Global Poker Index: Macau Success Helps Nick Petrangelo Reclaim Top Spot
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 April 5.
2017 GPI Player of the Year
It's the same story at the very top of the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year leaderboard for another week as the latest update keeps Bryn Kenney at No. 1 for a ninth week running. Sitting in second position, Mustapha Kanit has closed the gap a little after notching a cash in a side event at the ongoing PokerStars Championship Macau series.
With a bit of shuffling the rest of the top 10 remains largely the same aside from a couple of new entries.
Manig Loeser jumped from No. 18 to No. 8 this week after taking third place in the HK$400,000 Super High Roller at PSC Macau won by Steve O'Dwyer.
Meanwhile Nick Petrangelo has managed two runner-up finsishes in Macau over recent days, one in a 94-entry HK$82,400 NL event and the other in a 50-entry HK$206,000 NL event won by Quan Zhou. Those finishes netted Petrangelo enough points to bound all of the way from No. 98 to No. 10 in the POY standings.
GPI 300 Top 10
Those two deep runs for Petrangelo mean he's moved back on top of the overall GPI rankings as well, ending the six-week reign of David Peters as leader. Petrangelo returns to No. 1 after having last been on top in February. Most impressively, Petrangelo has been ranked in the GPI top 10 for 85 straight weeks, dating back to August 2015.
A couple of other former GPI leaders made moves as well thanks to success in Macau, namely the aformentioned O'Dwyer (last No. 1 in June 2016) and Fedor Holz (last No. 1 in early January).
O'Dwyer's victory in that PokerStars Championship Macau Super High Roller followed closely on the heels of his victory in the PokerStars Championship Panama High Roller last month, with both wins helping him move up from No. 18 to No. 8. Holz was the runner-up in the Macau SHR at the City of Dreams, helping him go from No. 17 to No. 4.
Welcome to the GPI Top 300
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Eight players moved up enough this week to enter the GPI top 300, with Michael Addamo the highest-ranked of the group. Addamo went all of the way from No. 314 to No. 140 after picking up a big win in that $HK82,400 NL event at PSC Macau in which Petrangelo took second. Addamo is now the second-highest ranked Australian in the GPI rankings behind James Obst (at No. 75).
Marvin Rettenmaier, a former GPI No. 1 (most recently in October 2013), returns to the top 300 this week as well. All of the others on this list are top 300 returnees as well aside from Romain Lewis who is making his top 300 debut at No. 294.
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Addamo's upward move represented the biggest gain of anyone in this week's GPI top 300. Both James Chen and Guillaume Diaz used cashes in Macau to manage their moves upward, while Ariel Celestino's scores in Brazil and Panama have helped him back onto the list. And Faraz Jaka is among the many collecting cashes and GPI points in Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.
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Finally, looking only at those still in the GPI top 300, Anthony Gregg endured the steepest drop since last week after going from No. 197 to No. 257.
What to Expect Next Week
Results from the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series will certainly be reflected in next week's GPI update, as will more from the PokerStars Championship Macau series where the PokerNews live reporting team continues to bring live updates, hand reports, chip counts, photos, videos and more from all of the big events at the City of Dreams.
Don't forget also the 2017 Western New York Poker Challenge is in action. PokerNews is there as well with coverage of several events including the Main Event beginning Friday.