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Global Poker Index: Peters Retakes Overall Lead, Kenney Ahead in 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 February 22.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney1780.53-
2Mustapha Kanit1597.35-
3Byron Kaverman1257.50-
4Sergio Aido1175.05+918
6Dan Colman915.02+30
7Roland Israelashivili907.58+5
8Koray Aldemir865.65+40
9Nacho Barbero864.31+153
10Park Yu Cheung846.72+263

Last week we were reporting how the newest update of the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings showed zero change among the entire top 10. This week presents a different story, with a lot of big moves shaking up much of the list while Bryn Kenney remains the POY leader for a third week running.

Sergio Aido vaulted all of the way from the lower reaches of the top 1,000 to No. 4 after enjoying success both in Macau and the Philippines. Aido cashed twice in the Macau Poker Cup, including winning the HK$100,000 High Roller, then added two more final tables at the Triton Super High Roller Series including a runner-up finish to Koray Aldemir in the HK$1,000,000 Main Event — a finish that helped Aldemir jump from No. 48 to No. 8 to join the list as well.

Dan Colman also made a move up from No. 36 to No. 6 thanks to winning the HK$250,000 6-Max Event, outlasting Erik Seidel heads-up to claim the victory. Nacho Barbero went from No. 162 to No. 9 after three cashes at the latest Brazilian Series of Poker in Punta del Este. And Park Yu Cheung cashed five times in the Macau Poker Cup series, including winning a HK$50,000 event, to move from No. 273 all of the way to No. 10.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1David Peters3499.71+1
2Nick Petrangelo3398.16-1
3Bryn Kenney3325.49+1
4Justin Bonomo3130.44+1
5Adrian Mateos3106.30+1
6Ankush Mandavia3077.48+1
7Fedor Holz3050.96-4
8Dan Smith3007.59+1
9Jack Salter2986.94-1
10Ari Engel2970.37-

Meanwhile this week's GPI overall rankings feature the same top 10 players as last week, although nearly all of them have moved up or down. Most notably, David Peters snuck back into the No. 1 spot, reclaiming the lead after Nick Petrangelo's five weeks on top.

Peters didn't pick up any cashes over the last seven days, but Petrangelo lost a few points from his total thanks to the GPI's Aging Factor affecting his score, causing him to slip. Same story for Fedor Holz who went from No. 3 to No. 7, enabling others to inch upwards in the rankings.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
151Daniel Colman1953.18
190Zo Karim1869.63
221Peter Vitantonio1812.47
226Guo Dong1794.57
231Dan O'Brien1786.22
253Park Yu Chueng1743.99
255Chris Moorman1742.39
267Vincent Delgado1723.50
268Luc Greenwood1722.66
274Lee Wai Kiat1717.10
276David Prociak1715.87
281Raminder Singh1707.26
284Matthew Wakeman1704.43
288Austin Peck1700.45
292Ihar Soika1690.53
293Reginald Roberts1685.66
294Thiago Nishijima1683.38
296Andrey Shatilov1682.51
297William Davies1681.40
299Natasha Mercier1679.79
300Garrett Greer1679.03

No less than 21 new names appear in this week's GPI top 300, with Daniel Colman the highest-ranked newcomer after moving up from No. 318 to No. 151 following his big Triton win.

Zo Karim comes in at No. 190 this week, up from No. 311 after having finished fifth in the 787-entry Heartland Poker Tour Golden Gates Casino Main Event won by Lance "Cord" Garcia.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
231Dan O'Brien1786.22+254
281Raminder Singh1707.26+229
221Peter Vitantonio1812.47+228
253Park Yu Chueng1743.99+222
151Daniel Colman1953.18+167

Dan O'Brien earns the distinction this week as the biggest gainer (among those appearing in the top 300). O'Brien went from No. 485 to No. 231 after finishing second in that aforementioned Heartland Poker Tour Golden Gates Main Event won by Cord Garcia.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
285Andreas Freund1703.82-124
234Matas Cimbolas1781.62-113
283Michael Wong1704.54-73
238Josip Simunic1770.32-71
122Samuel Chartier2060.19-68

Finally, looking only at players still remaining in the top 300, Andreas Freund slipped the furthest since last week after falling from No. 161 to No. 285.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic continues this week where Phil Hellmuth won a side event and Billy Baxter chopped another. The Main Event gets started at the Commerce Casino on Saturday. WPTDeepStacks series continue as well at both bestbet Jacksonville in Florida and the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania.

Today also sees the start of the 2017 Unibet Open London Main Event where PokerNews is on hand providing live updates, chip counts, photos, and more.

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.

  • David Peters moves back on top in the @GPI overall rankings, retaking lead from Nick Petrangelo.

  • Big scores by Sergio Aido, Daniel Colman and Koray Aldemir help each move into the @GPI POY Top 10.

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