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Global Poker Index: Byron Kaverman Ends Jason Mercier’s Reign, Takes Over No. 1

Byron Kaverman


  • After many weeks in the top three, Byron Kaverman is this week's No. 1 in the overall Global Poker Index rankings.

  • Anthony Zinno remains the pace-setter for the 2015 GPI Player of the Year, with Kaverman in second position.

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 30, 2015.

2015 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Anthony Zinno4461.20-
2Byron Kaverman4292.41-
3Nicholas Petrangelo4076.11-
4Dzmitry Urbanovich3955.62-
5Connor Drinan3771.11-
6Scott Seiver3762.46-
7Jason Mercier3751.99-
8Paul Volpe3651.76-
9Joe Kuether3473.30+8
10Stephen Chidwick3473.17-1

Eight months down, four to go in 2015, and for the last three months-plus Anthony Zinno has enjoyed the lead in the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. Another relatively quiet week on the tournament circuit meant little movement at the top again, with Zinno retaining the No. 1 position in the POY race for a 13th-straight week.

There was one newcomer in the GPI POY top 10 this week as Joe Kuether jumped up from No. 17 to No. 8 after having finished third in the $3,500 buy-in, 1,027-entry World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open won by David Paredes.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Byron Kaverman4257.36+1
2Jason Mercier4200.41-1
3Anthony Zinno4006.18-
4Scott Seiver3920.19-
5Stephen Chidwick3749.82+2
6Nicholas Petrangelo3710.07-1
7Paul Volpe3699.56-1
8Dominik Nitsche3620.49-
9Martin Finger3607.46-
10Bryn Kenney3590.78+1

He’d been knocking on the door to the No. 1 overall GPI ranking for months, and finally it opened up for Byron Kaverman who this week ended Jason Mercier’s 10-week reign at the top to become the overall leader for the first time in his career.

Kaverman had been ranked in the overall top 10 every week since mid-February, and had been ranked either No. 2 or No. 3 for 10 of the last 14 weekly updates before finally breaking through to reach the top this week. The Ohioan has amassed nearly $5.9 million in tournament earnings since 2008, and is enjoying one of his best years as he also sits in second position currently behind Zinno in the 2015 GPI POY race.

The rest of the top 10 remains largely the same with some minor shuffling among the top players and Bryn Kenney rejoining the top 10 again after moving up one spot.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
153Andjelko Andrejevic2084.26
191James Gilbert1959.29
245Aaron Mermelstein1823.26
249Ben Heath1811.94
251Greg Merson1807.77
260David Paredes1791.10
266Oscar Alache1780.51
271Jean Gaspard1771.93
280David Stefanski1747.02
294Vineet Pahuja1715.39
300Steve Karp1702.56

There were 11 newcomers to the overall top 300 this week, with Andjelko Andrejevic the highest-ranked among that group. Andrejevic moved all of the way from No. 387 to No. 153 after putting together back-to-back final table performances, finishing seventh in the aforementioned WPT Borgata Main Event, then turning around and finishing third of 337 in the $3,500 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event last week.

As noted above, David Paredes won that WPT Borgata Main Event, and he returns to the top 300 this week for the first time since March 2015, having ascended from No. 585 to No. 260. Meanwhile Aaron Mermelstein won the WPT Maryland Live! Main Event, helping him move up from No. 450 to No. 245 to enter the GPI top 300 for the first time in his career.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
260David Paredes1791.10+325
153Andjelko Andrejevic2084.26+234
245Aaron Mermelstein1823.26+205
271Jean Gaspard1771.93+186
280David Stefanski1747.02+179

Those great recent performances by Paredes, Andrejevic, and Mermelstein in WPT events helped that trio claim the top three spots in this week’s “Biggest Gains” list. Greg Merson sits just outside this top five, having moved up from No. 409 to No. 251 this week after finishing fourth in that WPT Maryland Live! Main Event.

Also worth noting is the positive move of Mario Lopez who last week won his second Latin American Poker Tour title after topping a 267-entry field to take down the LAPT Uruguay Main Event.. Lopez, who also won the 3,292-player Estrellas Barcelona Main Event in August, moved up from No. 192 to No. 94 this week, his first time inside the overall GPI top 100.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
255Andrey Shatilov1875.00-64
187Frederik Jensen1711.37-62
276Marc-Andre Ladouceur1759.71-39
297Jussi Nevanlinna1972.99-35
231Anthony Gregg1796.54-34

Looking at players still inside the top 300 who fell the furthest over the last seven days, Andrey Shatilov tops this list after going from No. 191 to No. 255, with Frederik Jensen just behind him after going from No. 125 to No. 187. Jensen likely isn’t so concerned, however, after having just enjoyed a terrific World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars where he cashed five times including taking runner-up in the $10,300 8-Game Championship for $200K.

While we’re on the subject of drops in the rankings, a couple of former GPI top five players — Fabrice Soulier (ranked No. 304 this week) and Philipp Gruissem (ranked No. 346) — fell out of the top 300 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

The tournament schedule picks up again during the first week of October with the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana series getting underway, the Heartland Poker Tour visiting the Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room, and the ARIA Resort & Casino hosting a couple more $25K high rollers.

The United Kingdom Ireland Poker Tour has also touched down once more at the Isle of Man, where PokerNews’ live reporting team is on hand with start-to-finish coverage.

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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