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Global Poker Index: Kenney & Peters Lead, Koon & Kaverman Join Top 10

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  • Bryn Kenney (2017 POY) and David Peters (overall) remain atop the @GPI rankings this week.

  • Jason Koon makes his debut in the overall @GPI top 10; Byron Kaverman moves up as well.

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 1.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney1780.53-
2Mustapha Kanit1597.35-
3Byron Kaverman1257.50-
4Sergio Aido1175.05-
5Koray Aldemir1147.45+3
6Manig Loeser1121.64+18
7Roland Israelashivili1057.54-
8Park Yu Cheung958.34+2
9David Yan956.39-4
10Alan King Lun Lau931.71+128

Two months down here in 2017, and Bryn Kenney maintains the lead again this week in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race for a fourth-straight week.

The top four positions all stayed the same in the latest update, while Koray Aldemir moved up three spots after winning a $5,250 buy-in event at the World Poker Tour L.A. Classic last week. After his fast start to the year, Aldemir is currently ranked No. 15 in the overall GPI rankings (a career-high) and second among all German players, not far behind Fedor Holz (No. 13 overall).

New to the top 10 this week is another German player, Manig Loeser, who jumped from No. 24 to No. 6 after collecting two cashes at the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic, including a fifth-place finish in the Main Event won by Darren Elias for a record-tying third WPT title.

Also joining the list is Alan King Lun Lau of Hong Kong who earned three cashes at the Macau Poker Cup this month including two victories, one in a HK$10,000 buy-in tournament and another in a HK$15,000 event, enabling him to move all of the way from No. 138 to No. 10 on the POY list.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1David Peters3453.94-
2Bryn Kenney3255.49+1
3Nick Petrangelo3234.88-1
4Justin Bonomo3130.44-
5Adrian Mateos3089.31-
6Ankush Mandavia3065.68-
7Dan Smith2956.33+1
8Jason Koon2951.83+3
9Ari Engel2936.25+1
10Byron Kaverman2925.64+2

Turning to look at the GPI overall rankings, David Peters remains in first position for a second week running while Bryn Kenney edges up to No. 2 ahead of Nick Petrangelo.

Jason Koon is a new name on this list after elevating from No. 11 to No. 8. That marks a career-high ranking and first appearance in the overall top 10 for the winner of this year's $100,000 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller and over $8.2 million in live tournament earnings.

Former overall No. 1 and 2015 GPI Player of the Year Byron Kaverman has also pushed back onto the list after moving up from No. 12 to No. 10.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
151Phil Hui1922.51
180Alex Difelice1857.98
209Aditya Prasetyo1813.30
218Jared Jaffee1800.23
225Dan Wilson1781.15
226DJ MacKinnon1780.80
238Govert Metaal1763.01
248Kristen Bicknell1742.42
260Ben Yu1728.63
263Ryan Laplante1723.10
271Alexander Greenblatt1715.54
276Kevin Andriamahefa1704.04
278Dan Heimiller1694.26
280Nick Pupillo1692.71
286Piotr Franczak1684.88
287Riley Fuller1682.70
288Yung Hwang1677.35
289Cliff Josephy1677.24
290Benjamin Perez1676.00
292Jasper Meijer1673.40
293Antonio Esfandiari1673.12
295Alex Ziskin1668.47
296Kalidou Sow1667.95
298Tobias Hausen1663.75

There are a lot of newcomers to the overall top 300 this week — 24 of them — with Phil Hui the highest-ranked of the group. Hui moved from No. 315 to No. 151 (a career-high) after finishing fourth (and being part of a four-way chop) in last week's WPTDeepStacks Big Stax 1500 won by Jimmy Poper.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
225Dan Wilson1781.15+261
226DJ MacKinnon1780.80+258
276Kevin Andriamahefa1704.04+172
151Phil Hui1922.51+164
180Alex Difelice1857.98+144

Phil Hui makes it onto the "Biggest Gains" list this week, as does DJ MacKinnon who after finishing runner-up in that WPTDeepStacks Big Stax 1500 event went from No. 484 to No. 226.

The biggest gainer among those in the current top 300, however, was Dan Wilson who after making two final tables in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic went from No. 486 to No. 225.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
297Sergey Lebedev1666.80-186
232Ivan Luca1770.62-154
262Luis Antonio Duarte Ferre1723.93-148
264Upeshka De Silva1722.27-96
281Patrick Mahoney1690.97-93

Finally, again sticking only with players in the overall top 300, Sergey Lebedev suffered the steepest decline after slipping from No. 111 down to No. 297 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic culminates later today with the final table of the Main Event where Daniel Strelitz has the chip lead and WPT co-host Mike Sexton is among the final six.

Meanwhile the WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville series in Florida got going yesterday, the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov kicks off in the Czech Republic today, and the two-day Aria Super High Roller 16 happens this weekend.

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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