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Global Poker Index: Kenney, Petrangelo Lead, Moorman Moves Up

Chris Moorman

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 June 21.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney2840.97-
2Nick Petrangelo2741.39-
3Koray Aldemir2673.73+3
4Sergio Aido2616.19-1
5David Peters2511.81+2
6Ari Engel2478.79-2
7Adrian Mateos2466.55+3
8Daniel Dvoress2430.71-3
9Manig Loeser2340.79-1
10Byron Kaverman2301.98-1

They're about halfway through the 2017 World Series of Poker, and despite not picking up any cashes Bryn Kenney continues to hold onto the No. 1 position in the Global Poker Index 2017 Player of the Year race, remaining on top for a 20th week running.

Since the last update, Koray Aldemir won one $25,000 buy-in ARIA High Roller and finished second in another, enabling him to move up three spots to No. 3. David Peters was the winner of that other one, giving him enough POY points to move up to No. 7.

Meanwhile Adrian Mateoswinner of the Event #15: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship — picked up a couple more WSOP cashes to help him also move up three spots to No. 7.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Nick Petrangelo3530.55-
2Justin Bonomo3432.03+1
3David Peters3388.23-1
4Fedor Holz3265.07+2
5Ari Engel3233.71+3
6Dan Smith3229.59+1
7Steve O'Dwyer3218.54+2
8Adrian Mateos3200.21-4
9Bryn Kenney3142.76-4
10Jason Mercier3008.26+1

With small moves occurring up and down the rest of the top 10 of the GPI overall rankings, Nick Petrangelo continues to remain the No. 1-ranked tournament player in the world for a 12th-straight week.

Justin Bonomo has three WSOP cashes thus far this summer, and this week moved up another spot into the No. 2 position. That marks Bonomo's highest-career ranking thus far.

Jason Mercier rejoined the top 10 this week after a fifth-place finish in the Event #30: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship won by David Bach, Mercier's fourth WSOP cash of the summer.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
157Chris Moorman2023.00
189Eddy Sabat1955.63
192Samuel Phillips1941.56
201Jason Les1918.34
227David "ODB" Baker1851.98
231Mihails Morozovs1847.20
232Nicholas Palma1844.36
235Matt Salsberg1841.28
246Michael Mizrachi1822.55
250Brian Yoon1816.77
251Ian O'Hara1816.56
259Patrick Mahoney1804.18
262Jesse Yaginuma1802.31
269Joseph Cheong1792.85
271Justin Young1792.54
275Georgios Sotiropoulos1789.39
278Morten Mortensen1783.81
281Scott Margereson1779.93
284Joey Weissman1777.04
293Wael Sarkis1766.14
298Bart Lybaert1761.58
299Dan O'Brien1760.78

Once again thanks to the WSOP there was a lot of movement throughout the overall rankings, with 22 players moving up to join the Top 300 this week.

Fresh off winning his first career WSOP bracelet in Event #27: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed, Chris Moorman is the highest-ranked of this big group after jumping all of the way from No. 374 to No. 157. The 888Poker Ambassador's highest career-ranking in the GPI was No. 8 back in December 2011.

Eddy Sabat has three cashes including one final table at the WSOP, helping him go from No. 328 to No. 189 this week. And Samuel Phillips elevated from No. 304 to No. 192 after grabbing a second WSOP cash of the summer.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
259Patrick Mahoney1804.18+400
275Georgios Sotiropoulos1789.39+273
246Michael Mizrachi1822.55+248
157Chris Moorman2023.00+217
201Jason Les1918.34+217

Topping the list of biggest gainers this week (looking solely at those inside the GPI Top 300) is Patrick Mahoney who catapulted from No. 659 to No. 259 after picking up four cashes thus far in the WSOP.

Georgios Sotiropoulos has four cashes at the series as well, including a sixth-place finish in Event #33: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em won by Christopher Frank.

Michael Mizrachi likewise has cashed four times so far this summer at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, helping him move up from No. 494 to No. 246.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
255Viliyan Petleshkov1809.46-111
249Paul Newey1818.16-94
300Oleksii Khoroshenin1760.23-90
194Jean-Pascal Savard1930.85-82
247Roland Israelashvili1821.82-79

Finally, Viliyan Petleshkov fell the furthest this week — again, only looking at those still in the GPI Top 300 — after dropping from No. 144 to No. 255.

What to Expect Next Week

The 2017 World Series of Poker continues in full swing for another week, with the PokerNews live reporting team on hand to provide live updates, chip counts, photos, videos and more from each of the 74 bracelet events. If you haven't already, bookmark our WSOP landing page for quick access to all the coverage.

Also happening this week is the $565 buy-in WPT500 Las Vegas. The first of seven Day 1 starting flights for the $1 million guaranteed event kicks off next Monday, with the final table coming July 5.

For a rundown of the many other tournaments currently happening in Las Vegas, see our compilation of "Best Poker Tournaments in Las Vegas 2017."

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.

  • Bryn Kenney still leads the @GPI 2017 POY race, and Nick Petrangelo remains No. 1 overall.

  • Chris Moorman made a big upward move in the @GPI this week, while Justin Bonomo is now at No. 2.

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