Global Poker Index: Bryn Kenney Takes Both Overall and POY Leads

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 August 23.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney3284.93+3
2Koray Aldemir2992.49+3
3Dario Sammartino2928.47-2
4Nick Petrangelo2881.97-2
5Dan Smith2841.98-2
6Sergio Aido2809.01-
7Pete Chen2747.89+10
8David Peters2745.14-
9Ari Engel2713.64-2
10Manig Loeser2654.66+4

Bryn Kenney had been leading the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year Race for most of the first half of the year, enjoying a 21-week run at the top until Nick Petrangelo took over the lead in July, then Dario Sammartino surged ahead to claim the No. 1 spot for the last five weeks.

This week Kenney is once again the frontrunner in the POY race, having moved back up on the strength of a couple of final tables in the PokerStars Championship Barcelona series. Kenney finished seventh in the €50,000 Super High Roller won by Igor Kurganov on Monday. He followed that a couple of days later with a runner-up to Stephen Chidwick in the single-day €25,500 NL Hold'em 8-Handed Single Re-Entry event.

Koray Aldemir took third in the Super High Roller, helping him move from No. 5 to No. 2 while Sammartino slipped back to third. Pete Chen has also picked up a couple of cashes in Barcelona to jump from No. 17 to No. 7, and Manig Loeser earned one as well to help him go from No. 14 to No. 10.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney3415.63+5
2David Peters3314.49-
3Nick Petrangelo3297.95-2
4Justin Bonomo3230.84-1
5Adrian Mateos3213.65-
6Ari Engel3186.97-2
7Stephen Chidwick3152.44+12
8Dan Smith3140.81-1
9Ankush Mandavia3051.68-1
10Steve O'Dwyer3036.14-1

There's been a change at the top of the overall GPI rankings as well. On the strength of those two final tables in Barcelona, Kenney has moved from No. 6 to No. 1, taking the overall lead away from Petrangelo who last week marked 20 weeks in a row on top.

Fedor Holz started 2017 in No. 1 position in the overall rankings for a 30th-straight week, then David Peters took over for one week before Petrangelo claimed the top spot the next five. Peters got back in front for six more weeks after that, then from the start of April onward, Petrangelo was No. 1 until Kenney's surge to the top. Kenney had been close many times before, but this marks his first week at No. 1 in the overall rankings.

Chidwick also moved up the overall list, going from No. 19 to No. 7 after his win in that €25,500 Single-Day High Roller. Chidwick's previous career-high ranking has been No. 3 (in January 2015).

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
169Bart Lybaert2040.58
220Oleksii Khoroshenin1942.12
230Goran Mandic1925.51
231Ramin Hajiyev1924.95
248Jared Jaffee1896.41
268Hui Chen-Kuo1866.48
276Chad Eveslage1847.82
280Guiseppe Pantaleo1844.39
281Jeff Gross1842.95
283Jerry Wong1841.10
284Joe Serock1839.63
286Zhaoxing Wang1836.94
291Kully Sidhu1826.83
292Alexander Condon1826.64
298Apostolos Bechrakis1822.51

Thanks largely to all of the action in Barcelona there were 15 new names joining the overall GPI Top 300. Bart Lybaert is the highest-ranked of this group after moving up from No. 310 to No. 169. The Belgian took third of 4,557 entries in the massive €1,100 PokerStars National Championship in Barcelona won by Pedro Cairat.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
230Goran Mandic1925.51+300
220Oleksii Khoroshenin1942.12+267
231Ramin Hajiyev1924.95+188
127Isaac Haxton2153.20+162
169Bart Lybaert2040.58+141

Of all the players in the current GPI Top 300, Goran Mandic enjoyed the largest leap up the rankings, going from No. 530 to No. 230 after his big victory in the €10,300 NL Hold'em 8-Handed event. Mandic topped a 166-entry field to win the trophy and a €374,400 first prize, a career-high tournament score for the Croatian.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
253Pavel Plesuv1889.34-125
290Vojtech Ruzicka1826.95-101
203Samuel Chartier1982.56-88
296Josip Simunic1823.07-76
240Bryan Yoon1908.63-74

Finally, considering only players ranked in this week's GPI Top 300, Pavel Plesuv took the biggest tumble after slipping from No. 128 to No. 253.

What to Expect Next Week

The PokerStars Championship Barcelona continues through the weekend with the €10,300 High Roller and €5,300 Main Event highlighting the schedule. Remember PokerNews is on hand at the Casino Barcelona with its live reporting team providing live updates, chip counts, photos, videos and more.

Meanwhile the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker series is still ongoing at the Bicycle Casino in California, the WSOP Circuit is at Foxwoods in Connecticut, and the Mid-States Poker Tour South Dakota series is happening in Sioux Falls.

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.

  • @BrynKenney moves up to No. 1 in both the @GPI overall rankings and 2017 Player of the Year race.

  • Bryn Kenney, Stephen Chidwick, Bart Lybaert among big @GPI big movers after success at #PSCBarcelona.

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