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Global Poker Index: Five Weeks at Top for Steve O’Dwyer; Barry Hutter Makes a Move

Steve O'Dwyer


  • Steve O'Dwyer remains the highest-ranked tournament player for a 5th straight week, says the @GPI.

  • Barry Hutter nears the overall @GPI top 10 after two deep runs in ARIA High Roller events.

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 February 10, 2016.

GPI Player of the Year

We continue to await the first list of 2016 telling us where things stand with the new Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. The GPI uses a player’s best 13 results (in terms of GPI POY points earned) from January 1 to December 31. Click here to read more about the factors considered by the GPI when calculating scores for the GPI POY.

While we wait on the GPI POY, let’s look in on the overall rankings once again.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Steve O’Dwyer4271.23-
2Byron Kaverman4236.76-
3Jason Mercier4121.90-
4Nick Petrangelo4030.13-
5Anthony Zinno3968.10-
6Bryn Kenney3887.44-
7Fedor Holz3849.42-
8David Peters3738.01-
9Stephen Chidwick3732.39-
10Connor Drinan3689.09-

It’s a holding pattern, so to speak, for the players leading the overall Global Poker Index rankings where the top 10 remained unchanged from a week ago. As a result Steve O’Dwyer continues sit on top of the list much like the increasingly popular Steve O’Dwyer card protectors are sitting on top of more and more players’ hole cards. (Read more about those in “Steve O’Dwyer’s Clay Poker Dolls are Real and Here to Stay.”)

This makes five weeks at No. 1 for O’Dwyer who stays just ahead of Byron Kaverman from whom he took over the lead to start the year.

Meanwhile just outside of the top 10 sits Barry Hutter who made a move from No. 24 to No. 11 after finishing runner-up in both of the $25,000 ARIA High Roller events last weekend. Dan Shak (currently ranked No. 352) won the first of those last Friday, while Justin Bonomo (currently at No. 47) took the one on Saturday.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
203Matthew Wantman1904.95
257Rex Clinkscales1771.14
277David Paredes1705.78
293Alexander Greenblatt1664.30
297Mario Sanchez1656.11
298Greg Merson1655.34

There are just six new names in this week’s GPI top 300, with Matthew Wantman the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 309 to No. 207. A sixth-place finish at the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event won by Chris Leong was the highlight of Wantman’s week, helping him achieve his highest career GPI ranking.

Also making his career debut in the GPI top 300 is Rex Clinkscales who moved from No. 327 to No. 257 after cashing three times at the Borgata, including winning a side event.

Greg Merson, winner of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event, also returns to the top 300 this week. Merson’s highest-career GPI ranking has been No. 63, achieved in November 2012.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
277David Paredes1705.78+168
125Anthony Gregg2247.50+133
203Matthew Wantman1904.95+106
293Alexander Greenblatt1664.30+90
257Rex Clinkscales1771.14+70

The newcomers to this week’s top 300 mostly make up the biggest gainers this week as well, with David Paredes topping the list. Paredes moved up from No. 445 to No. 277 after finishing 20th in the aforementioned WPT Borgata Winter Open Main Event.

Also part of this group is Anthony Gregg who stormed up from No. 258 to No. 125. Gregg followed up his runner-up finish in the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventurewon by Mike Watson — by cashing in the WPT Borgata Main, then adding a third-place finish in one of those ARIA High Roller events last weekend.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
263Roman Korenev1745.25-60
287David “ODB” Baker1682.87-42
174Tom Hall2044.74-40
248Vineet Pahuja1796.10-32
291Tobias Peters1672.30-30

Finally, among players retaining spots inside the GPI top 300, Roman Korenev fell the furthest after slipping from No. 203 to No. 263.

What to Expect Next Week

Among the tourney highlights this week, the WPT L.A. Poker Classic series is marching along all month at the Commerce Casino in California while the WSOP Circuit West Palm Beach series continues at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida.

Meanwhile the European Poker Tour is back in action this week with the EPT Dublin festival having already gotten underway. Stick close to PokerNews for coverage from Ireland starting tomorrow with live updates, photos, videos and more from the €25,750 High Roller, the €10,200 Single-Day High Roller, the €10,300 High Roller, and of course the €5,300 Main Event.

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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