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Global Poker Index: Sergio Aido Surges, Bryn Kenney Still Leads POY

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  • Sergio Aido moves into second behind Bryn Kenney in the 2017 @GPI Player of the Year race.

  • David Peters remains the overall @GPI leader; Samuel Panzica makes a big move into the top 10.

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 15.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney1974.95-
2Sergio Aido1632.96+3
3Mustapha Kanit1597.35-1
4Koray Aldemir1387.42+2
5Ben Heath1359.91-1
6Dylan Wilkerson1315.73+9
7Byron Kaverman1257.50-4
8Nadya Magnus1196.08+1
9Park Yu Cheung1164.99+2
10Roland Israelashvili1151.97-3

Bryn Kenney remains the frontrunner in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race, making it six weeks at the top for him. Others are coming on, however, including Sergio Aido who moved up from No. 5 to No. 2 this week after finishing seventh in the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event won by Samuel Panzica.

Dylan Wilkerson moved up from No. 15 to No. 6 following his win in the World Series of Poker Circuit Los Angeles event at the Bicycle Casino. Park Yu Cheung also moved up a couple of notches to No. 9 after picking up three cashes in the Asia Championship of Poker Platinum Series in Macau.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1David Peters3457.98-
2Nick Petrangelo3234.88-
3Bryn Kenney3203.87-
4Justin Bonomo3171.55-
5Samuel Panzica3171.24+20
6Rainer Kempe3132.51+6
7Adrian Mateos3093.96-2
8Dan Smith2965.04-1
9Ankush Mandavia2963.93-3
10Ari Engel2962.34-1

David Peters remains the overall GPI leader for a fourth-straight week, with the top four all remaining the same since the last update.

Samuel Panzica, meanwhile, catapulted from No. 25 to No. 5 thanks to points gained from his big WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star victory, good for a $1.373 million cash. It's Panzica's first time inside the overall top 10 and highest-career GPI ranking to date. Rainer Kempe also jumped onto this week's list, going from No. 12 to No. 6 after finishing sixth in that same WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
161David "Chino" Rheem1948.37
199Dan O'Brien1847.92
227Alexandru Papazian1794.36
238Eduards Kudrjavcevs1776.16
257Jeremy Joseph1744.41
267Alan King Lun Lau1724.41
272William Givens1719.94
284Gerald Karlic1696.11
286Konstantin Puchkov1688.76
300Jared Griener1669.35

There are 10 new names in this week's GPI top 300, with David "Chino" Rheem the highest-ranked of the group after jumping up from No. 452 to No. 161. Rheem also made a deep run in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star where he finished third.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
227Alexandru Papazian1794.36+339
161David "Chino" Rheem1948.37+291
58Anthony Spinella2326.16+150
141Kevin MacPhee2014.33+137
238Eduards Kudrjavcevs1776.16+125

Rheem's WPT Bay 101 finish made him the second biggest gainer of the week among players in the top 300, with Alexandru Papazian topping the list after moving all of the way from No. 566 to No. 227. Papazian had deep runs in both the Main Event and High Roller at the recent Western Tournament series in Cyprus to enable his upward move.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
229Rob Wazwaz1793.99-62
98Alexander Rocha2136.70-47
175Xiaxiang Luo1901.00-42
234Vlad Darie1783.47-42
196Weiyi Zhang1850.92-34

Finally, among those still in the GPI top 300, Rob Wazwaz fell the furthest, going from No. 167 to No. 229 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

The PokerStars Championship Panama series is now well underway, with results from Panama City sure to affect the rankings next week. Remember, PokerNews is on the scene at PSC Panama with live updates, chip counts, photos, videos and more from all of the major events.

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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