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Global Poker Index: Anthony Zinno Takes Over the Top Spot on the GPI

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Anthony Zinno


  • Deservedly so, Anthony Zinno climbs to the top of the Global Poker Index.

  • WPT Player of the Year is the number one player in the world.

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.

Top 10 as of July 8, 2015

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Anthony Zinno3,896.39+7
2Dan Smith3,819.75-1
3Bryn Kenney3,696.06-
4Ole Schemion3,686.11-
5Davidi Kitai3,637.94-
6Stephen Chidwick3,608.95+1
7Dario Sammartino3,587.71+3
8Jason Mercier3,580.89+1
9Sorel Mizzi3,437.77+3
10Byron Kaverman3,424.43-8

Making his debut atop the GPI rankings is Anthony Zinno, who capped off his excellent 2015 World Series of Poker with his first bracelet in Event #60: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller for $1,122,196. All told, Zinno finished the summer with five final tables made and three of those count toward his Period 1 slate, going along with his two WPT wins in March.

Meanwhile, Byron Kaverman slipped from No. 2 to No. 10 after his 123rd place-finish in the 2014 WSOP Main Event aged into Period 3.

Biggest Gains Within the Top 100

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
+51Christian Harder2,483.6584
+43Matt Glantz2,367.3294
+38Shaun Deeb2,366.4195
+30Ismael Bojang2,920.2539
+19Jeff Madsen2,679.362

Christian Harder shot into the top 100 this week, thanks to his fourth-place finish in Event #60: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller for $322,998.

Biggest Drops Within the Top 100

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
-33Martin Jacobson2,624.1372
-16Brian Hastings2,632.3169
-14Ariel Celestino2,374.4592
-12Erik Seidel2,748.0652
-12Jeremy Ausmus2,597.6475
-12Phil Hellmuth2,362.3697

Reigning WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson had the biggest fall within the top 100 this week as his Main Event win aged into Period 3. It's been a year since the start of the 2014 Main Event and that is when the tournament is being counted for being completed, not in November.

Biggest Gains Overall

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
+293David Chiu1,679.34284
+148Rocco Palumbo1,728.61266
+141Juha Helppi2,050.14161
+123Vojtech Ruzicka1,764.37248
+111Brock Parker1,904.96192
+103Phillip Hui1,772.67239
+97Brandon Shack-Harris1,653.47295
+88Eli Elezra1,765.96245

David Chiu shot up the rankings this week to the tune of 294 places. Chiu added two scores to his Period 1 slate with a 13th-place showing in the aforementioned Event #60: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller and a 9th-place result in Event #67: $10,000 Six-Max Dealer's Choice.

Biggest Drops Overall

Change in RankPlayerTotal ScoreCurrent Rank
-90Isaac Baron1,895.34195
-82Jorryt van Hoof1,730.79265
-82Felix Stephenen1,773.09264
-81Andrey Zaichenko1,859.55205
-80Griffin Benger1,727.53267
-71Ben Yu1,777.34237
-69Scott Baumstein1,704.37274
-61Miltiadis Kyriakides1,667.75290
-53Antonio Esfandiari1,721.78269

The biggest drop this week was Isaac Baron, falling 90 places after his third-place finish in the 2014 PCA Main Event aged into Period 4.

The next two biggest drops belonged to 2014 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Jorryt van Hoof and runner-up Felix Stephenen, due to the 2014 Main Event aging into Period 3.

What to Expect Next Week

With the 2015 WSOP Main Event in full swing, players who cash have a big opportunity to make some waves in the GPI rankings. However, it most likely wont be heavily reflected in the GPI for two weeks.

To view both the 2015 Player of the Year and 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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