Global Poker Index: Saout, Piccioli, Salas Move Up; Sammartino Tops POY
31 July 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 July 26.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Dario Sammartino 2928.47
2 Nick Petrangelo 2881.97
3 Dan Smith 2841.98
4 Bryn Kenney 2840.97
5 Koray Aldemir 2833.85
6 Sergio Aido 2809.01
7 David Peters 2684.63
8 Ari Engel 2652.80
9 Charlie Carrel 2618.77
10 Justin Bonomo 2616.70

With the 2017 World Series of Poker having reached an exciting finish, the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year Race has settled down once more with no changes among the top 10 players since the last update.

Having moved up into the lead for the first time last week, Dario Sammartino continues at No.1 just ahead of Nick Petrangelo, with everyone else in the Top 10 staying put as well. Sergio Aido remained at No. 6, but did add some points to his total after collecting a cash in a $5,000 NL event in the Deepstack Extravanganza series at the Venetian.

Looking just outside the top 10, Manig Loeser jumped from No. 23 to No. 11 this week after winning the Triton Super High Roller Series 2017 Montenegro Main Event last week. Loeser topped a 52-entry field in the HK$1,000,000 buy-in event to earn a whopping HK$16,877,600 first prize worth about $2.16 million USD.

Meanwhile Javier Zapatero won that aforementioned $5K Deepstack Extravangaza event, besting a 688-entry field to earn $561,349. With that win, Zapatero jumped from No. 84 to No. 22 in the GPI POY race.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Nick Petrangelo 3480.87
2 David Peters 3294.37
3 Ari Engel 3182.73
4 Adrian Mateos 3177.14
5 Bryn Kenney 3166.75
6 Sergio Aido 3066.15 +3
7 Justin Bonomo 3042.65 +1
8 Ankush Mandavia 3039.56 +12
9 Steve O’Dwyer 3032.63 -2
10 Dario Sammartino 3024.41

Petrangelo remains the top-ranked tournament player in the world for a 17th-straight week according to the Global Poker Index, with the top five all remaining the same since a week ago.

Aido moved up from No. 9 to No. 6 this week. Meanwhile Ankush Mandavia rejoined the Top 10, moving from No. 20 to No. 8 after a fifth-place finish in that same Deepstack Extravaganza event won by Zapatero.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank Player Total Score
99 Antoine Saout 2261.14
156 Bryan Piccioli 2081.82
177 Damian Salas 2038.19
183 Jonathan Karamalikis 2028.00
207 Jesse Sylvia 1970.07
230 Adrian Attenborough 1929.55
239 Dimitar Danchev 1919.52
262 Salvatore Dicarlo 1800.27
265 Adam Geyer 1878.25
268 Joey Weissman 1873.84
270 Justin Young 1872.76
285 John Juanda 1854.19
296 William Berry 1832.27

This week 13 players joined the GPI Top 300, with the top three all having done so thanks to their final-table finishes in the 2017 WSOP Main Event won by Scott Blumstein.

Antoine Saout jumped all of the way from No. 340 to No. 99 on the strength of his fifth-place finish. Bryan Piccioli went out just before Saout in sixth, helping him move up from No. 460 to No. 156. And seventh-place finisher Damian Salas went from No. 506 to No. 177 thanks to points earned from his showing.

Incidentally, Main Event champion Blumstein is ranked No. 506 this week, moving up from No. 2,250 after his win.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
177 Damian Salas 2038.19 +329
156 Bryan Piccioli 2081.82 +304
99 Antoine Saout 2261.14 +241
88 Patrick Leonard 2310.75 +207
183 Jonathan Karamalikis 2028.00 +185

Salas, Piccioli, and Saout topped the “Biggest Gains” list this week as well (considering only players inside the Top 300).

Patrick Leonard topped this list a week ago, and he again made another big move in the last update, going from No. 295 to No. 88 after all the points were tabulated following his incredible three-victory run not long ago. In the space of just a few days, Leonard won two $25,000 ARIA High Rollers as well as the $10,400 Bellagio Cup XIII, with his first prizes for those wins totalling more than $1.26 million.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
188 Chad Eveslage 2015.32 -61
224 Artur Koren 1937.77 -52
247 Alexander Lynskey 1902.78 -42
187 Benjamin Tollerene 2018.98 -40
274 Michal Mrakeš 1867.01 -35

Finally, considering only players in the current GPI Top 300, Chad Eveslage slipped the furthest this week, going from No. 127 to No. 188.

What to Expect Next Week

The WSOP is over, but there’s still plenty happening on the poker tournament calendar, including the Borgata Summer Poker Open, the World Poker Tour Choctaw series, the Mid-States Poker Tour Iowa State Poker Championship, the Unibet DSO- Malta series, and starting next Monday the PokerStars Festival Bucharest series.