Each week PokerNews publishes an article that shows the latest standings in the excellent Global Poker Index; a ranking system that shows the best live poker tournament players in the world. This week’s number one ranked player is the flamboyant Frenchman Bertrand Grospellier, better-known as “ElkY.”
Although ElkY leads with 2,927.31 points he cannot afford to rest on his laurels because there are some extremely talented individuals in the chasing pack who are hunting him down and wanting to knock the Triple Crown winner off of the number one spot. His closest rival is Jason Mercier who could find himself sliding down the rankings unless he hits some more big score in the near future but Mericer being Mercier a massive heater could just be around the corner.
This week’s ranking sees two “new” faces in the top 10. New as in they have not been there before or for a while, not as in new poker players! Dan Smith’s recent amazing form in high roller events particularly, has seen him catapulted 99 places higher into sixth place! Smith won three €5,000 buy-in events for six figures and a seven-figure score in the $100,000 Challenge at the Aussie Millions mean his first period results are unrivalled; hence his meteoric rise into the rankings.
Joining Smith as the new face in the top 10 is Canada’s Daniel Negreanu who was propelled 33 places up thanks to his recent runner-up finish in the €25,000 High Roller event at the European Poker Tour Grand Final, a result that saw him walk away with €598,600 for his efforts.
One of the great things about the Global Poker Index is that it is open to absolutely anyone who plays in a qualifying live poker tournament. Almost every poker tournament is counted as long as there are over a specific number of entrants, as low as 27 we believe, and the tournament is not a special invite-only affair. This means you could find your name displayed in lights with the aforementioned superstars of poker if you put in the results at the felt!