Mercier Reclaims Lead in Weekly Global Poker Index

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier's 2011 WSOP bracelet and his recent WPT High Roller win are the main reasons he's now number one.

Jason Mercier is back on top in this week’s Global Poker Index ranking, edging out last week’s leader Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.

Mercier jumped two spots from third place thanks to his win in the $100,000 High Roller event at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio. Mercier earned $683,000 for that victory.

Riding his 2011 WSOP bracelet win and a third-place finish in Epic’s inaugural event, Mercier has a stranglehold on the ranking until January ushers in a new year of major tournaments.

The rest of the top ten remains relatively static with a lull in major tournaments as the holidays approach. Here is this week’s GPI Leaderboard:

  • 1st (3rd) Jason Mercier - 2,554.65 points
  • 2nd (1st) Bertrand Grospellier - 2,477.48 points
  • 3rd (2nd) Erik Seidel - 2,470.40 points
  • 4th (4th) Eugene Katchalov - 2,436.92 points
  • 5th (5th) Sam Trickett - 2,320.02 points
  • 6th (7th) Shawn Buchanan - 2,310.72 points
  • 7th (6th) Samuel Stein - 2,268.33 points
  • 8th (9th) Sorel Mizzi - 2,207.50 points
  • 9th (8th) Chris Moorman - 2,207.29 points
  • 10th (10th) Matt Marafioti - 2,069.71 points

Farther down the GPI list, which ranks the top 300 tournament poker players in the world, we saw serious movement.

Andrey Pateychuk was the biggest mover, rocketing 183 spots up to 89th thanks to an unbelievable month that included wins at EPT San Remo and WPT Prague. Those two results count along with his 15th place finish in the 2011 WSOP Main Event.

That’s because the GPI formula takes into account results from the last six, half-year periods, with serious emphasis place on the most recent six-month period.

Canadian Russell Carson recorded the second-biggest gain, jumping 151 spots to 129th thanks to his final-table finish at WPT Prague.

Plummeting down the rankings was Max Lykov, who now has zero results in his most recent scoring period. Lykov won a WSOP bracelet this summer but the $1,000 buy-in isn’t enough to qualify it for inclusion in the Global Poker Index. He fell 147 spots to 264th.

The second biggest loss was Chris Bell whose win at the WSOP Circuit event in Atlantic City last year passed from Period 2 to Period 3. Bell dropped 139 spots to 297th.

January is sure to be a turbulent few weeks for the BPI, with big events at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and Aussie Millions giving players big chances to score points.

Keep an eye on the Poker News section for our weekly GPI report.

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