February 12 2014, by Eric Danis

GPI300: Negreanu Back at #1, Mercier’s Top 10 Return

It was a week of comebacks as Negrenau, Mercier return to familiar positions inside the GPI300 …

2014 PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Mike McDonald (GPI#7) has taken the lead away from 2014 PCA Champion Dominik Panka (GPI#386) in the race for the 2014 GPI Player of the Year. We will have full analysis of a busy week atop the 2014 GPI PoY race on Thursday – stay tuned!

VIEW FROM THE TOP

Daniel Negreanu GPIA familiar face makes his return to #1 in the World on the Global Poker Index this week. After sitting in the #2 spot for the past five weeks, Daniel Negreanu (GPI#1, +1) returns to the top this week, replacing German star Ole Schemion (GPI#2, -1).

Former World #1’s Marvin Rettenmaier (GPI#3, -) and Dan Smith (GPI#4, -) are the only two players within the Top 10 to retain their positions this week.

Jason Mercier GPIA successful trip to Australia has allowed Jason Mercier (GPI#5, +6) to return to the GPI top 10 for the first time in three months. Prior to that time, Mercier had spent over four months ranked #1 in the World.

Mercier is joined by another former #1, Erik Seidel (GPI#9, +9) as the two players who return to the GPI Top 10 this week. The duo’s reappearance inside the Elite 10 means that two players drop out of the lead group: Paul Volpe (GPI#13, -5) and Bryn Kenney (GPI#15, -5).

GPI TOP 10:

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SWIMMING UPSTREAM

Liv Boeree GPIAfter spending 16 weeks outside the GPI300 late in 2013, Liv Boeree’s (GPI#137, +105) fine play to start the 2014 campaign continues to be rewarded as she moves up over 100 spots to the #137 rank, just a few spots short of her career best.

A final table performance at the Aussie Millions makes Darren Rabinowitz (GPI#134, +134) the biggest mover within the GPI300 this week. Aussie Millions Champ Ami Barer (GPI#115, +129), John Juanda (GPI#133, +108) and AM 100K Challenge winner Yevgeniy Timoshenko (GPI#66, +54) also make big pushes inside this week’s rankings.

This week’s Top 10 Movers within the GPI300:

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DOWN THE LADDER

Vojtech Ruzicka GPIThe biggest nosedive amongst the members of the GPI300 this week belongs to 2013 EPT Deauville High Roller Champion Vojtech Ruzicka (GPI#297, -79), who finds himself dangerously close to the cut-off line. After spending the past few years inside the GPI300, Ruzicka has been ranked outside the 300 on a few different occasions so far in 2014.

The Grinder Michael Mizrachi (GPI#193, -57), former EPT Champ Kent Lundmark (GPI#165, -47) and two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Athanasios Polychronopoulos (GPI#262, -38) are amongst the players who also take the biggest hit of the week.

This week’s Top 10 Drops within the GPI300:

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IN-N-OUT

Craig McCorkell GPIThanks to their performances at the Aussie Millions, 2012 WSOP bracelet winner Craig McCorkell (GPI#195, +142) Heinz Kamutzki (GPI#214, +122) and Isaac Haxton (GPI#245, +168) are a few players who make a return to the GPI300 this week.

An appearance at the CAPT Big Four Final Table allows Mihai Manole (GPI#221, +111) Nikolaus Teichert (GPI#249, +90) to also return inside the 300.

Tony Gregg GPIWSOP One Drop High Roller winner and WPT Champion Anthony Gregg (GPI#352, -62) drops out of the GPI300 for the first time in over nine months.

Fellow WPT Champions Club members Kevin Eyster (GPI#301, -8) and Gavin Smith (GPI#364, -79) join Gregg on the outside, as do former WSOP bracelet winners Jim Collopy (GPI#302, -8) and Mike Matusow (GPI#367, -87).

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Eric Danis’ passion for poker came at a very early age but it’s when writing about and covering the game he loves that Danis is most in his element. Danis is better known for creating www.PTPRpoker.com where he spent a few years covering poker events. Danis is also known for having worked on the poker shows Poker Eh! and The Pulse on the Quad Jacks Network.