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Global Poker Index: Justin Bonomo Jumps Out to Player of the Year Lead

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  • A fast start to the year enables Justin Bonomo to assume early lead in the @GPI 2018 POY race.

  • After a month Justin Bonomo leads 2018 @GPI POY race; last year's winner Adrian Mateos is No. 2.

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 January 31.

2018 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange From Last Week
1Justin Bonomo1047.729
2Adrian Mateos835.7211
3Yang Zhang768.717
4Christopher Kruk749.951
5Ben Yu710.82788
6Ari Engel707.773
7Jeffrey Trudeau705.326
8Stefan Schillhabel694.6920
9Vladimir Shabalin670.33513
10Neil Patel649.1749

It's a new year and that means a brand new Global Poker Index Player of the Year race is underway. Off to the fastest start during January was Justin Bonomo who has already collected five cashes in 2018 — including four final tables at which he finished first, second, third, and fourth — thereby helping him to assume the No. 1 position as February begins.

Bonomo's runner-up finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller at the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure won by Cary Katz gave Bonomo a huge $1,077,800 payday, and his victory in the $25,500 Lucky Hearts Poker Open High Roller a little over a week ago earned him another $556,873, pushing his lifetime tournament earnings over the $20M mark.

Meanwhile Adrian Mateos, the 2017 GPI Player of the Year, resumed his title defense with a strong January himself, moving up to No. 2 already thanks in part to his fourth-place finish in the 2018 PCA Main Event won by Maria Lampropulos.

Four cashes in the currently running 2018 Aussie Millions series have helped Yang Zhang move up to No. 3 in the early going. Three cashes and a win in the $25,000 High Roller in the Bahamas enabled Christopher Kruk to assume the GPI POY lead previously; he presently sits at No. 4. And four cashes at the aforementioned Lucky Hearts Poker Open series is why Ben Yu has moved up into the top 10 to No. 5.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange From Last Week
1Adrian Mateos3658.01-
2David Peters3277.36-
3Rainer Kempe3256.20+3
4Bryn Kenney3246.16-
5Koray Aldemir3238.42-
6Jason Koon3211.88+1
7Ari Engel3204.55-4
8Justin Bonomo3186.24+6
9Stephen Chidwick3182.40-1
10Stefan Schillhabel3140.03-1

While there's a brand new list to reflect the new POY rankings, the overall GPI leaderboard marches along as the calendar flips over. And the top of it looks just like it did before, with Adrian Mateos still the No. 1 ranked player in the world, extending his run as leader to 10 weeks in a row.

Former top-ranked player David Peters has moved up from No. 5 to No. 2 since we last looked in a month ago, while Bonomo has moved back up into the top 10 to sit at No. 8 this week.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
198Olivier Busquet1948.39
239Vineet Pahuja1849.91
247Robert Heidorn1838.02
254Walter Treccarichi1826.14
260Kyle Cartwright1811.46
263Josip Simunic1802.31
267Richard Kirsch1794.01
268Vincent Moscati1791.42
270Peter Eichhardt1791.21
282Jeremy Meacham1781.31
283Shannon Schorr1780.01
284Michael Tureniec1776.87
289Canlin Chen1766.44
290James Gilbert1766.39
292Vladimir Shabalin1765.52

Checking in to see what new names moved up into the GPI Top 300 since last week, a total of 15 players joined the list with Olivier Busquet the highest-ranked of the group at No. 198.

Busquet cashed three times at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to trigger his upward move. His highest-ever GPI ranking has been No. 5, achieved in November 2014.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
292Vladimir Shabalin1765.52+482
260Kyle Cartwright1811.46+273
198Olivier Busquet1948.39+169
239Vineet Pahuja1849.91+116
136Ben Yu2128.76+93

Busquet's improved position earned him a spot on the "Biggest Gains" of the week list, with Vladimir Shabalin the one having made the biggest move to join the GPI Top 300 for the first time at No. 292. Shabalin catapulted up the rankings after winning the World Series of Poker International Circuit Marrakech Main Event last week, topping a 486-entry field to earn a €118,182 first prize.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
297Thiago Crema De Macedo1757.63-54
193Martin Jacobson1961.62-38
291Anthony Ruberto1765.73-37
158Ludovic Geilich2070.12-35
215Sam Grafton1918.72-33
218Juha Helppi1908.83-33
251Rob Wazwaz1829.15-33

Finally, looking only at players with spots inside the current GPI Top 300, Thiago Crema De Macedo endured the steepest drop over the last seven days, nearly falling from the list after going from No. 243 to No. 297.

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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