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Global Poker Index: Jason Mercier Back on Top in Overall Rankings; Zinno Leads POY

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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 July 22, 2015.

2015 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Anthony Zinno4192.92-
2Connor Drinan3771.10-
3Scott Seiver3610.30-
4Byron Kaverman3510.54+4
5Dzmitry Urbanovich3380.70-1
6Stephen Chidwick3352.67-1
7Dominick Nitsche3300.78+6
8Nicholas Petrangelo3277.39+8
9Ivan Luca3128.45-3
10Joe Kuether3105.15-

With the 2015 World Series of Poker having concluded save the final table of the Main Event, the race for GPI Player of the Year was relatively less active over the past week, although there was some movement up top.

While Anthony Zinno remains the overall leader for 2015 POY for a third-straight week, Byron Kaverman moved up from No. 8 to No. 4 after finishing third in the 301-entry, $10,400 buy-in Bellagio Cup XI.

There were two newcomers into the top 10 this week as well, both of whom like Kaverman came close to winning that Bellagio event. Dominick Nitsche went from No. 13 to No. 6 after placing second in the Bellagio Cup XI, and Nicholas Petrangelo moved from No. 16 to No. 8 after taking fourth. Sean Winter won, incidentally — he currently sits at No. 106 in the POY race.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Jason Mercier4020.73+1
2Anthony Zinno3895.66-1
3Dan Smith3818.38-
4Scott Seiver3743.06-
5Stephen Chidwick3,671.91+1
6Davidi Kitai3615.34-1
7Byron Kaverman3598.36+3
8Dario Sammartino3587.71-1
9Bryn Kenney3575.82-1
10Paul Volpe3522.01-1

Zinno did not remain atop the overall GPI rankings this week, however, his two-week reign at the top having been stopped by new leader Jason Mercier. Both players had terrific summers at the World Series of Poker — each earning a bracelet along the way — to push up into the top two spots.

While Mercier has been consistently hovering inside the top 10 or close to it for most of the last two years, this marks his first time back at No. 1 since early September 2013.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
218Justin Young1871.54
250Eric Blair1788.96
255JJ Liu1781.06
269Eugene Todd1744.71
272Timur Margolin1739.26
280Mark Flowers1726.91
286Anthony Ruberto1707.17
294Oscar Alache1695.36
296Viet Van Vo1682.91

Just nine players entered the GPI Top 300 this week after a relatively quiet period, tournament-wise.

The Latin American Poker Tour Peru series did play out, where Oscar Alache — a two-time Main Event winner on the LAPT — final tabled the High Roller event, finishing fifth to earn some GPI points. Meanwhile Justin Young’s 15th-place showing in the $5,000 buy-in Deep Stack Extravaganza III at the Venetian earned him a boost all of the way from No. 301 to No. 218.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
272Timur Margolin1739.26+172
125Joe McKeehen2241.19+124
168Galen Hall2027.11+117
269Eugene Todd1744.71+88
218Justin Young1871.54+83

That move made Young one of the biggest gainers among those appearing in the GPI Top 300, a group topped by Timur Margolin thanks to his bounce upwards from No. 444 to No. 272 following his 11th-place finish in the Bellagio Cup XI.

Also moving upwards this week in the overall rankings is current World Series of Poker Main Event chip leader Joseph McKeehen who jumped from No. 249 to No. 125. Just as McKeehen and the other November Niners have already been awarded ninth-place money for making the final table, they’ve also earned GPI points equivalent to a ninth-place finish, and it was the adding of those that helped McKeehen’s upward move.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
291Jason Ryan Helder1697.82-61
293Tamer Kamel1695.65-59
177Ivan Soshnikov2001.84-47
287Darren Rabinowitz1704.37-45
258Giacomo Fundaro1777.61-36

Meanwhile among players falling in the overall GPI rankings this week yet retaining spots inside the Top 300, Jason Ryan Helder fell the furthest, going from No. 230 to No. 291.

What to Expect Next Week

The Brazilian Series of Poker touches down in Sao Paulo, Brazil this week, giving players attending that event chances to earn GPI points. Looking ahead, the week after that come a couple of other big events — the 2015 WSOP National Championship at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina and the World Poker Tour Choctaw event at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Oklahoma.

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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  • UK's Stephen Chidwick up to fifth in the worldwide Global Poker Index

  • Jason Mercier climbs one place and is now number one in the world

  • Anthony Zinno still leads the 2015 Player of the Year race

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