The Thanksgiving holiday didn't stop the Global Poker Index from updating this week. There wasn't a lot of change, frankly, perhaps because a lot of American players were at the beginning of the holiday lull, when tournaments become less frequent and the focus instead moves to cash games or spending time with family and friends.
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In fact, the only change in this week's top ten players came from Steve O'Dwyer falling three places to number eight. This occurred because his fifth-place finish in the WPT World Championship back in May aged into period 2, meaning its relative point worth dropped. Five new players joined the rankings this week: Nacho Barbero (208th); Brian Hastings (249th); Koen De Visscher (278th); Allan Le (281st) and Daniel Reijmer (284th.) Alex Queen, Fred Goldberg, Ruper Elder, Marco Leonzio, and Mario Puccini all fell off the list this week.
Hans Winzeler earned the biggest upward movement on the list this week, moving up 83 places 110th. He finished in fourth place in the 2012 World Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville Main Event for $106,848. The biggest drop in the list went to Jan Peter Jachtmann. His win in the €2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event at the 2012 CAPT Innsbruck Open (for €39,790) aged into period 2.
Right now, Dan Smith has a sizable lead and sits comfortably at the top of the 2012 GPI Player of the Year leaderboards. His closest competition, Marvin Rettenmaier, is a full 122 points behind him. Smith hasn't cashed in a live event in over a month, but the five wins this year look to give him a lockdown on his first GPI Player of the Year honor. Behond Smith and Rettenmaier are Kyle Julius, Joseph Cheong and Phil Hellmuth.
ESPN has released the ratings they earned for their coverage of the 2012 World Series of Poker and they saw an overall increase of 17% compared to last year. The two-hour primetime episodes featuring cover drew a 0.7 household coverage rating, meaning just over 660,000 households tuned in to watch the action. The same report also showed that the first day of the final table, aired on a fifteen-minute delay, generated a similar coverage rating of .6, meaning around 632,000 households tuned in.
The "live" broadcast featured the November Nine playing down to three. ESPN aired a special episode after featuring the final three going toe-to toe. The tournament was eventually won by poker pro Greg Merson.
Overall, it's believed that the ratings boost is a good sign for the game, but a lot of the boost may come from the fact that ESPN eliminated their near-live coverage of the days leading up to the final table. Last year's near-live coverage averaged a rating of .4, but the Tuesday night primetime shows suffered from dilution, earning only 549,000 households. By increasing the quality of what was covered from the tournament, ESPN saved time and money and earned better ratings.
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