Global Poker Index: Kenney, Peters Keep Setting the Pace

David Peters (left) and Bryn Kenney (right)

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 29.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney2101.11-
2Mustapha Kanit1810.12-
3Sergio Aido1784.14-
4Koray Aldemir1631.78-
5Ari Engel1604.24+1
6Byron Kaverman1498.96-1
7Dylan Wilkerson1377.82-
8Ben Heath1359.91-
9Michael Del Vecchio1277.00-
10Daniel Dvoress1236.21-

A quiet week tournament-wise means there was little change at the top of the leaderboard in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. Bryn Kenney remains the frontrunner for an eighth week in a row while all of the players kept their spots inside the top 10 since the last update.

The only change was Ari Engel inching up a spot to No. 5 after earning points for a couple of cashes in the recently completed World Series of Poker Circuit Tulsa series, including one in the Main Event won by Will Berry.

Looking down the list a bit for more dramatic movement to report, Salvatore Dicarlo jumped all of the way from No 105 to No. 22 this week after picking up three cashes himself at that WSOP-C series at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, including winning one side event. Will Berry also got a big boost from his Main Event win and three other cashes there, going from No. 177 to No. 30 in the POY rankings.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1David Peters3440.99-
2Bryn Kenney3226.57+1
3Nick Petrangelo3218.26-1
4Justin Bonomo3171.55-
5Samuel Panzica3137.18-
6Rainer Kempe3132.51-
7Adrian Mateos3092.63-
8Ankush Mandavia3014.76-
9Dan Smith2990.68+2
10Byron Kaverman2975.79-1

David Peters retained his hold on the top spot in the overall rankings as well, making it six weeks at No. 1 for him while Bryn Kenney edged up into second position ahead of Nick Petrangelo. Joining the top 10 this week is former overall leader Dan Smith who went from No. 11 to No. 9 after the usual weekly adjustments caused by players' results getting affected by the Aging Factor.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
201Will Berry1855.97
256Brian Green1750.43
280Phong Nguyen1716.29
289Alexander Denisov1706.36
294Ouassini Mansouri1696.03
295Wael Sarkis1694.30
300Jeremy Meacham1683.42

There are only seven new names in the overall GPI top 300 this week, with aforementioned WSOP-C Tulsa Main Event winner Will Berry the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 417 to No. 201.

Tulsa is also where Brian Green cashed four times, earning enough GPI points to move from No. 352 to No. 256 and return to the top 300. Green's previous career peak ranking was No. 127 in May 2015.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
201Will Berry1855.97+216
143Salvatore Dicarlo2001.16+96
256Brian Green1750.43+96
289Alexander Denisov1706.36+79
294Ouassini Mansouri1696.03+65

Will Berry's leap up the rankings represented the biggest gain of anyone in this week's overall GPI top 300, with Salvatore Dicarlo and Brian Green tied for the next biggest upward move.

Alexander Denisov went from No. 368 to No. 289 after cashing five times during the partypoker Million Sochi festival in Russia, including a couple of final tables. And Ouassini Mansouri finished second in the Marrakech Poker Open in Morocco to Moises Parilla-Ramos, enabling Mansouri to move from No. 359 to No. 294 and make his career debut in the top 300.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
281Enzo Del Piero1715.54-67
278Peter Vitantonio1717.36-50
163Ludovic Geilich1953.10-41
192Jeff Gross1868.60-41
267Frederik Jensen1737.27-31

Finally, only considering players in the current top 300, Enzo Del Piero suffered the steepest drop this week after going from No. 214 to No. 281.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Series of Poker Circuit Los Angeles series wraps up at the Bicycle Casino tomorrow. Meanwhile the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series is well underway in Florida and the Foxwoods Poker Classic is ongoing in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Over in Europe the Irish Poker Open Festival is drawing eyes this week while the WSOP International Circuit Rozvadov series is also playing out in the Czech Republic.

And don't forget over in Asia where the PokerStars Championship Macau series is already underway. The live reporting team from PokerNews is on their way now, and starting Saturday will be bringing live updates, hand reports, chip counts, photos, videos and more from all of the big events at the City of Dreams. Be sure to follow all of the coverage right here on PokerNews.

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.

  • Three months in and Bryn Kenney continues to lead the 2017 @GPI Player of the Year race.

  • David Peters is the overall @GPI leader for a sixth week in a row; Will Berry among upward movers.

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