Jason Mercier has the top spot in two major rankings in the world of poker — we round up the Global Poker Index, ESPN’s The Nuts and more.

Global Poker Index

About the rankings: A ranking of the top live poker players in the world based on their performance of the past 36 months.
The latest rankings (top 10):
1. Jason Mercier 2618.67
2. Erik Seidel 2598.49
3. Eugene Katchalov 2505.06
4. Bertrand Grospellier 2486.00
5. Thomas Marchese 2117.52
6. Sorel Mizzi 2115.12
7. Fabrice Soulier 2099.22
8. Daniel Negreanu 2043.77
9. Scott Seiver 2035.13
10. John Juanda 2014.97
The skinny: Jason Mercier continues to be the best live tournament player on the planet right now, and he holds down the top spot after taking it away from Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier last month. Eugene Katchalov, who just missed a victory in a recent European Poker Tour event, moved up to third place. Tom Marchese didn’t gain any points in the ranking, but he did move up to fifth place. Will Failla, coming off a World Poker Tour victory, moved way up, to No. 19.
Check out the rankings: GPI website.

The Nuts: ESPN’s Power Rankings

About the rankings: A subjective ranking of the top poker players in the world, usually done each month.
The latest rankings:
1. Jason Mercier
2. Erik Seidel
3. Eugene Katchalov
4. Ben Lamb
5. Phil Hellmuth
6. John Juanda
7. Bertrand Grospellier
8. Vanessa Selbst
9. Phil Ivey
10. Daniel Negreanu
The skinny: Mercier continues to hold down the top spot in The Nuts, as well, while Katchalov once again moves up, again to third place. He swapped places with John Juanda, who has been quiet since the WSOP. Vanessa Selbst is back in the rankings on the heels of some solid cashes. The biggest news might be the fact that Phil Ivey, who hasn’t played anything anywhere of late, is about to drop out of the rankings. Ivey, generally considered the top poker player in the world, has simply been absent since Full Tilt’s problems began.
Check out the rankings: At ESPN.com.

Card Player

About the rankings: Card Player Magazine’s rankings for its player of the year award.
The latest rankings (top 10):
1. Sam Stein
2. Galen Hall
3. Eugene Katchalov
4. Maxim Lykov
5. Chris Moorman
6. Jason Mercier
7. Ben Lamb
8. Erik Seidel
9. Taylor von Kriegenbergh
10. Marvin Rettenmaier
The skinny: Not much change, except Katchalov, who didn’t even appear in the Card Player rankings when we featured them last month, is up to — you guessed it — third place. Mercier will probably need a big win before the end of the year to get into the mix for player of the year honors from Card Player and another No. 1 ranking.
Check out the rankings: At Card Player’s web site.

BLUFF Magazine

About the rankings: BLUFF Magazine’s rankings for its player of the year award.
The latest rankings (top 10):
1. Eugene Katchalov
2. Bertrand Grospellier
3. Marvin Rettenmaier
4. Maxim Lykov
5. Samuel Stein
6. Jason Mercier
7. Galen Hall
8. Erik Seidel
9. Ali Eslami
10. Phil Hellmuth
The skinny: Katchalov maintained his stranglehold on the BLUFF player of the year standings. Meanwhile, the only movement came from Mercier, who was ninth in these rankings last month.
Check out the rankings: At BLUFF’s website.

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