Global Poker Index: Bryn Kenney Still King of Both POY and Overall Rankings


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 October 4.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change From Last Week
1 Bryn Kenney 3440.32
2 Koray Aldemir 3167.07
3 Nick Petrangelo 3058.14
4 Dan Smith 2948.77
5 Dario Sammartino 2928.47
6 Sergio Aido 2830.89
7 DJ Alexander 2784.01
8 Anthony Spinella 2783.99
9 Pete Chen 2781.40
10 Stephen Chidwick 2778.51

Things have remained stable at the top of the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings over recent weeks, with Bryn Kenney remaining the top-ranked player of the year again after the last update. That makes seven weeks running in the top spot for Kenney.

Indeed the entire Top 10 remained the same from a week ago. DJ Alexander catapulted into the top 10 in early September after a fourth-place showing in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event, and inched up a few more spots to No. 7 over the course of the last month. He cashed in another WPT Main this week, finishing 20th in the WPT Maryland Live! Main Event (the results of which are not yet reflected in the rankings).

Of course you probably heard Art Papyzan won both of those WPT titles, having won WPT Legends in late August, then last night outlasted a 561-entry field to take down WPT Maryland Live! as well.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change From Last Week
1 Bryn Kenney 3485.66
2 Nick Petrangelo 3371.51
3 David Peters 3265.88
4 Justin Bonomo 3254.93
5 Adrian Mateos 3206.33
6 Stephen Chidwick 3177.54
7 Dan Smith 3121.06 +1
8 Ari Engel 3108.63 -1
9 Koray Aldemir 3078.43
10 Dario Sammartino 3030.67 +4

The overal GPI rankings have remained steady over the last three weeks as well with little movement up at the top. There, too, Bryn Kenney continues to be No. 1, also for a seventh-straight week.

Within the overall Top 10, No. 7 Dan Smith and No. 8 Ari Engel swapped positions. Meanwhile Dario Sammartino moved back into the Top 10 this week after going from No. 14 to No. 10.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank Player Total Score
201 Joe Serock 2001.47
234 Ian O’Hara 1947.83
248 John Monnette 1926.75
253 David Eldridge 1918.42
255 Ivan Deyra 1916.45
267 Morten Mortensen 1901.93
269 Jason Gooch 1897.67
295 Ray Henson 1843.38
296 Anton Astapau 1838.78
299 Robert Hankins 1836.26

There are 10 new names in the overall GPI Top 300 since the last update a week ago, with Joe Serock the highest-ranked of this group after jumping from No. 357 to No. 201. Serock’s upward move came following his victory in the 2017 Wynn Fall Classic European Open – Special Edition, a $1,100 event in which he bested a 673-entry field.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
201 Joe Serock 2001.47 +156
234 Ian O’Hara 1947.83 +117
186 Chad Eveslage 2044.90 +101
248 John Monnette 1926.75 +96
139 Jordan Cristos 2139.77 +75

Serock’s gain was the biggest over the past week of anyone in the current GPI Top 300. Ian O’Hara also made a big move from No. 351 to No. 234 after following up a victory in late August at Isle Casino Pampano Park with a runner-up finish in the $3,250 buy-in World Series of Poker Circuit Seminole Hard Rock High Roller won by Anton Wigg this week.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
266 Alex Difelice 1902.09 -77
158 Mustapha Kanit 2095.05 -55
274 Lander Lijo 1887.91 -43
282 Andre Akkari 1871.97 -43
198 Esther Taylor 2010.16 -41

Finally Alex Difelice slipped the furthest this week among players still inside the Top 300 after going from No. 189 to No. 266.

Keep an eye on that aforementioned Poker Masters series as well, where it looks as though the fields will be plenty big to qualify for GPI points and therefore affect both the 2017 POY race and overall rankings.

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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