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Global Poker Index: Ten Weeks at the Top for Anthony Zinno in 2015 POY

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  • No change at the top of either the GPI Player of the Year or overall rankings following a quiet tournament week.

  • Anthony Zinno tops GPI POY list for a 10th-straight week; two months as overall rankings leader for Jason Mercier.

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 9, 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-

After all of last week’s movement following the completion of the European Poker Tour Barcelona festival, the top of the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year leaderboard was completely quiet this week with the top 10 remaining identical from a week ago. That means Anthony Zinno remains the frontrunner for a 10th-straight week.

Looking down the list a bit, Thomas Marchese moved up from No. 43 to No. 30 and Michael Wang from No. 63 to No. 42 after both made relatively deep runs in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event where Marchese finished 16th and Wang seventh.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Jason Mercier4245.59-
2Byron Kaverman4203.09+1
3Anthony Zinno4003.40-1
4Scott Seiver3935.50-
5Nicholas Petrangelo3817.84-
6Paul Volpe3707.71-
7Davidi Kitai3601.95+3
8Stephen Chidwick3592.90-1
9Bryn Kenney3590.78-1
10Mustapha Kanit3580.03-1

Meanwhile in the overall GPI rankings there was a bit of movement among the top 10 while Jason Mercier kept the No. 1 position for an eighth-straight week.

Byron Kaverman (No. 2 this week) and Zinno (No. 3) swapped spots, while Davidi Kitai moved up from No. 10 to No. 7. Kitai’s previous highest-ranking has been No. 2, and he’s expressed before a desire to reach the top spot in the rankings.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
235Stan Jablonski1846.83
279Vojtech Ruzicka1737.10
290Randy Pfeifer1701.37
293Vitaly Lunkin1686.65
295Rob Wazwaz1685.91
297Emrah Cakmak1683.41

Last week there were 23 newcomers inside the GPI overall top 300, while this week there are just a half-dozen new names to report. Stan Jablonski is the highest-ranked of the six, having moved up after finishing fifth in that aforementioned WPT Legends of Poker event.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
235Stan Jablonski1846.83+169
295Rob Wazwaz1685.91+129
194JJ Liu1977.80+83
189Ray Qartomy1983.07+83
211Christopher de Maci1914.90+74

A move up from No. 404 to No. 235 made Jablonski the biggest gainer of the week among those inside the top 300.

Meanwhile a sixth-place showing by Rob Wazwaz at the Mid-States Poker Tour event at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin enabled him to move from No. 424 up to No. 295. See a discussion of a hand from the final table of that event, won by Dan Goepel, in the PokerNews Strategy section.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
294Anatoly Filatov1686.53-126
285Nicolas Chouity1724.17-67
256Ben Vinson1793.91-54
147Oliver Price2131.97-53
162Toby Lewis2083.88-51

Finally, among the players retaining their spots inside the GPI top 300, Anatoly Filatov fell the furthest, dropping from No. 168 to No. 294 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

The Heartland Poker Tour will be visiting the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada this week. Two more $25K buy-in ARIA High Roller events are happening on Friday and Saturday. And the Mid-States Poker Tour is back in action in Minnesota at Running Aces Harness Park.

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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