GPI 300 Update: Quiet Week at the Top; Rusnak and Others Move Up
The Top Twenty remained relatively unchanged this week with Dan Smith (GPI#1), ‘Mad Marvin’ Rettenmaier(GPI#2),Jason Mercier (GPI#3), and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier(GPI#4) continuing to hold onto the top four spots for the seventh week in a row. The remainder of the Top Twenty saw only a few small movements due to aging results. The player benefitting the most from aging results this week is Joseph Cheong who reaches his highest rank to date at GPI#5 thanks to the aging results of Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger dropping his score below Cheong’s.
The largest gains among the GPI 300 came out of the Aussie Millions Poker Championship A$1,650 NLHE Bounty and The Million Dollar Heater $2,500 NLHE Main Event. Frank Rusnak(GPI#156 +67) finished 4th in the NLHE Bounty event and moves up the most in rank of any player. The Chicago native joined the GPI Elite just seven weeks ago and has already moved from GPI#283 to his highest rank this week at GPI#156. He earned 155 points for his 4th place finish and combined with a few points gained from aging results has an overall gain of 175 points. The runner-up in the NLHE Bounty event, Tam Truong, makes his second appearance among the GPI 300 this week. Another relatively new face to the GPI Elite, Hui Chen-Kuo, finished 9th earning 127 points and moves up 57 spots to GPI#227. Heinz Kamutzki(GPI#80 +18) andElio Fox(GPI#103 +19) also cashed in the event and move up in the rankings.
The players with the second and third largest rank jumps of the week are Tyler Reiman (GPI#89 +66) and Jacob Bazeley (GPI#194 +60). Reiman won The Million Dollar Heater $2,500 NLHE Main Event earning 258 points. Bazeley finished 9th and earned 156 points pushing him up to his highest rank to date.
Next week will see the reporting of results from the WPT Borgata Main Event and Aussie Millions events. Several current and former GPI 300 ranked players will be posting results from the Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge including winner Andrew Robl, runner-up Igor Kurganov, and 4th place finisherDan Shakso keep an eye on their scores as they are likely to move up in the rankings.