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Global Poker Index: Bryn Kenney Still King of Both POY and Overall Rankings

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  • Make it seven weeks running for @BrynKenney atop the @GPI overall rankings and 2017 POY race.

  • Joe Serock and Ian O'Hara among the big gainers in the latest Global Poker Index overall rankings.

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 October 4.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange From Last Week
1Bryn Kenney3440.32-
2Koray Aldemir3167.07-
3Nick Petrangelo3058.14-
4Dan Smith2948.77-
5Dario Sammartino2928.47-
6Sergio Aido2830.89-
7DJ Alexander2784.01-
8Anthony Spinella2783.99-
9Pete Chen2781.40-
10Stephen Chidwick2778.51-

Things have remained stable at the top of the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings over recent weeks, with Bryn Kenney remaining the top-ranked player of the year again after the last update. That makes seven weeks running in the top spot for Kenney.

Indeed the entire Top 10 remained the same from a week ago. DJ Alexander catapulted into the top 10 in early September after a fourth-place showing in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event, and inched up a few more spots to No. 7 over the course of the last month. He cashed in another WPT Main this week, finishing 20th in the WPT Maryland Live! Main Event (the results of which are not yet reflected in the rankings).

Of course you probably heard Art Papyzan won both of those WPT titles, having won WPT Legends in late August, then last night outlasted a 561-entry field to take down WPT Maryland Live! as well.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange From Last Week
1Bryn Kenney3485.66-
2Nick Petrangelo3371.51-
3David Peters3265.88-
4Justin Bonomo3254.93-
5Adrian Mateos3206.33-
6Stephen Chidwick3177.54-
7Dan Smith3121.06+1
8Ari Engel3108.63-1
9Koray Aldemir3078.43-
10Dario Sammartino3030.67+4

The overal GPI rankings have remained steady over the last three weeks as well with little movement up at the top. There, too, Bryn Kenney continues to be No. 1, also for a seventh-straight week.

Within the overall Top 10, No. 7 Dan Smith and No. 8 Ari Engel swapped positions. Meanwhile Dario Sammartino moved back into the Top 10 this week after going from No. 14 to No. 10.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
201Joe Serock2001.47
234Ian O’Hara1947.83
248John Monnette1926.75
253David Eldridge1918.42
255Ivan Deyra1916.45
267Morten Mortensen1901.93
269Jason Gooch1897.67
295Ray Henson1843.38
296Anton Astapau1838.78
299Robert Hankins1836.26

There are 10 new names in the overall GPI Top 300 since the last update a week ago, with Joe Serock the highest-ranked of this group after jumping from No. 357 to No. 201. Serock’s upward move came following his victory in the 2017 Wynn Fall Classic European Open - Special Edition, a $1,100 event in which he bested a 673-entry field.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
201Joe Serock2001.47+156
234Ian O’Hara1947.83+117
186Chad Eveslage2044.90+101
248John Monnette1926.75+96
139Jordan Cristos2139.77+75

Serock’s gain was the biggest over the past week of anyone in the current GPI Top 300. Ian O’Hara also made a big move from No. 351 to No. 234 after following up a victory in late August at Isle Casino Pampano Park with a runner-up finish in the $3,250 buy-in World Series of Poker Circuit Seminole Hard Rock High Roller won by Anton Wigg this week.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
266Alex Difelice1902.09-77
158Mustapha Kanit2095.05-55
274Lander Lijo1887.91-43
282Andre Akkari1871.97-43
198Esther Taylor2010.16-41

Finally Alex Difelice slipped the furthest this week among players still inside the Top 300 after going from No. 189 to No. 266.

Keep an eye on that aforementioned Poker Masters series as well, where it looks as though the fields will be plenty big to qualify for GPI points and therefore affect both the 2017 POY race and overall rankings.

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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