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Global Poker Index: Zinno, Mercier Hang on to Leads; Kaverman, Volpe on the Move

Paul Volpe


  • Mercier and Zinno keep their streaks alive atop the Global Poker Index overall and 2015 POY lists, respectively.

  • Byron Kaverman and Paul Volpe are both rising to challenge the leaders in the Global Poker Index lists this week.

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 August 26, 2015.

2015 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Anthony Zinno4341.41-
2Byron Kaverman3797.99+2
3Connor Drinan3771.11-1
4Dzmitry Urbanovich3729.00+1
5Paul Volpe3651.76+5
6Jason Mercier3620.28+7
7Scott Seiver3610.29-4
8Steve O’Dwyer3466.74+10
9Stephen Chidwick3460.36-3
10Ivan Luca3423.22+1

After several quiet weeks at the top of the Global Poker Index 2015 Player of the Year leaderboard, results from the ongoing European Poker Tour Barcelona festival have shaken up the rankings a bit this week with a couple of newcomers joining the top 10.

Anthony Zinno managed to retain the top spot for an eighth week in a row. In fact, it’s A-B-C-D at the top this week with Anthony, Byron, Connor, and Dzmitry sitting in the first four positions.

A ninth-place finish in the €50K EPT Barcelona Super High Roller helped Byron Kaverman move up from No. 4 to No. 2, while Connor Drinan remained in third. Dzmitry Urbanovich also moved up a spot to No. 4 on the strength of his runner-up finish in the EPT SHR won by Sylvain Loosli.

Jason Mercier jumped from No. 13 to No. 7 in the rankings now that points from his win in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $25K High Roller have kicked in, while Steve O’Dwyer moved up from No. 18 to No. 8 after final tabling the EPT Barcelona €50K SHR (taking seventh) and also cashing in the EPT Barcelona €25K High Roller earlier this week (taking 12th).

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Jason Mercier4259.98-
2Anthony Zinno4021.32-
3Byron Kaverman3988.80-
4Paul Volpe3735.02+5
5Scott Seiver3726.19-1
6Bryn Kenney3618.37+1
7Stephen Chidwick3592.90-2
8Dominik Nitsche3497.43-
9Nicholas Petrangelo3475.91+2
10Dario Sammartino3443.75-

There was some movement as well atop the GPI overall rankings this week, although Mercier kept the top spot for a sixth-straight week, creating a little more distance between himself and Zinno thanks to his big SHRPO win.

Paul Volpe also picked up some points from the SHRPO series where he final tabled the $5,250 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event, finishing eighth. He’s now up to No. 4 in the overall rankings, Volpe’s highest-ever ranking after having peaked at No. 5 in July 2014.

Also one to watch is Nicholas Petrangelo who this week moved up a couple of spots to No. 9. Petrangelo is having a huge year, with 11 cashes, eight final tables, and two tournament victories already. Petrangelo was the overnight leader in the EPT Barcelona Main Event, and came back to the most chips of anyone to start today’s Day 3.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
189Antonio Buonanno1929.94
219Chris Hunichen1869.68
223Timothy Miles1858.48
225Marc MacDonnel1857.27
230Viet Van Vo1843.59
234Aaron Lim1817.55
243Brian Roberts1790.93
249Christoph Csik1779.19
256Pablo Fernandez1765.28
272Jens Lakemeier1721.81
274Dermot Blain1721.00
275James Gilbert1717.47
283Leo Fernandez1698.24
285Aditya Prasetyo1696.92
286Carlo Savinelli1693.75
290Daniel Buzgon1684.17
291Randy Pfeifer1681.35
296Johnny Lodden1668.52

Well demonstrating the effect a major poker tournament series like EPT Barcelona is having on the overall GPI rankings, no less than 18 players moved up into the top 300 this week, with former EPT Grand Final champion Antonio Buannono ranking the highest of the group after moving up from No. 304 to No. 189.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
291Randy Pfeifer1681.35+204
256Pablo Fernandez1765.28+141
230Viet Van Vo1843.59+140
285Aditya Prasetyo1696.92+132
283Leo Fernandez1698.24+132

Buannono’s move upwards 115 spots in the rankings wasn’t even enough to get him listed in the top five biggest gains of the week, thanks to all of the cashes and points-gathering happening in Spain and elsewhere. Randy Pfeifer tops that list this week, going from No. 495 all of the way to No. 204 after final tabling the SHRPO Main Event where he finished fifth.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
247Alexander Kumin1784.08-75
293Marc-Etienne McLaughlin1673.24-60
226Andy Frankenberger1856.10-58
229Dylan Linde1844.23-58
280Norbert Szecsi1709.74-56

Meanwhile of those keeping their spots inside the GPI’s top 300, Alexander Kumin tumbled the furthest after going from No. 172 to No. 247.

What to Expect Next Week

Barcelona remains the center attention for nearly another week as the EPT Barcelona Main Event (lasting through Aug. 30) and €10K High Roller (Aug. 28-30) highlight a packed remaining schedule. The Macau Poker Cup 23 is also getting underway tomorrow.

Be sure to follow the coverage from the PokerNews’ Live Reporting team from EPT Barcelona for the duration of the festival.

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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