The Race For The GPI Player Of The Year Heats Up!

As ever we are going to bring you the weekly report from the Global Poker Index, who release a weekly list of who the top 300 tournament players are in the world. They do this using a formula of taking each player results over the past three years.

This Is The Current Top 10 In The Race For The Player Of The Year:

1 Jason Mercier 2,823.31—

2 Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,820.14—

3 Dan Smith 2,644.59—

4 Marvin Rettenmaier 2,635.92—

5 Steve O’Dwyer 2,595.68—

6 Vanessa Selbst 2,573.37—

7 Erik Seidel 2,523.32+1

8 Mike McDonald 2,505.44-1

9 Andrew Lichtenberger 2,423.38+1

10 Sorel Mizzi 2,373.93+2


As you can see, Grospellier is now only 3 points away from Jason Mercier having gained 47 points in the last week. His recent 7th place finish in the 10k NLHE High Roller Event at the EPT Barcelona Event giving him those extra points.

New Entries Into The Top 300!

This week saw 16 new players making the top 300 tournament players in the world, the most notable being Joni Jouhkimainen who had a superb third place finish at the European Poker Tour main Event in Barcelona taking home 404,050 Euros.

Here is the full breakdown of the new entries:

Joni Jouhkimainen 1,535.57

Anatoly Gurtovy 1,335.43

Jan Heitmann 1,269.10

Zoltan Szabo 1,232.98

Konstantin Streletskiy 1,219.14

Marc-Andre Ladouceur 1,184.92

Konstantin Tolokno 1,159.182

Rodrigo Dos-Santos Caprioli 1,142.79

Jonathan Karamalikis 1,141.24

Marko Neumann 1,134.61

Juan Manuel Pastor 1,126.51

Stephane Benadiba 1,116.73

Matthias De Meulder 1,113.18

Lucille Cailly 1,111.84

Pedro Javier Piazuelo Ferrero 1,090.52

Bryce Yockey 1,083.48

Whilst these were the new entries to the top 300 tournament players, it would have meant that we lost the same number. The players that dropped out were Benny Spindler, Viktor Blom, Brent Hanks, Sean Jazayeri, Carlos Mortensen, Ryan Eriquezzo, Chance Kornuth, Rob Akery, Justin Schwartz, Paul Lieu, Kunal Patel, Nick Binger, Massimiliano Martinez, Mike Sexton, Matt Berkey and Michael Tureniec.

As you can see, there are some big names in there such as Viktor Blom and Carlos Mortensen.

The Biggest Gains

This week’s biggest gainer was Jean-Noel Thorel who finished in 6th place at the 10k NLHE High Roller Event at the European Poker Tour Barcelona. He won 54,390 Euro’s which was his biggest career payout to date. In fact, the players that finished both second and third in the event also climbed up the Global Poker Index Player Of The Year Rankings.

Here Are The Biggest Gainers:

52 Alex Bilokur 1,907.89+45

63 Tobias Reinkemeier 1,843.81+50

91 John Juanda 1,698.78+46

96 Alain Roy 1,660.47+80

127 Jean-Philippe Rohr 1,537.08+47

131 Jake Cody 1,523.55+40

134 Kristijonas Andrulis 1,519.69+57

164 Jean-Noel Thorel 1,371.82+108

172 David Vamplew 1,353.04+38

178 Yury Gulyy1,337.62+66