Global Poker Index: Sergio Aido Surges, Bryn Kenney Still Leads POY

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 15.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Bryn Kenney 1974.95
2 Sergio Aido 1632.96 +3
3 Mustapha Kanit 1597.35 -1
4 Koray Aldemir 1387.42 +2
5 Ben Heath 1359.91 -1
6 Dylan Wilkerson 1315.73 +9
7 Byron Kaverman 1257.50 -4
8 Nadya Magnus 1196.08 +1
9 Park Yu Cheung 1164.99 +2
10 Roland Israelashvili 1151.97 -3

Bryn Kenney remains the frontrunner in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race, making it six weeks at the top for him. Others are coming on, however, including Sergio Aido who moved up from No. 5 to No. 2 this week after finishing seventh in the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event won by Samuel Panzica.

Dylan Wilkerson moved up from No. 15 to No. 6 following his win in the World Series of Poker Circuit Los Angeles event at the Bicycle Casino. Park Yu Cheung also moved up a couple of notches to No. 9 after picking up three cashes in the Asia Championship of Poker Platinum Series in Macau.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 David Peters 3457.98
2 Nick Petrangelo 3234.88
3 Bryn Kenney 3203.87
4 Justin Bonomo 3171.55
5 Samuel Panzica 3171.24 +20
6 Rainer Kempe 3132.51 +6
7 Adrian Mateos 3093.96 -2
8 Dan Smith 2965.04 -1
9 Ankush Mandavia 2963.93 -3
10 Ari Engel 2962.34 -1

David Peters remains the overall GPI leader for a fourth-straight week, with the top four all remaining the same since the last update.

Samuel Panzica, meanwhile, catapulted from No. 25 to No. 5 thanks to points gained from his big WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star victory, good for a $1.373 million cash. It’s Panzica’s first time inside the overall top 10 and highest-career GPI ranking to date. Rainer Kempe also jumped onto this week’s list, going from No. 12 to No. 6 after finishing sixth in that same WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank Player Total Score
161 David “Chino” Rheem 1948.37
199 Dan O’Brien 1847.92
227 Alexandru Papazian 1794.36
238 Eduards Kudrjavcevs 1776.16
257 Jeremy Joseph 1744.41
267 Alan King Lun Lau 1724.41
272 William Givens 1719.94
284 Gerald Karlic 1696.11
286 Konstantin Puchkov 1688.76
300 Jared Griener 1669.35

There are 10 new names in this week’s GPI top 300, with David “Chino” Rheem the highest-ranked of the group after jumping up from No. 452 to No. 161. Rheem also made a deep run in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star where he finished third.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
227 Alexandru Papazian 1794.36 +339
161 David “Chino” Rheem 1948.37 +291
58 Anthony Spinella 2326.16 +150
141 Kevin MacPhee 2014.33 +137
238 Eduards Kudrjavcevs 1776.16 +125

Rheem’s WPT Bay 101 finish made him the second biggest gainer of the week among players in the top 300, with Alexandru Papazian topping the list after moving all of the way from No. 566 to No. 227. Papazian had deep runs in both the Main Event and High Roller at the recent Western Tournament series in Cyprus to enable his upward move.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
229 Rob Wazwaz 1793.99 -62
98 Alexander Rocha 2136.70 -47
175 Xiaxiang Luo 1901.00 -42
234 Vlad Darie 1783.47 -42
196 Weiyi Zhang 1850.92 -34

Finally, among those still in the GPI top 300, Rob Wazwaz fell the furthest, going from No. 167 to No. 229 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

The PokerStars Championship Panama series is now well underway, with results from Panama City sure to affect the rankings next week. Remember, PokerNews is on the scene at PSC Panama with live updates, chip counts, photos, videos and more from all of the major events.

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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