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Global Poker Index: O’Dwyer Leads, Nitsche and Kanit Trending Upward

Dominik Nitsche (left) and Mustapha Kanit (right)

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  • Steve O'Dwyer remains No. 1 in the @GPI rankings for a sixth-straight week.

  • Wins in Dublin help Dominik Nitsche and Mustapha Kanit move up into the @GPI top 10.

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 February 17, 2016.

GPI Player of the Year

We’re still waiting on the initial list for this year’s Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. The GPI uses a player’s best 13 results (in terms of GPI POY points earned) from January 1 to December 31. If you’re curious, you can read more here about factors considered by the GPI when calculating scores for the GPI POY.

On to the overall rankings...

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Steve O’Dwyer4271.23-
2Byron Kaverman4236.76-
3Jason Mercier4103.12-
4Nick Petrangelo4040.37-
5Anthony Zinno3940.04-
6Dominik Nitsche3890.25+10
7Bryn Kenney3887.44-1
8Fedor Holz3856.20-1
9Mustapha Kanit3733.02+10
10Stephen Chidwick3732.39-1

The top five stays the same this week in the overall GPI rankings, with Steve O’Dwyer remaining in the top spot for a sixth-straight week. O’Dwyer has picked up one cash in the European Poker Tour Dublin festival thus far, a runner-up finish in a €1,100 no-limit hold’em turbo side event, although the points he earned there weren’t enough to alter his overall GPI score.

Two players did use their EPT Dublin successes to catapult upwards in the GPI overall rankings, however, with both Mustapha Kanit and Dominik Nitsche advancing 10 spots each to join this week’s top 10.

Kanit, of course, won the €25,750 High Roller at EPT Dublin earlier in the week to help him jump from No. 19 to No. 9 in the rankings. Kanit’s previous high ranking has been No. 6 (in October 2015).

Meanwhile Nitsche jumped from No. 16 to No. 6 — his highest career GPI ranking — after winning the €2,200 UKIPT High Roller on Sunday, then turning around on Monday and taking runner-up in the €10,200 Single-Day High Roller won by Charlie Carrel.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
246Francois Billard1778.52
252James Obst1767.42
253Stefan Schillhabel1765.72
265Martin Jacobson1726.52
267Seth Berger1721.29
271Vojtech Ruzicka1711.46
284David Vamplew1690.29
285Steven Warburton1689.55
290Kou Vang1675.27
299Samuel Panzica1666.24

Ten players joined the ranks of the GPI top 300 this week, with Francois Billard the highest-ranked among them after moving all of the way up from No. 421 to No. 246. It was a fourth-place finish in the aforementioned €10,200 Single-Day High Roller that helped Billard make the leap upwards.

Three others among this group are making their first appearances in the GPI top 300, including James Obst who after years of significant success online used cashes at the 2016 Aussie Millions and another at the 2016 Perth Poker Champs to move up from No. 336 to No. 252 this week.

Meanwhile Stefan Schillhabel has cashed twice at EPT Dublin, helping him jump from No. 369 to No. 253 to join the list. And a couple of cashes at the WSOP Circut West Palm Beach festival last week enabled Kou Vang to make his debut in the top 300 after moving up from No. 340 to No. 290.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
246Francois Billard1778.52+175
60Charlie Carrel2735.24+119
265Martin Jacobson1726.52+119
253Stefan Schillhabel1765.72+116
299Samuel Panzica1666.24+87

Billard’s gain was the biggest of the week for those within the GPI top 300, while Charlie Carrel’s €10,200 Single-Day High Roller win at EPT Dublin gave him a big boost as well, moving him up from No. 179 to No. 60 in the rankings.

2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson also made a big move this week from No. 384 to No. 265 after picking up points for a ninth-place finish in the €25,750 High Roller in Dublin.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
298Nacho Barbero1667.35-105
294Randy Pfeifer1673.25-78
260Dylan Wilkerson1744.68-62
255Jason Les1765.14-50
196James Gilbert1923.67-45

Finally, looking at who dropped the most while staying inside the GPI top 300, Nacho Barbero fell the furthest after going from No. 193 to No. 298.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic continues in California this week while the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic likewise plays out in Niagara Falls.

Of course, the focus remains on the last three days of the EPT Dublin festival, with both the €5,300 Main Event and €10,300 High Roller finishing up this weekend, with the PokerNews live reporting team on hand with start-to-finish coverage of both events.

To view both the 2015 Player of the Year and 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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