Global Poker Index: Nick Petrangelo Takes POY Lead, Still Tops Overall

Nick Petrangelo

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 July 5.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Nick Petrangelo2881.97+1
2Bryn Kenney2840.97-1
3Sergio Aido2676.10+1
4Koray Aldemir2673.73-1
5Ari Engel2652.80+1
6David Peters2607.62-1
7Adrian Mateos2466.55-
8Dario Sammartino2461.79+4
9Pete Chen2453.11+12
10Daniel Dvoress2430.71-2

Breaking news — there's been a change at the top in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. Nick Petrangelo has inched up into the No. 1 spot, wrestling away the lead Bryn Kenney had enjoyed for the previous 21 weeks in a row.

Petrangelo started the summer by cashing in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop at the 2017 World Series of Poker, and with another recent cash in a Deepstack Extravaganza event at the Venetian he earned more points to edge ahead of Kenney.

Sergio Aido (No. 3) and Koray Aldemir (No. 4) likewise swapped spots in the POY standings this week, as did Ari Engel (No. 5) and David Peters (No. 6), while Dario Sammartino — who took third in that High Roller for One Drop won by Doug Polk — moved up from No. 12 to No. 8 after picking up his sixth cash of the WSOP.

Also new to the POY Top 10 this week is Pete Chen who jumped from No. 21 to No. 9 after a runner-up finish in Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em won by Andres Korn.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Nick Petrangelo3483.52-
2David Peters3313.89-
3Ari Engel3255.61+2
4Fedor Holz3239.59-
5Steve O'Dwyer3206.48+1
6Adrian Mateos3205.01+1
7Dan Smith3147.71+1
8Justin Bonomo3133.85-5
9Bryn Kenney3128.34-
10Joe McKeehen3093.32+1

Petrangelo also maintains his lead in the overall rankings this week, the 14th in a row he has been at No. 1.

Ari Engel moved from No. 5 to No. 3 this week, matching his career-high GPI ranking achieved once before in January of this year.

There were other small shuffles up and down the Top 10, with 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe McKeehen moving up a spot to join the list at No. 10 — also his highest career GPI ranking. McKeehen has six cashes at the 2017 WSOP, including a victory in the Event #38: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for which he collected his second career WSOP bracelet.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
156Tobias Peters2065.53
188Scott Clements1980.70
191Ray Qartomy1977.29
195Ihar Soika1972.30
198Asi Moshe1968.91
208Andrey Pateychuk1953.11
210Dan Wilson1951.28
218Andres Korn1935.58
230James Gilbert1913.23
231Uri Reichenstein1910.00
235Konstantin Puchkov1898.10
250Chris Klodnicki1868.35
253Stoyan Obreshkov1867.11
255Martin Kabrhel1865.51
257Javier Zarco1861.07
258Jason Les1859.43
260Jerry Ödeen1854.38
268Jens Lakemeier1842.70
278Michael Tureniec1829.84
280Jiri Horak1828.35
282Matt Glantz1821.25
286Daniel Sindelar1816.12
289Dan Heimilleri1815.12
295Simon Lam1803.74

Meanwhile there was a lot of turnover in the lower half of the GPI Top 300 since the last update with 24 new players joining the list.

Tobias Peters is the highest-ranked of the newcomers after moving up from No. 304 to No. 156. Peters collected a couple of cashes during the last week at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, including a fourth-place finish in Event #50: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em BOUNTY won by Chris Bolek.

Scott Clements also managed a fourth-place finish in the Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship won by Tommy Le, helping him make a big move up from No. 622 to No. 188.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
188Scott Clements1980.70+434
218Andres Korn1935.58+325
257Javier Zarco1861.07+322
195Ihar Soika1972.30+304
268Jens Lakemeier1842.70+274

That move made Clements the biggest gainer for the week among players in the GPI Top 300. Next on this list is Andres Korn who went from No. 543 to No. 218 following his big win in the aforementioned Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em.

Another bracelet winner making a big gain this week was Jens Lakemeier, winner of Event #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix. Last week Lakemeier was one spot ahead of Korn at No. 542, but now is up to No. 268

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
232Shaun Deeb1908.42-94
216Mark Herm1941.04-64
186Daniel Negreanu1982.25-58
220Antoine Saout1933.23-57
215Marc MacDonnell1943.13-55

Finally, considering only players in the current GPI Top 300, Shaun Deeb slipped the furthest since the last update after going from No. 138 to No. 232.

What to Expect Next Week

There are still several bracelet events left to go in the 2017 World Series of Poker, with the big one — Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT.

The PokerNews live reporting team continues to provide wall-to-wall coverage from the WSOP, including live updates, chip counts, photos, videos and more from each of the 74 bracelet events. Start at our WSOP landing page and click around to follow along.

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.

  • Nick Petrangelo is now No. 1 in both the @GPI overall rankings and the 2017 Player of the Year race.

  • After Bryn Kenney's 21-week run leading the @GPI 2017 POY race, Nick Petrangelo is the new No. 1.

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