Global Poker Index: Kenney Keeps Lead, Zamani Zooms Up After Win
9 September 2017
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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 September 6.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Bryn Kenney 3284.93
2 Koray Aldemir 3149.15
3 Nick Petrangelo 3058.14
4 Dario Sammartino 2928.47
5 Dan Smith 2841.98
6 Sergio Aido 2809.01
7 Pete Chen 2781.40
8 Stephen Chidwick 2778.51
9 Anthony Spinella 2769.89 +5
10 Dejuante Alexander 2769.61 +48

There was absolutely zero movement among the top eight players on the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year leaderboard since the last update, which means Bryn Kenney remains in front for a third week in a row. Meanwhile at the bottom of the Top 10 two new names appear.

Anthony Spinella moved up from No. 14 to No. 9 this week after picking up points from a 12th-place finish in the 926-entry 2017 River Poker Series Main Event at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma won by Ben Zamani (pictured above).

Making a much bigger leap this week is Dejuante Alexander who catapulted from No. 58 to No. 10. Alexander also cashed in that same event at the WinStar (finishing 16th), one of a few recent scores that have helped him move up the POY rankings.

Both Spinella and Alexander barely squeaked ahead of Ari Engel whose GPI score for the year remained at 2769.06, meaning he’s at No. 11 in the POY race at the moment.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Bryn Kenney 3385.08
2 Nick Petrangelo 3307.33
3 David Peters 3262.53
4 Justin Bonomo 3230.84
5 Stephen Chidwick 3209.76
6 Adrian Mateos 3205.37
7 Ari Engel 3127.74
8 Dan Smith 3076.69
9 Ankush Mandavia 3030.18
10 Koray Aldemir 3029.66

The top of the overall GPI rankings is also largely unchanged from a week ago, with everyone in the Top 10 staying put and Kenney notching a third week running at No. 1.

Just outside of the Top 10 is Ben Zamani who elevated from No. 32 to No. 11 after winning that aforementioned River Poker Series Main Event at the WinStar. Zamani earned a $347,134 first prize in the $2,500 event, and is just one spot behind his previous career-high GPI ranking of No. 10 achieved back in January.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank Player Total Score
270 Jon Turner 1864.95
275 Joe Elpayaa 1859.29
284 Richard Alsup 1836.15
290 David Sands 1828.72
297 Linh Tran 1817.60
298 Patrick Mahoney 1816.85
299 Josip Simunic 1814.26
300 Michael Aron 1810.85

A relatively quiet week meant just eight new names joined the GPI Top 300, all of whom come in near the bottom of the list. Jon “PearlJammer” Turner is the highest-ranked of this group after moving up from No. 333 to No. 270. Turner’s career-high GPI ranking is No. 96 (from June 2017).

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
290 David Sands 1828.72 +135
165 Osmin Dardon 2059.80 +128
171 Marvin Rettenmaier 2047.34 +128
114 Johanssy Joseph 2189.80 +104
275 Joe Elpayaa 1859.29 +85

Looking at those in the current GPI Top 300 who made the biggest upward moves since a week ago, David “Doc” Sands heads the list after going from No. 425 to No. 290. Sands most recently final-tabled the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event, finishing seventh.

Artur Papazyan won that WPT Legends Main Event, outlasting Phil Hellmuth heads-up for the win. Fifth-place finisher Marvin Rettenmaier also enjoyed a big upward leap thanks to his finish, going from No. 299 to No. 171. So did Osmin Dardon who took ninth in the event, thereby helping him move up from No. 293 to No. 165.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
274 David “Chino” Rheem 1861.04 -106
229 Tim West 1940.58 -71
262 Ray Qartomy 1882.96 -54
220 Jeremy Joseph 1954.17 -50
197 Matt Salsberg 1994.28 -49

Finally, looking just at players in this week’s GPI Top 300, David “Chino” Rheem endured the steepest drop in the rankings after falling from No. 168 to No. 274.

What to Expect Next Week

The 2017 World Cup of Cards is currently playing out at the Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec near Montreal, and the PokerNews live reporting team is on the scene delivering reports on multiple events.

The partypoker Millions Russia series is ongoing in Sochi, the World Series of Poker International Circuit is in Campione d’Italia, Italy, and the World Series of Poker Circuit touches down in Biloxi, Mississippi today to start another 12-event series.