Jason Mercier Overtakes Erik Seidel on 2012 Global Poker Index

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Jason Mercier Overtakes Erik Seidel on 2012 Global Poker Index

Who’s the best poker player thus far in 2012?  The honor now goes to Jason Mercier, who managed to overtake Erik Seidel on the 2012 Global Poker Index. 

From PokerNewsDaily.com

After a hectic first six weeks of 2012, the Global Poker Index has seen a change in the lead while introducing a new ranking system that will crown a GPI Player of the Year.

On the overall GPI, which ranks the top 300 tournament poker players, Jason Mercier has been able to overtake former leader Erik Seidel for the honor of top player in the tournament poker world. Part of the reason for this is that some of Seidel’s best performances from 2011 – including his win in the Super High Roller at the Aussie Millions, a third place finish in the Aussie Millions High Roller and two deep runs in tournaments at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure – have lapsed into a lesser grading period.

Last May, Seidel managed to top Daniel Negreanu as the winningest poker player of all time by finishing first at the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

“It’s a great feeling,” the 51-year-old Seidel said. “Any time you win, you don’t have that lingering ‘what did I do wrong?’ or ‘Maybe I should have done something different.’”

“I think it’s nice,” Seidel said of passing Daniel Negreanu to move into first place. “I kind of expect it will be a temporary thing, but I’m happy to be there now.”

- Ace King, Gambling911.com