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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