Grospellier Tops the Global Poker Index this Week

May 7, 2012

The Global Poker Index (GPI) serves to rank the top 300 live tournament poker players globally as of the day it’s published. The GPI ranks players weekly based on cash finishes in qualifying tournaments over the past 36-month period.

For 11 weeks, US poker pro Jason Mercier sat atop the list, but has just recently lost his top spot to Frenchman Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. Twenty-five-year-old Mercier earned just over $2.4 million in live tourneys last year and has been ranked #1 on the GPI since February 13, 2012. However, in 2012 alone, Mercier has only banked a tad under $100K from two tournaments, which has resulted in a point drop of 36.64 points, putting him in the #2 on the GPI scale with 2,898.03 points

Grospellier, 31, on the other hand has already earned $1,266,165 across seven tournaments this year alone. His 2012 successes include a first place finish at the EPT Berlin and a third place cash at the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller Reload.

Grospellier is also ranked in the 16th spot on the All Time Money List with more than $9.9 million in tourney cashes; Mercier however is in 30th place on that list with about $7.7 million.

Canada’s WSOP 2010 Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel is ranked #10 on the GPI; the United States’ eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel is ranked 12th; and US player Vanessa Selbst ranks 18th.

Other notable players who rank on the GPI include Canadian player Daniel Negreanu in the 43rd spot, US player Phil Helmuth in 59th, and new to the GPI this week is US player Justin Bonomo in 74th.


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