Global Poker Index: Kenney & Peters Lead, Koon & Kaverman Join Top 10

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player’s results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list, visit the official GPI website. Here’s a look at the rankings as of March 1.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Bryn Kenney 1780.53
2 Mustapha Kanit 1597.35
3 Byron Kaverman 1257.50
4 Sergio Aido 1175.05
5 Koray Aldemir 1147.45 +3
6 Manig Loeser 1121.64 +18
7 Roland Israelashivili 1057.54
8 Park Yu Cheung 958.34 +2
9 David Yan 956.39 -4
10 Alan King Lun Lau 931.71 +128

Two months down here in 2017, and Bryn Kenney maintains the lead again this week in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race for a fourth-straight week.

The top four positions all stayed the same in the latest update, while Koray Aldemir moved up three spots after winning a $5,250 buy-in event at the World Poker Tour L.A. Classic last week. After his fast start to the year, Aldemir is currently ranked No. 15 in the overall GPI rankings (a career-high) and second among all German players, not far behind Fedor Holz (No. 13 overall).

New to the top 10 this week is another German player, Manig Loeser, who jumped from No. 24 to No. 6 after collecting two cashes at the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic, including a fifth-place finish in the Main Event won by Darren Elias for a record-tying third WPT title.

Also joining the list is Alan King Lun Lau of Hong Kong who earned three cashes at the Macau Poker Cup this month including two victories, one in a HK$10,000 buy-in tournament and another in a HK$15,000 event, enabling him to move all of the way from No. 138 to No. 10 on the POY list.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 David Peters 3453.94
2 Bryn Kenney 3255.49 +1
3 Nick Petrangelo 3234.88 -1
4 Justin Bonomo 3130.44
5 Adrian Mateos 3089.31
6 Ankush Mandavia 3065.68
7 Dan Smith 2956.33 +1
8 Jason Koon 2951.83 +3
9 Ari Engel 2936.25 +1
10 Byron Kaverman 2925.64 +2

Turning to look at the GPI overall rankings, David Peters remains in first position for a second week running while Bryn Kenney edges up to No. 2 ahead of Nick Petrangelo.

Jason Koon is a new name on this list after elevating from No. 11 to No. 8. That marks a career-high ranking and first appearance in the overall top 10 for the winner of this year’s $100,000 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller and over $8.2 million in live tournament earnings.

Former overall No. 1 and 2015 GPI Player of the Year Byron Kaverman has also pushed back onto the list after moving up from No. 12 to No. 10.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank Player Total Score
151 Phil Hui 1922.51
180 Alex Difelice 1857.98
209 Aditya Prasetyo 1813.30
218 Jared Jaffee 1800.23
225 Dan Wilson 1781.15
226 DJ MacKinnon 1780.80
238 Govert Metaal 1763.01
248 Kristen Bicknell 1742.42
260 Ben Yu 1728.63
263 Ryan Laplante 1723.10
271 Alexander Greenblatt 1715.54
276 Kevin Andriamahefa 1704.04
278 Dan Heimiller 1694.26
280 Nick Pupillo 1692.71
286 Piotr Franczak 1684.88
287 Riley Fuller 1682.70
288 Yung Hwang 1677.35
289 Cliff Josephy 1677.24
290 Benjamin Perez 1676.00
292 Jasper Meijer 1673.40
293 Antonio Esfandiari 1673.12
295 Alex Ziskin 1668.47
296 Kalidou Sow 1667.95
298 Tobias Hausen 1663.75

There are a lot of newcomers to the overall top 300 this week — 24 of them — with Phil Hui the highest-ranked of the group. Hui moved from No. 315 to No. 151 (a career-high) after finishing fourth (and being part of a four-way chop) in last week’s WPTDeepStacks Big Stax 1500 won by Jimmy Poper.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
225 Dan Wilson 1781.15 +261
226 DJ MacKinnon 1780.80 +258
276 Kevin Andriamahefa 1704.04 +172
151 Phil Hui 1922.51 +164
180 Alex Difelice 1857.98 +144

Phil Hui makes it onto the “Biggest Gains” list this week, as does DJ MacKinnon who after finishing runner-up in that WPTDeepStacks Big Stax 1500 event went from No. 484 to No. 226.

The biggest gainer among those in the current top 300, however, was Dan Wilson who after making two final tables in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic went from No. 486 to No. 225.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
297 Sergey Lebedev 1666.80 -186
232 Ivan Luca 1770.62 -154
262 Luis Antonio Duarte Ferre 1723.93 -148
264 Upeshka De Silva 1722.27 -96
281 Patrick Mahoney 1690.97 -93

Finally, again sticking only with players in the overall top 300, Sergey Lebedev suffered the steepest decline after slipping from No. 111 down to No. 297 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic culminates later today with the final table of the Main Event where Daniel Strelitz has the chip lead and WPT co-host Mike Sexton is among the final six.

Meanwhile the WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville series in Florida got going yesterday, the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov kicks off in the Czech Republic today, and the two-day Aria Super High Roller 16 happens this weekend.

To view the GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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