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Global Poker Index: Zinno and Kaverman Still on Top; Affleck Back in Top 300

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  • Byron Kaverman still leads Global Poker Index overall rankings as Anthony Zinno stays on top in the 2015 POY race.

  • After winning the 2015 Coco Poker Open in Florida, Matt Affleck is back in the Global Poker Index top 300.

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 October 7, 2015.

2015 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Anthony Zinno4461.20-
2Byron Kaverman4346.18-
3Nicholas Petrangelo4076.11-
4Dzmitry Urbanovich3955.62-
5Connor Drinan3771.11-
6Scott Seiver3762.46-
7Jason Mercier3751.99-
8Barry Hutter3681.94+10
9Paul Volpe3651.76-1
10Tom Marchese3634.75+6

It was another quiet week at the top of the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year leaderboard where Anthony Zinno enjoyed a 14th-straight week in first position and Byron Kaverman still just one small cash away from passing him.

Two players leaped up into the POY top 10 this week, including Barry Hutter who jumped from No. 18 to No. 8 after finishing runner-up in the $25,000 buy-in ARIA High Roller XV event last Thursday, then winning the $25K ARIA High Roller XVI the next day. Hutter earned nearly $420K between those two cashes while picking up about 700 GPI points as well to help him move upward on the list.

Tom Marchese also appears in this week’s top 10 after his fourth-place finish in the latter of those high rollers at the ARIA Resort & Casino.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Byron Kaverman4257.36-
2Jason Mercier4176.43-
3Anthony Zinno4006.18-
4Scott Seiver3920.19-
5Stephen Chidwick3733.29-
6Nicholas Petrangelo3710.07-
7Paul Volpe3699.56-
8Dominik Nitsche3620.49-
9Bryn Kenney3590.78+1
10Mustapha Kanit3580.03+1

Not a lot of movement to report at the top of the overall GPI rankings this week, either, where Kaverman enjoys a second week at the top after having taken over the top spot from Jason Mercier a week ago. Both Bryn Kenney and Mustapha Kanit moved up a single spot as Martin Finger slipped from No. 9 to No. 11.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
220Matt Affleck1903.39
277Chance Kornuth1744.91
299Filippo Lazzaretto1707.46

In what has to be one of the most stable weeks ever on the GPI, 297 of last week’s top 300 remained in the top 300 again this week, with just three newcomers making their way onto the list.

The highest-ranked of the trio is Matt Affleck who moved up from No. 384 all of the way to No. 220 after winning the $2,500 2015 Coco Poker Open this week at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek in Florida. Affleck topped a 410-entry field to win a handsome $264,000 first prize and move back up to his highest GPI ranking since July 2011.

Chance Kornuth finished 12th in that same tournament in Coconut Creek, helping him move from No. 394 to No. 277. And Filippo Lazzaretto’s third-place in the World Series of Poker Circuit Campione Main Event in Italy was enough to nudge him up from No. 312 to No. 299 to join the GPI top 300 for the first time in his career.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
220Matt Affleck1903.39+164
277Chance Kornuth1744.91+117
168Jean Gaspard2046.59+103
131Paul Tedeschi2202.44+55
226Eric Blair1888.28+32

That 2015 Coco Poker Open had the biggest impact on the “Biggest Gains” list this week with Affleck and Kornuth having made the largest leaps among those in the top 300 and Jean Gaspard — who finished runner-up to Affleck — third on the list. This marks the second week in a row Gaspard has appeared on this list as he also moved up considerably last time after final-tabling the World Poker Tour Borgata Main Event where he took ninth.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
286Timur Margolin1725.12-69
142Daniel Colman2143.12-41
198Richard Dubini1938.65-28
203Ludovic Geilich1932.87-28
235Ryan Van Sanford1870.02-22

Meanwhile among those falling the most while staying in the top 300, Timur Margolin suffered the biggest drop after going from No. 217 to No. 286, although no one fell that far after a not-too-busy seven days on the tournament poker circuit.

What to Expect Next Week

Things won’t be quiet this week, however, as the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe kicks off today at the Spielbank Casino in Berlin, Germany. The WSOPE schedule runs through October 24th and includes 10 gold bracelet events. Here’s the full schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 82 p.m.Event #1: Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em€2,200
Friday, Oct. 910 a.m.Event #2: "The Oktoberfest" No-Limit Hold'em 1a€550
Friday, Oct. 97 p.m.Event #2: "The Oktoberfest" No-Limit Hold'em 1b€550
Saturday, Oct. 1010 a.m.Event #2: "The Oktoberfest" No-Limit Hold'em 1c€550
Saturday, Oct. 107 p.m.Event #2: "The Oktoberfest" No-Limit Hold'em 1d€550
Sunday, Oct. 114 p.m.Event #3: Eight-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha€3,250
Monday, Oct. 124 p.m.Event #4: "Monster Stack" No-Limit Hold'em€1,650
Tuesday, Oct. 134 p.m.Event #5: Mixed Event€2,200
Wednesday, Oct. 144 p.m.Event #6: No-Limit Hold’em€3,250
Thursday, Oct. 154 p.m.Event #7: Pot-Limit Omaha€550
Friday, Oct. 164 p.m.Event #8: Turbo No-Limit Hold'em w/ Reentry 1a€1,100
Saturday, Oct. 1712 p.m.Event #8: Turbo No-Limit Hold'em w/ Reentry 1b€1,100
Sunday, Oct. 1812 p.m.Event #9: WSOP Europe Main Event 1a€10,450
Monday, Oct. 1912 p.m.Event #9: WSOP Europe Main Event 1b€10,450
Wednesday, Oct. 214 p.m.Event #10: High Roller€25,600
Thursday, Oct. 2212 p.m.WSOP Europe Main Event Day 4 (play to final table)--
Friday, Oct. 2312 p.m.High Roller Final Table--
Saturday, Oct. 2412 p.m.WSOP Europe Main Event Final Table--

With the help from our friends at 888Poker, PokerNews will be providing daily recaps, features, interviews, podcasts, and more throughout the 2015 WSOPE, all of which can be found on our WSOP mini site.

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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