Sam Trickett Breaks Into Global Poker Index Top 10

Sam TrickettSam Trickett jumped six places into the Global Poker Index (GPI) top 10 this week following his Partouche Poker Tour (PPT) main event victory that earned the Englishman €1million.

Sam Trickett has enjoyed a good year with his win in the Palm Beach Casino, Cannes, his third seven-figure success of the year to add to the AUD$1,400,000 he collected for finishing second in the AUD$250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em tournament and the AUD$1,525,000 he secured for winning the AUD$100,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at January’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship in Melbourne.

The 25-year-old now sits at seventh in the GPI top 300 on 2,121.17 points, with American Will ‘The Thrill’ Failla (1984.21) dropping out of the leading 10 to be placed 11th.

While Trickett broke the top 10 in dramatic fashion, the remaining top 10 places remained pretty stable, with another American, Erik Seidel, dropping a few points due to his $100,000 Super High Roller event win from the Five Star World Poker Classic dropping into Period 2.

However, Seidel stayed ahead of the gathering pack in first place on 2,560.94 points to ensure that Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier remains in second on 2,493.71. The gap is closing, but can the Frenchman return to the top spot any time soon?

The top five places on the GPI are completed by another American in Jason Mercier (third on 2,398.58), Ukraine’s Eugene Katchalov (fourth on 2,371.55) and Shawn Buchanan (fifth on 2,331.45), of Canada.

So there’s no change in the leading pack, but yet another States star, Sam Stein, gained one place to end the week in sixth spot on 2,178.26 points.

Of course, with Stein and Trickett gaining places, others had to drop down – and the losers were Canadian Sorel Mizzi (down two spots to eighth on 2,107.57 points), Frenchman Fabrice Soulier (down one to ninth on 2,018.48) and Matt Waxman (down one to 10th on 2,003.46), of the USA.

Just four players broke into the top 300 this week, with Stephane Benadiba’s 10th place at last week’s €3,000 buy-in main event at the Hold’em Series in Paris taking the Frenchman to 232nd on 1,137.74 points.

Youcef Benzerfa – another Frenchman – also made a dramatic entrance to the top 300 by coming in at 241st with 1,121.65 points, while American Kyle Loman (1,019.63) and Belgian Kevin Vandersmissen (1,019.20) fill the 299th and 300th spots respectively.

That means four players dropped out of the rankings. Eric Baldwin’s drop was particularly sensational as the American had been sitting at 228th last week. However, his massive drop came as a result of his first place at last November’s North American Poker Tour (NAPT) LA Bounty Shootout moving into Period 3.

Also falling out of the top 300 were Ruben Visser, of the Netherlands, Irishman John O’Shea and American Kenny Hicks.

Cary Katz recorded the biggest leap up the rankings by moving from 299th to 210th on 1,164.35 points.

While the American has not been able to record any impressive results lately, he did have some spare to be added to his Period 1 account. Katz does, in fact, have just one result included in Period 2 and that was his fourth place from May’s $5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the Five Star World Poker Classic.

Other big movers included American Justin Bonomo, who gained 67 spots to sit at 134th on 1,326.03 points, while Ukrainian Oleksii Kovalchuk leapt 50 spots to hold the 148th place on 1,289.78.

Additionally, Marc Inizan (1,311.59) continued his upwards momentum to gain 40 places for 139th after last week moving 102 spots, Ilan Boujenah (1,291.24) jumped 35 places to 147th, Salman Behbehani (1,733.56) moved from 58th to 36th, Dan Buzgon (1,136.62) sits at 233rd after gaining 17 places, Allen Kessler (1,575.77) added 14 spots for 63rd, Paul Berende (1,080.54) climbed from 269th to 259th, ad Mustaphha Kanit (1,476.71) added nine places to claim 91st.

This week’s biggest dropper was American Bernard Lee (1,101.10), who lost 68 spots to be placed at 252nd. The New Yorker’s fifth place at last November’s Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) main event in Soaring Eagle dropped from Period 2 into Period 3, so ensuring his big drop.

Other notable fallers included Dominik Nitsche (1,241.16), who lost 53 places to now sit at 178th, Maria Ho (down 39 to 222nd on 1,152.47 points), Men Nguyen (down 35 to 288th on 1,042.09), Marvin Rettenmaier (down 27 to 87th on 1,495.76), Per Linde (down 23 to 174th on 1,248.26), Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi (down 22 to 48th on 1,682.43), David Williams (down 21 to 119th on 1,365.66), Matt Jarvis (down 19 to 278th on 1,058.90), and Jean Thorel (down 18 to 226th on 1,147.45).

Next week should see former dealer Juha Helppi drop further down the rankings from his current 29th place.

The Finn’s runner-up spot at the €10,000 buy-in High-Roller No-Limit Hold’em tournament in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona last November will fall into Period 3, although he does still hold two more six-figure scores within Period 2.

Sweden’s Kent Lundmark – who is at 164th this week – will also see his ranking hit hard next week as his victory from the EPT Barcelona main event will also drop into Period 3.

Having collected $1,127,604 from that success, the Scandinavian does not hold a single six-figure cash. While he does have some five-figure results, it is the loss of the Barcelona triumph that will see him drop down dramatically – maybe even as many as 100 spots.

The top 10 in the GPI 300:

1. Erik Seidel (USA) – 2560.94

2. Bertrand Grospellier (France) – 2493.71

3. Jason Mercier (USA) – 2398.58

4. Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine) – 2371.55

5. Shawn Buchanan (Canada) – 2331.45

6. Samuel Stein (USA) – 2178.26

7. Sam Trickett (UK) – 2121.17

8. Sorel Mizzi (Canada) – 2107.57

9. Fabrice Soulier (France) – 2018.48

10. Matt Waxman (USA) – 2003.46

The Global Poker Index is maintained by globalpokerindex.com.