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Global Poker Index: O’Dwyer Extends Reign to Three Months at No. 1

Steve O'Dwyer (center)

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 March 30, 2016.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Steve O’Dwyer4413.41-
2Byron Kaverman4207.92-
3Bryn Kenney4064.73-
4Jason Mercier4034.73-
5Connor Drinan3975.62-
6Dominik Nitsche3973.18-
7Fedor Holz3878.63+1
8Nick Petrangelo3832.54-1
9Anthony Zinno3756.48-
10Stephen Chidwick3755.39-

Another relatively quiet week of tournament poker meant little change near the top of the Global Poker Index overall rankings and Steve O’Dwyer enjoying a 12th-straight week as the No. 1 ranked player.

Fedor Holz and Nick Petrangelo swapped spots to be this week’s No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, representing the only movement among the top 10 players.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
247Anthony Ruberto1775.41
271Xixiang Luo1733.63
281Andy Frankenberger1721.48
285David Stefanski1706.37
292Goran Mandic1693.79
296Geoff Mooney1679.26
300Ka Wong1673.74

There were only seven new names joining this week’s top 300, with Anthony Ruberto being the highest-ranked among this group after moving up from No. 340 to No. 247.

A fifth-place showing in the World Poker Tour Foxwoods Poker Classic Main Event last week enabled Ruberto to make that climb. Andrew Kaplan and David Stefanski ultimately chopped that event at heads-up, with Stefanski using the finish to move up from No. 432 to No. 285 this week.

Looking at the other newcomers, Xixiang Luo debuts inside the top 300, having gone from No. 381 to No. 271 after winning an HK$5,500 event at the Asia Championship of Poker in Macau last week. Geoff Mooney also cashed a couple of times at the ACOP, helping him move all of the way from No. 723 to No. 296 to appear in the top 300 for the first time in his career.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
296Geoff Mooney1679.26+427
285David Stefanski1706.37+147
271Xixiang Luo1733.63+110
247Anthony Ruberto1775.41+93
281Andy Frankenberger1721.48+73

That jump made Mooney the biggest gainer of the week among those in the top 300, with Stefanski, Luo, and Ruberto also making this list.

Also on this list is Andy Frankenberger who jumped back into the overall top 300 as well, going from No. 354 to No. 281 after cashing in 16th place at the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Main Event eventually won by Robert Kuhn. Frankenberger’s previous high ranking in the GPI has been No. 41 (in October 2012).

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
288Piotr Franczak1699.27-107
272Gerald Karlic1732.78-51
215Ihar Soika1858.33-45
252Maxim Panyak1768.07-44

Looking only at those inside this week’s top 300, Piotr Franczak endured the biggest drop after falling from No. 181 to No. 288.

Meanwhile, the seven players dropping out of the top 300 this week were Vasili Firsau (now at No. 309), Noah Bronstein (No. 310), Oleksii Khoroshenin (No. 321), John Holley (No. 323), Simon Naydenov (No. 349), Pascal Hartmann (No. 379), and Frederik Jensen (No. 392).

What to Expect Next Week

The World Series of Poker Circuit Los Angeles festival at the Bicycle Casino — where Antonio Esfandiari topped Jamie Gold heads-up to win the Main Event — is just wrapping up, while the WSOP Circuit Baltimore series has already gotten going at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.

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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  • Steve O'Dwyer remains atop the Global Poker Index rankings for a 12th-straight week.

  • United Kingdom's Stephen Chidwick is 10th in the Global Poker Index rankings.

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