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Global Poker Index: Bryn Kenney Widens POY Lead With Super High Roller Win

Bryn Kenney

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 3.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney2840.97-
2Ari Engel2208.79-
3Sergio Aido2205.52+1
4Koray Aldemir2176.14+4
5Mustapha Kanit2109.57-2
6Byron Kaverman2108.44-1
7Manig Loeser2062.09-1
8Daniel Dvoress2057.71+6
9Nick Petrangelo1846.19-2
10Steve O'Dwyer1627.96+61

You might have heard how Bryn Kenney helped kick off the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® by winning the 61-entry €100,000 Super High Roller for a huge €1,784,500 first prize.

Already leading the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race before that win, Kenney extended his lead over the chase pack considerably as he sits comfortably at No. 1 for a 13th-straight week.

Others doing well in Monaco have edged up the POY list as well. Sergio Aido went from No. 4 to No. 3 thanks to a couple of cashes in the Salle des Etoiles at the Sporting Club in Monaco. Koray Aldemir took third place in the €10,300 Opening Eight Max event won by Ole Schemion, enabling Aldemir to move from No. 8 to No. 4.

Daniel Dvoress has had a terrific series as well, making three high roller final tables (so far). He finished third in the €100K won by Kenney, took runner-up in the €50,000 Eight Max Shot Clock event won by Adrian Mateos, and finished seventh in the €25,500 Eight Max Shot Clock event won by Philipp Gruissem. Dvoress cashed in the €5,300 Main Event as well, and has thus moved from No. 14 to No. 8 in the latest GPI POY update.

Finally, Steve O'Dwyer made a big leap from No. 71 to No. 10 to join the POY Top 10 this week after making three final tables of his own in the €10,300 Opening Eight Max (finishing fourth), the €50K Eight Max (finishing sixth), and the €25,500 Eight Max (finishing second).

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Nick Petrangelo3525.80-
2David Peters3488.16-
3Bryn Kenney3371.22+1
4Fedor Holz3217.30+1
5Justin Bonomo3213.32-2
6Jason Mercier3150.27+7
7Adrian Mateos3147.51+2
8Steve O'Dwyer3133.19-
9Rainer Kempe3103.74-3
10Jason Koon3090.34+2

There was some movement as well this week in the overall GPI rankings to report. Nick Petrangelo retained his lead for a fifth week in a row. He's cashed a couple of times as well in Monaco, going deep in the €50K (fifth) and €25,500 (ninth) Eight Max Shot Clock events.

Kenney moved up a spot to No. 3 after his big Super High Roller win. Fedor Holzwho spoke with PokerNews this week about the importance of reflection in poker — took fourth in the €50K and won another side event at PSC Monte-Carlo, helping him move up from No. 5 to No 4.

Former GPI leader Jason Mercier has a couple of Monaco cashes as well, and he's moved up from No. 13 to No. 6, while €50K Eight Max Shot Clock winner Adrian Mateos also improved from No. 9 to No. 7.

Jason Koon, meanwhile, isn't in Monaco, but edged into the Top 10 this week thanks to recent cashes and others' movements in the rankings.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
134Mike Watson2032.81
169Moritz Dietrich1930.20
205Reginald Roberts1866.69
231Gerald Karlic1823.36
236Thomas Muehloecker1817.27
241Iaron Lightbourne1810.69
246Jake Cody1804.07
258Mikhail Korotkikh1790.20
262Andrew Chen1782.54
273Enzo Del Piero1765.31
289David Vamplew1743.54
294Ouassni Mansouri1734.48
299Dejuante Alexander1729.85

There are 13 new names in this week's GPI Top 300, with Mike Watson the highest-ranked of the group after moving all of the way from No. 452 to No. 134 since the last update. Watson has three cashes at PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo, and is now less than $20K away from cracking the $10 million-mark in lifetime career tournament earnings.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
134Mike Watson2032.81+318
169Moritz Dietrich1930.20+239
205Reginald Roberts1866.69+214
258Mikhail Korotkikh1790.20+177
123Pete Chen2066.99+144

Watson's big upward move puts him at the top of the "Biggest Gains" list among those in this week's Top 300, with Mortiz Dietrich next in line after elevating from No. 408 to No.169.

Looking at others on this list, Reginald Roberts finished runner-up in a Poker Night in America Tour event in Choctaw, Mikhail Korotkikh also took second in the PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo National High Roller won by Jack Salter, and Pete Chen won the World Poker Tour Beijing Main Event.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
240Stefan Jedlicka1811.55-139
281Simon Deadman1756.47-115
257Sam Soverel1792.98-106
282Oliver Weis1755.50-103
247Dmitry Yurasov1802.96-94

Finally, Stefan Jedlicka fell the furthest since a week ago (looking only at players who remained in the Top 300) after going from No. 101 to No. 240.

What to Expect Next Week

The Playground Poker Spring Classic is well underway at the Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec, as is the Spring Poker Open at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in New Jersey. WPT Amsterdam 2017 also gets started tomorrow at the Holland Casino in the Netherlands.

And, of course, there are still a couple of days' worth of action left to go in the PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo series, with both the €25,750 High Roller and €5,300 Main Event left to complete. Stick close to PokerNews for live updates, photos, videos and more from Monaco.

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.

  • Bryn Kenney adds to his @GPI Player of the Year lead after his #PSCMonteCarlo Super High Roller win.

  • Nick Petrangelo still leads the overall @GPI as results from #PSCMonteCarlo affect the rankings.

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