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Global Poker Index: Nick Petrangelo Gaining on POY Leader Bryn Kenney

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  • Bryn Kenney still leads @GPI POY race, but Nick Petrangelo has narrowed his lead as the #WSOP begins.

  • Michal Mrakeš, Simon Deadman and #WSOP bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva moving up in @GPI rankings.

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 June 7.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney2840.97-
2Nick Petrangelo2741.39-
3Ari Engel2478.79-
4Sergio Aido2463.57-
5Daniel Dvoress2430.71-
6Byron Kaverman2301.98+3
7Manig Loeser2262.69-1
8Koray Aldemir2176.14-1
9Mustapha Kanit2109.57-1
10Andreas Klatt2011.05+2

The first results from the 2017 World Series of Poker have yet to have too big of an effect on the top of the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year leaderboard, although Bryn Kenney — No. 1 now for 18 straight weeks — has already seen his lead reduced.

Nick Petrangelo sits at No. 2 again this week, but cut Kenney's points lead from 270 to just under 100 thanks to Petrangelo having added just over 170 points to his total after a 17th-place finish and cash in Event #6: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop won by Doug Polk.

Byron Kaverman took 12th in the High Roller for One Drop, following a fifth-place finish just a few days before in the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl won by Christoph Vogelsang. Those two finishes helped Kaverman move up from No. 9 to No. 6 in the POY race.

Meanwhile Andreas Klatt climbs a couple of spots to join the list at No. 10 after already picking up a couple of WSOP cashes. Klatt comes to Vegas not long after his victory in the PokerStars National Championship at the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® as well as his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo Main Event won by Raffaele Sorrentino.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Nick Petrangelo3501.07-
2David Peters3447.17-
3Justin Bonomo3420.30-
4Fedor Holz3365.98-
5Bryn Kenney3337.60-
6Ari Engel3230.15-
7Adrian Mateos3157.11+1
8Jason Mercier3156.73-1
9Steve O'Dwyer3116.71-
10Jason Koon3105.62-

The overall rankings have also yet to reflect big changes caused by WSOP results, with the top 10 remaining mostly steady since the last update and Nick Petrangelo remaining in the top spot for what is now 10 weeks running.

Adrian Mateos picked up a cash in the DeepStack Extravaganza series at the Venetian to kick off the month, giving him a few points to move to No. 7 and switch spots with Jason Mercier now at No. 8.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
188Michal Mrakeš1894.05
203Simon Deadman1867.02
245Jean Gaspard1798.02
252Jonas Lauck1788.55
253Andre Akkari1786.87
263Dimitar Danchev1774.93
278Maxim Panyak1754.31
281Massoud Eskandari1747.06
286Rex Clinkscales1738.86
290Thiago Nishijima1733.68
295Atanas Kavrakov1731.15
297Allen Kessler1726.82
298Andrey Kotelnikov1726.05
299Randy Ohel1725.91

While the top of the GPI overall rankings remained steady since last week, there was a lot of movement up and down the Top 300 including 14 new names entering the list.

Michal Mrakeš is the highest-ranked newcomer this week, having jumped from No. 321 to No. 188 after winning the partypoker LIVE MILLION Germany €1,100 Main Event. Meanwhile Simon Deadman moved from No. 325 to No. 203 after recently winning the $600 Ultimate Goliath Stack at Planet Hollywood, topping a 397-entry field to win $54,993.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
299Randy Ohel1725.91+256
88Upeshka De Silva2196.54+207
252Jonas Lauck1788.55+138
188Michal Mrakeš1894.05+133
203Simon Deadman1867.02+122

Looking at players in the GPI Top 300 who made the most dramatic gains since the last update, Randy Ohel jumped from No. 555 to No. 299 after getting off to a fast start in the 2017 WSOP, picking up three cashes in the first nine events.

Also of note, Upeshka De Silva actually topped the "Biggest Drops" list a week ago after slipping from No. 182 to No. 295. But this week De Silva bounds all of the way back up to No. 88 after earning his second career WSOP bracelet by winning Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
220Farid Jattin1839.94-118
293Amos Ben1731.79-87
217Salvatore Dicarlo1843.28-73
275Enso Del Piero1761.35-64
198Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira1873.94-62

Finally, this week's list of players in the Top 300 who have slipped the most in the last seven days is headed by Farid Jattin who went from No. 102 to No. 220.

What to Expect Next Week

The 2017 World Series of Poker remains front and center this week with multiple tournaments ongoing every day — much as will be the case all of the way through to the $10,000 Main Event in July.

Remember, the PokerNews live reporting team is the WSOP's official provider of live updates this year, so bookmark our WSOP landing page for quick access to all the hand reports, chip counts, photos, videos and more from each and every WSOP event.

There are tons of other tournaments happening all over Las Vegas as well this summer. Check out our compilation of "Best Poker Tournaments in Las Vegas 2017" for a full calendar of events happening in the city in addition to the festivities at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

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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