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Global Poker Index: Anthony Zinno Zooms Up, Just Behind Steve O’Dwyer for GPI Lead

  • Martin HarrisMartin Harris
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  • Steve O'Dwyer stays on top in the @GPI overall rankings for a 19th-straight week.

  • Former @GPI leader Anthony Zinno jumps up to No. 2 this week to challenge for the overall lead.

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 May 18, 2016.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Steve O’Dwyer4329.51-
2Anthony Zinno4197.65+2
3Bryn Kenney4194.70-1
4Fedor Holz4092.19-1
5Nick Petrangelo3989.70+1
6Jason Mercier3983.97-1
7Dominik Nitsche3877.86-
8Tom Marchese3775.18+1
9Erik Seidel3744.50-1
10David Peters3740.25-

Make it 19 straight weeks for Steve O’Dwyer at the top of the overall Global Poker Index rankings, although sitting right behind him in second position is the hard-charging Anthony Zinno who looks to regain the top spot he occupied briefly for two weeks back in July 2015.

Zinno came close to earning an incredible fourth World Poker Tour title at the WPT Amsterdam Main Event in Holland this week, finishing third in the event eventually won by Andjelko Andrejevic. That helped Zinno move up from No. 4 to No. 2 in the rankings, putting him just one more decent cash away from taking the lead from O’Dwyer.

The rest of the top 10 saw little movement during an otherwise quiet week on the tournament trail, with just a few trading positions amid small shuffling. Indeed, the top 50 remained in relative stasis for the week, exceptions being former No. 1 Ole Schemion’s move from No. 49 to No. 39 following his strong European Poker Tour Grand Final (including a win in the €100,000 Super High Roller), and Andrejevic stepping up from No. 52 to No. 42, a new GPI peak for the Floridian.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
243Diego Zeiter1808.84
288Oscar Alache1704.77
289Anton Wigg1703.06
294Weiyi Zhang1685.19
295Wael Sarkis1684.73
299Jean Gaspard1678.63

There were just six new names appearing in this week’s GPI top 300, most coming in right at the bottom of the list. Diego Zeiter is the highest-ranked of the half-dozen, having finished fifth in the in the €6,000 WPT Amsterdam High Roller won by Robert Soogea to move up in the rankings and enter the top 300 for the first time in the Swiss player’s career.

Also debuting in the top 300 this week is China’s Weiyi Zhang who cashed three times at the EPT Grand Final — all final tables — including winning a €1,100 NLHE side event.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
243Diego Zeiter1808.84+94
159Juha Helppi2104.23+79
151Senh Man Ung2146.42+46
253Anton Wigg1779.97+44
108Atanas Kavrakov2389.64+32

Zeiter also enjoys the distinction of being this week’s biggest gainer among the GPI’s top 300 players, having jumped from No. 337 to No. 243. Juha Helppi took fourth in that same WPT Amsterdam High Roller event to make the jump from No. 238 to No. 159.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
284Max Pescatori1706.68-72
223Jeff Madsen1854.46-47
191Dimitar Danchev1965.00-41
160Jussi Nevanlinna2098.19-36
270Louis Salter1742.10-35

Finally, checking in on those making the biggest drops among the GPI top 300, Max Pescatori fell the furthest this week after dipping from No. 212 to No. 284.

What to Expect Next Week

There’s action at the Parx Casino with the Parx Casino Big Stx XVI series while the Heartland Poker Tour is at the Hollywood Casino in Charlestown, West Virginia and the World Series of Poker Circuit vists Harrah’s New Orleans.

Meanwhile the Eureka Poker Tour is in Bucharest, Romania this week, which along with the Italian Series of Poker stopping in Nova Gorica, Slovenia highlights the tournament action in Europe.

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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