Global Poker Indices

GPI reveals new wave of top pros

by , Aug 20, 2012 | 11:59 am

Poker World reconstruction moves forward … not just off the felt, but on it, too. Taking a quick scan of the current GPI 300, the name that stood out to me as in a “holy heck he’s not just good he’s apparently really good” is Matt Marafioti.  Who knew?! A kid putting himself at the center of poker controversy while declaring cheating to be alive and well but chivalry to be definitively dead … presuming he doesn’t end up in a ditch or arctic fjord in the near future, @adzizzy’s presence on the Global Poker Index is a reminder that a new generation of poker players — top poker pros — really is upon us. (LOL those damn Millenials!) Remember the days when Phil Hellmuth’s whining and Mike Matusow’s psychological instabilities were enough to entertain us? They seem quaint by comparison.

Also interesting to see how few Full Tilt pros are on the list. So many players who we once believed were anything and everything maybe really weren’t? Or at least aren’t any longer, without your money to buy them into $20,000 televised sit-n-go’s.

Considering the number of pros here born in the 80s (and even 90s, soon) … a new era, new generation, new rules … welcome poker’s new wave?


GPI 300 TOP 20

RANK PLAYER SCORE
1. Jason Mercier 2823.32
2. Bertrand Grospellier 2774.36
3. Dan Smith 2656.62
4. (+3) Marvin Guido Rettenmaier 2635.92
5. (-1) Stephen O’Dwyer 2607.66
6. Vanessa Selbst 2594.34
7. (+1) Eugene Katchalov 2443.91
8. (+1) Andrew Lichtenberger 2416.49
9. (+1) Mike McDonald 2409.86
10. (+1) Sorel Mizzi 2390.63
11. (+1) Matt Marafioti 2386.37
12. (+2) David Sands 2370.71
13. (+2) Jonathan Duhamel 2354.82
14. (+2) Emanuel Failla 2352.19
15. (-10) Erik Seidel 2348.22
16. (+1) Shawn Buchanan 2347.15
17. (+1) Michael Mizrachi 2323.62
18. (-5) Noah Schwartz 2272.78
19. Chris Klodnicki 2267.34
20. Shannon Shorr 2256.08

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