Every time he thinks he’s out, they pull him back in. Fedor Holz reappears in the GPI Top 10 just one month after we declared him gone for good. During Holz’s absence, it’s been Justin Bonomo tearing up the Super High Roller circuit to make it a three-way race for first.

Bryn Kenney is now the consensus leader for both the Card Player and GPI Player of the Year race, but the two leaderboards don’t agree on much else at the moment.

Online, we’re back to seeing a Swede in the pole position, as “lena900” catches up with “SixthSenSe19,” a chase that has been going on for quite a few months now.

Global Poker Index

About the rankings: The GPI World Poker Rankings rates the top players in the world according to a system which awards points for tournament cashes based on buy-in, field size and finish position. Tournaments over the past three years are considered, but the weight accorded to older results diminishes with time.

Current Top 10

#1 Nick Petrangelo – 3,587.81 pts. (#2 last month)
#2 David Peters – 3,444.17 pts. (#1 last month)
#3 Justin Bonomo – 3,324,11 pts. (#4 last month)
#4 Bryn Kenney – 3,253.71 pts. (#3 last month)
#5 Fedor Holz – 3,188.36 pts. (NEW)
#6 Rainer Kempe – 3,132.51 pts. (NEW)
#7 Steve O’Dwyer – 3,102.98 pts. (NEW)
#8 Samuel Panzica – 3,093.72 pts. (NEW)
#9 Adrian Mateos – 3,092.63 pts. (#5 last month)
#10 Ari Engel – 3,060.87 pts. (#9 last month)


Ankush Mandavia (#6 -> #14)
Dan Smith (#7 -> #11)
Jason Koon (#8 -> #12)
Jake Schindler (#10 -> #16)

With spring here and summer approaching, the live tournament scene is starting to pick up once again. As a result, there’s been significant movement in the rankings. Nick Petrangelo and David Peters continue to duel for the top spot, and for the moment it’s the former who’s ahead, having managed a trio of final tables at the PokerStars Championship at the City of Dreams Casino in Macau.

Justin Bonomo has likewise displaced Bryn Kenney to take third, continuing to run hot in Super High-Rollers on this side of the Pacific. Fedor Holz took second in the Super High Roller at the City of Dreams, while his countryman Rainer Kempe has joined him in the top 10 with a third-place finish in a $50,000 buy-in event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Steve O’Dwyer and Samuel Panzica are both back in the top 10 as well, pushing Adrian Mateos down to ninth, while Ankush Mandavia, Dan Smith, Jason Koon and Jake Schindler have all been bumped off the list.

Player of the Year

#1 Bryn Kenney – 2,487.70 pts.
#2 Ari Engel – 2,032.65 pts.
#3 Mustapha Kanit – 1,970.27 pts.
#4 Sergio Aido – 1,933.22 pts.
#5 Byron Kaverman – 1,828.69 pts.
#6 Manig Loeser – 1,752.38 pts.
#7 Nick Petrangelo – 1,642.51 pts.
#8 Koray Aldemir – 1,631.78 pts.
#9 Dylan Wilkerson – 1,562.14 pts.
#10 Anthony Spinella – 1,502.72 pts.

Bryn Kenney has extended his lead in the Player of the Year race to roughly 450 points, equivalent to two decent Super High Roller cashes or a win in a big-field Main Event. Ari Engel is the second man over the 2000-point mark, having come out on top of a 495-player field at Potawatomi Casino in an $1100 buy-in Main Event.

Sergio Aido continues to climb, though not at the same pace he had in February, and is now in fourth. Mustapha Kanit, Byron Kaverman, Manig Loeser and Koray Aldemir have all piled on some additional points to remain in contention, while Nick Petrangelo now makes an appearance in seventh.

Nadya Magnus, the sole woman in the top 10 last month, has failed to do much in the past month, save for a min-cash in the same Potawatomi event won by Engel. As a result, she’s dropped to 22nd, and Loni Harwood now represents the best chance for a woman Player of the Year, sitting just outside of the top 10 with 1459 points to date.

Card Player

About the rankings: Card Player unfortunately does not have a rolling leaderboard to compete with the GPI’s, but it does provide an alternative Player of the Year leaderboard. This year’s system is different from previous years’, but still differs dramatically from GPI’s in that its honors are largely awarded based on the number of important titles and final tables had by a player, rather than their consistency of cashing in high buy-in events. Comparing the two often provides interesting insight into players’ performance.

Player of the Year

#1 Bryn Kenney – 3,106 pts. (#3 last month)
#2 Ben Heath – 2,976 pts. (#1 last month)
#3 Nick Petrangelo – 2,918 pts. (#7 last month)
#4 Anthony Spinella – 2,360 pts. (NEW)
#5 Shurane Vijayaram – 2,280 pts. (#2 last month)
#6 Daniel Colman – 2,266 pts. (#8 last month)
#7 Simeon Naydenov – 2,230 pts. (#6 last month)
#8 Samuel Panzica – 2,174 pts. (NEW)
#9 Daniel Strelitz – 2,100 pts. (#4 last month)
#10 Darryll Fish – 2,076 pts. (NEW)

The picture here is beginning to clarify itself as we move into the second quarter of the year. The two Player of the Year races are now in agreement as Bryn Kenney overtakes Ben Heath for the top spot. Heath has been quiet of late, with only two additional cashes in March after his second-place finish at the Wynn on March 6, which was included in our last update.

Aside from Kenney, there is little overlap between the two lists at the moment. Nick Petrangelo, who is seventh according to GPI, has risen to third in Card Player’s estimation, while Anthony Spinella has surged to fourth here, while having only just cracked the top 10 for GPI. The other seven names from each list do not appear on the other.

Some additional familiar names have crept into the running for the Card Player award: Samuel Panzica in eighth, and Darryll Fish in tenth. Meanwhile, some less likely candidates are on the decline: As predicted, Aussie Millions winner Shurane Vijayaram has not played (or, at least, has not cashed) any additional tournaments since, and can be expected to drop off the list in the next month or two unless that changes.


About the rankings: Pocket Fives rankings are the equivalent of the GPI for the online poker world. It considers only the past year’s worth of results, with older results decaying in value and only the best 40 results for each player being counted. Needless to say, this system and the fast pace of online play make this leaderboard quite volatile.

The current Top 10

#1 lena900 – 9,830.02 pts. (#2 last month)
#2 SixthSenSe19 – 8,964.36 pts. (#1 last month)
#3 C Darwin2 – 8,382.68 pts. (#3 last month)
#4 inhoo – 8,227.08 pts. (#5 last month)
#5 PokerKaiser – 7,976.59 pts. (NEW)
#6 Ariados – 7,140.73 pts. (#4 last month)
#7 1_conor_b_1 – 6,987.84 pts. (NEW)
#8 r4ndomr4gs – 6,904.50 pts. (#6 last month)
#9 pappadogg – 6,876.61 pts. (#10 last month)
#10 pleno1 – 6,745.63 pts. (#NEW)

As predicted, Fabrizio “SixthSenSe19” Gonzalez has been dethroned, and the new top dog is Niklas “lena900” Åstedt, one of two Swedish players who had often found himself in that position before Gonzalez’s reign. The other, of course, is Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson, who currently sits in third.

The three men’s scores are sufficiently separated at the moment that their respective positions may remain as they are for some time. Åstedt was actually over 10,000 points for
a while, and although he’s dropped below that impressive milestone, he’s still about 850 ahead of Gonzalez. That said, the volume of play online is such that anything can potentially happen, especially with SCOOP, Super XL, Powerfest and iPoker’s new €400,000 Festival all coming up in early May.

Fellow Swede Robin “inhoo” Ylitalo and Nicolas “PokerKaiser” Fierro are hot on Mattsson’s heels. The latter stormed into the top 10 at the beginning of the month when he won PartyPoker’s special $1 million guaranteed Heavyweight: Title Fight, which ran alongside the anniversary edition of the PokerStars Sunday Million. That alone was worth a whopping 1000 leaderboard points.

Not much of great import has happened in the lower half of the chart. Familiar names “veeea,” “Blackk” and “probirs” have all dropped off the list for the time being, but have been replaced by Fierro, “1_conor_b_1” and “pleno1,” all of whom are players we’re used to seeing battle for those spots.