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Global Poker Index: Mercier Still in Front, Widens Lead; Zinno Still Tops POY

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  • Jason Mercier retains the top spot in the overall GPI rankings, extending his lead over Byron Kaverman in second.

  • Make it 11 weeks in a row for Anthony Zinno as leader in the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race.

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 16, 2015.

2015 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Anthony Zinno4461.20-
2Byron Kaverman4292.41-
3Nicholas Petrangelo4076.11-
4Dzmitry Urbanovich3955.62-
5Connor Drinan3771.11-
6Jason Mercier3751.99-
7Paul Volpe3651.76-
8Scott Seiver3610.29-
9Stephen Chidwick3473.17-
10Steve O’Dwyer3466.74-

No news is good news for Anthony Zinno, who after another quiet seven days remains the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year leader for an 11th-straight week. None of the top 10 changed this week, with only minor movement happening through much of the top 50 spots.

A couple of exceptions to the relative calm included Brian Rast who jumped from No. 63 to No. 35 this week and Olivier Busquet who moved from No. 66 to No. 47.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Jason Mercier4248.27-
2Byron Kaverman4075.59-
3Anthony Zinno4006.18-
4Scott Seiver3936.44-
5Nicholas Petrangelo3817.84-
6Paul Volpe3699.56-
7Stephen Chidwick3696.84+1
8Davidi Kitai3601.95-1
9Bryn Kenney3590.78-
10Mustapha Kanit3580.03-

The overall GPI rankings were similarly stable this week with the top 10 players remaining the same and Jason Mercier enjoying a ninth-straight week in the top spot. Only Stephen Chidwick (now No. 7) and Davidi Kitai (now No. 8) swapped spots among the highest-ranked players.

Mercier in fact widened the gap between himself and Byron Kaverman in second position after Kaverman lost some points when his cash at the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star back in March entered the second aging period. Kaverman is No. 2 in both lists this week as he is also the nearest challenger at present to Zinno for POY.

Looking just below the top 10, Pratyush Buddiga jumped from No. 25 to No. 15 this week. Buddiga’s highest previous ranking was No. 2, most recently in February of this year.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
233Cary Katz1849.34
260Jens Lakemeier1784.85
273Griffin Paul1753.56
275Kevin Eyster1751.43
277Andrey Pateychuk1748.85
288Jason Les1724.22
296Jesse Rockowitz1681.98
298Ryan Fee1677.27
299Antonin Duda1676.26
300Marc-Etienne McLaughlin1673.24

There was a bit more movement at the other end of the GPI top 300 this week with 10 new players entering the list. Cary Katz is the highest-ranked of this group, having moved up from No. 448 to No. 233 after finishing third in one of the $25,000 ARIA High Roller events staged last week.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
233Cary Katz1849.34+215
273Griffin Paul1753.56+181
120Mayu Roca2310.81+80
275Kevin Eyster1751.43+70
288Jason Les1724.22+66

That jump made Katz the biggest gainer of the week among those in the top 300, with Griffin Paul the next-highest leaper. Paul, who most recently went deep in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event (finishing 13th) went from No. 454 all the way to No. 273 this week.

Incidentally, this marks Paul’s first week in the GPI top 300, while Jason Les and Antonin Duda are also making their debuts on the list.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
291Bahbak Oboodi1694.20-65
241Ray Qartomy1826.76-52
215Ryan Riess1908.23-50
186Benjamin Zamani1987.63-46
286Andrea Dato1724.71-46

Meanwhile among the top 300 players this week Bahbak Oboodi endured the biggest fall after slipping from No. 226 to No. 291.

What to Expect Next Week

While the World Series of Poker Circuit is making a historic first visit to the Casino Campione in Italy, the WSOP-C is also landing over in West Palm Beach today for the start of another series at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. Meanwhile tomorrow sees the start of the Latin American Poker Tour Uruguay Main Event in Punta del Este.

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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