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Global Poker Index: Bryn Kenney Remains POY Leader Post-Panama

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  • Many players moved up after #PSCPanama, but Bryn Kenney remains the 2017 @GPI POY leader.

  • Michael Del Vecchio, Ari Engel & Sergey Lebedev among upward movers this week in the @GPI.

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 March 22.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney2101.11-
2Mustapha Kanit1810.12+1
3Sergio Aido1784.14-1
4Koray Aldemir1631.78-
5Byron Kaverman1498.96+2
6Ari Engel1423.12+15
7Dylan Wilkerson1377.82-1
8Ben Heath1359.91-3
9Michael Del Vecchio1277.00+40
10Daniel Dvoress1236.21+10

Bryn Kenney managed to run the gauntlet of the just completed PokerStars Championship Panama festival and retain his hold on the top spot in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. In fact, Kenney added to his lead after making one final table in a $5,200 NL hold'em side event in Panama as he enjoys a seventh-straight week in the lead.

Mustapha Kanit also earned a cash in Panama, taking third in the $25,500 Single-Day High Roller won by Stephen Chidwick to enable Kanit to move up into second position on the POY leaderboard.

Others used success in Panama to move up the POY list. Ari Engel went from No. 21 to No. 6 this week after cashing twice in Panama, including winning a $1,100 NL 6-max. side event. And Daniel Dvoress finished runner-up in two events, including the $50,000 Super High Roller won by Ben Tollerene, helping him go from No. 20 to No. 10.

Finally Michael Del Vecchio jumps onto the list as well, having catapulted from No. 49 to No. 9 this week after winning the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event in California.

By the way, looking down the list a bit Dzmitry Urbanovich has moved up in a big way, going from No. 225 to No. 24 after picking up four cashes in Panama side events, including two final tables and a victory in a $2,200 NL hold'em event.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1David Peters3457.98-
2Nick Petrangelo3234.88-
3Bryn Kenney3203.87-
4Justin Bonomo3171.55-
5Samuel Panzica3137.55-
6Rainer Kempe3132.51-
7Adrian Mateos3093.96-
8Ankush Mandavia3014.76+1
9Byron Kaverman2977.68+4
10Ari Engel2967.99-

Meanwhile the top of the overall GPI rankings were relatively stable this week with the top seven spots all remaining unchanged and David Peters continuing to sit at No. 1 for a fifth week in a row.

Byron Kaverman made the official final table of the $5,300 PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event won by Kenneth Smaron, going out in eighth place. Points from that finish helped him move back into the overall top 10, going from No. 13 to No. 9

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
157Sergey Lebedev1966.04
165Alex Keating1946.84
181Sorel Mizzi1899.73
199Chris Hunichen1858.25
201Thiago Nishijima1854.79
217Pablo Gordillo1825.03
222Michael Del Vecchio1818.50
234Rafael Moraes1801.43
240David Levi1786.24
247Michael Telker1774.86
284Liv Boeree1707.68
294David Lopez Llacer1687.34
298Stoyan Obreshkov1677.57

After last week's tournament action there were 13 players who earned enough points to jump onto the overall GPI top 300, most of whom did so at that aforementioned PokerStars Championship Panama series. Sergey Lebedev is the highest-ranked of this baker's dozen, having gone all of the way from No. 304 to No. 157 after cashing in both the Main Event and High Roller in Panama, finishing ninth in the latter.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
199Chris Hunichen1858.25+547
240David Levi1786.24+346
222Michael Del Vecchio1818.50+241
181Sorel Mizzi1899.73+200
247Michael Telker1774.86+179

Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen was the biggest gainer of the week among those in the top 300, going from No. 746 to No. 199 after having a huge series in Panama where he cashed five times, including one runner-up and three fourth-place finishes with one of those fourths coming in the series-concluding $10,300 High Roller won by Steve O'Dwyer.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
281Scott Clements1712.05-55
108John Racener2108.26-51
241Alexander Lynskey1783.35-51
219Benjamin Winsor1823.74-49
289Joshua Turner1697.25-40

As far as the "biggest drops" go — looking only at players remaining in the GPI top 300 — Scott Clements fell the furthest (although not that far) after going from No. 226 to No. 281 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Series of Poker Circuit is both in Los Angeles this week at the Bicycle Casino and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown continues in Florida, and the Foxwoods Poker Classic is underway in Connecticut.

Meanwhile the partypoker Million is playing out at the Sochi Casino and Resort in Russia, and the WSOP International Circuit Rozvadov is cranking up in the Czech Republic.

To view the 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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