Global Poker Index: Kenney, Peters Lead While Strelitz, Fish Move Up

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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 8.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Bryn Kenney 1974.95
2 Mustapha Kanit 1597.35
3 Byron Kaverman 1257.50
4 Ben Heath 1238.88 +8
5 Sergio Aido 1175.05 -1
6 Koray Aldemir 1147.45 -1
7 Roland Israelashivili 1139.87
8 Manig Loeser 1121.64 -2
9 Nadya Magnus 1047.62 +5
10 Allen Kessler 1008.84 +14

Bryn Kenney sits comfortably atop the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings for a fifth-straight week, his lead over his nearest challenger, Mustapha Kanit, having grown larger after Kenney cashed in two separate $25,000 ARIA High Roller events last week, finishing third in one and fourth in another (though he earned points for only one of those cashes — see below).

Ben Heath also used recent success to advance up the rankings and join the top 10, moving up from No. 12 to No. 4. Heath’s runner-up finish in the 818-entry Wynn Spring Classic Championship won by Eric Baldwin was the source of his POY points.

There are two other newcomers to the current POY top 10. Nadya Magnus made a deep run in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event (finishing ninth) and cashed on the World Series of Poker Circuit (winning a ring), the Heartland Poker Tour and at the Chicago Poker Classic to earn enough points to jump to No. 9 this week.

And Allen Kessler moved up from No. 24 to No. 10 this week after cashing in that Wynn Spring Classic Championship. He, too, has a number of cashes already in 2017, collecting them in the Bahamas, at the Borgata Winter Open, on the HPT, the WSOP-C and elsewhere.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 David Peters 3457.98
2 Nick Petrangelo 3234.88 +1
3 Bryn Kenney 3203.87 -1
4 Justin Bonomo 3130.44
5 Adrian Mateos 3093.96
6 Ankush Mandavia 3032.75
7 Dan Smith 2956.33
8 Jason Koon 2951.83
9 Ari Engel 2951.10
10 Jake Schindler 2935.30 +9

David Peters retains his hold on the No. 1 spot in the overall rankings this week, his third consecutive week at the top, while Nick Petrangelo edged back to No. 2 ahead of Bryn Kenney.

The rest of the list remained the same aside from Jake Schindler jumping from No. 19 to No. 10 after winning the first of those two $25,000 ARIA High Rollers mentioned above. The one Schindler won drew 33 entries, which meant it exceeded the 32-entry minimum for GPI points. The other one, incidentally, drew 31 entries, and so didn’t count.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank Player Total Score
169 Eric Baldwin 1897.96
170 Simeon Naydenov 1895.20
184 Jonathan Borenstein 1865.67
203 Joe Serock 1823.98
245 Garett Greer 1748.79
278 Kevin MacPhee 1694.27
281 Alexander Condon 1691.52
285 Celina Lin 1680.69
293 Ian O’Hara 1671.90

Eric Baldwin’s victory in that Wynn Spring Classic Championship was mentioned above, and by winning at the Wynn he earned the distinction of the being the highest-ranked among the nine newcomers in this week’s GPI top 300, coming in at No. 169. The highest previous GPI ranking for the WSOP bracelet holder was No. 65 back in July 2011.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
203 Joe Serock 1823.98 +259
170 Simeon Naydenov 1895.20 +238
169 Eric Baldwin 1897.96 +173
36 Daniel Strelitz 2436.03 +152
67 Darryll Fish 2252.11 +138

Baldwin made the “Biggest Gains” top five thanks to his jump up from No. 342 to No. 169. Topping this list is Joe Serock who went from No. 462 to No. 259 after finishing eighth in the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event won by Daniel Strelitz.

Speaking of Strelitz (pictured above, left), that win also helped him make a big GPI move, going all of the way from No. 188 to No. 36, a career GPI peak for Strelitz. Meanwhile a win in a WPTDeepStacksevent and a third-place finish in another tournament has helped Darryll Fish (pictured above, right) jump from No. 205 to No. 67 this week, also a career-best ranking for him.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
262 Matt Salsberg 1720.90 -104
277 Zo Karim 1696.30 -103
300 Michael Wang 1661.92 -94
208 Anthony Spinella 1822.45 -63
271 Bryan Piccioli 1704.94 -54

Finally, looking only at players still within the top 300, Matt Salsberg dropped the furthest this week after slipping from No. 158 to No. 262.

What to Expect Next Week

The PokerStars Festival Rozvadov is currently underway in the Czech Republic, with the live reporting team from PokerNews on hand sharing all the details from the €2,200 High Roller, the €5,300 King’s High Roller and the €1,100 Main Event. PokerNews will also be on hand with live updates, chip counts, photos, videos and more from PokerStars Championship Panama starting this weekend.

Meanwhile the WSOP-C stops in Los Angeles, the Wynn Spring Classic continues and the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event will play down to a winner tomorrow.

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.