Poker Rankings Update: Zinno Ascendant, Seiver Tumbling, Smith on Top
It seems that with the excitement of the WSOP kicking off, we missed our June instalment of Poker Rankings Update and, of course, a lot has happened since May. Anthony Zinno has carried momentum from last season’s WPT heater into the WSOP, battling it out for Player of the Year status with Mike Gorodinski. His performance has, in turn, propelled him into the Top 10 in both the GPI and Bluff Power Rankings. Scott Seiver, meanwhile, has not been having a great summer and is rapidly dropping on both lists, though that may change as he’s still in contention in the $500k Super High-Roller Bowl, which is running as we speak.
Global Poker Index
About the rankings: The GPI ranks 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.
The current Top 10
#1 Dan Smith – 4080.67 pts.
#2 Byron Kaverman – 3747.88 pts.
#3 Bryn Kenney – 3692.07 pts.
#4 Ole Schemion – 3685.16 pts.
#5 Davidi Kitai – 3676.69 pts.
#6 Pratyush Buddiga – 3659.03 pts.
#7 Stephen Chidwick – 3625.81 pts.
#8 Anthony Zinno – 3600.71 pts.
#9 Jason Mercier – 3592.54 pts.
#10 Dario Sammartino – 3587.71 pts.
The Skinny: Last time we took a look at the GPI back in May, Scott Seiver was on top and now he’s no longer even makes the list, having fallen all the way to 14th place. Dan Smith, on the other hand, was nowhere to be seen back in May and now tops the list with over 4000 points thanks to a pair of 3rd place finishes in WSOP $10,000 events as well as two high-roller cashes back in May.
On the Move: Anthony Zinno continues to take the poker world by storm; he may only be in 8th currently, but most of the results that put him there have come in the span of a few months. He’s in 5th for overall GPI Player of the Year and a close 2nd in the GPI WSOP Player of the Year standings. If his heater continues, he could easily end up on top of any or all of these lists.
Player of the Year 2015
#1 Connor Drinan – 3498.78 pts.
#2 Dzmitry Urbanovich – 3380.70 pts.
#3 Stephen Chidwick – 3352.67 pts.
#4 Scott Seiver – 3242.53 pts.
#5 Anthony Zinno – 3134.78 pts.
#6 Ivan Luca – 3128.45 pts.
#7 Jason Mercier – 3090.58 pts.
#8 Byron Kaverman – 3048.52 pts.
#9 Sorel Mizzi – 2986.84 pts.
#10 Taylor Paur – 2857.36 pts.
WSOP Player of the Year
#1 Mike Gorodinsky – 2050.70 pts.
#2 Anthony Zinno – 1942.72 pts.
#3 Shaun Deeb – 1803.99 pts.
#4 Paul Volpe – 1631.59 pts.
#5 Brian Hastings – 1564.60 pts.
About the rankings: BLUFF Magazine likewise ranks players in an effort to answer the question of who the world’s best poker players are. They use a shorter time scale of two years, with the points halved for the previous year’s results. Compared to GPI, the BLUFF Power Rankings place less emphasis on field size and buy-in, and far more emphasis on winning events as opposed to just cashing.
The current Top 10
#1 Joe Kuether – 1567.57 pts.
#2 Mike Leah – 1520.78 pts.
#3 Dan Smith – 1422.03 pts.
#4 Stephen Chidwick – 1331.64 pts.
#5 Erik Seidel – 1298.52 pts.
#6 Paul Volpe – 1263.97 pts.
#7 Anthony Zinno – 1222.70 pts.
#8 Daniel Colman – 1212.35 pts.
#9 Ole Schemion – 1212.32 pts.
#10 Scott Seiver – 1210.57 pts.
The Skinny: Seiver hasn’t fallen nearly as hard in BLUFF’s rankings as in the GPI. He’s still in the Top 10, though barely, but he was only in 7th back in May to begin with. Interestingly, the top spot is held by Joe Kuether, who is only ranks 12th in the GPI. This is largely because he’s had a whopping eight cashes at this year’s WSOP plus a win in the Deep Stack Extravaganza III, but all of these results are in $1000-$1500 events which the GPI doesn’t place much weight on.
On the Move: Here too, Anthony Zinno is rocketing up the charts – his win in the $25,000 WSOP Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller and multiple final table appearances elsewhere in the WSOP count for a lot in both systems. By BLUFF’s estimation, he is already on top in the Player of the Year race. Dan Smith has likewise fared well in BLUFF’s rankings, jumping from 6th to 3rd. Other new entries into the Top 10 include Paul Volpe and Ole Schemion.
Player of the Year
#1 Anthony Zinno – 965.54 pts.
#2 Dzmitry Urbanovich – 888.53 pts.
#3 Erik Seidel – 799.06 pts.
#4 Nick Petrangelo – 793.09 pts.
#5 Paul Volpe – 771.90 pts.
#6 Stephen Chidwick – 753.26 pts.
#7 Joe Kuether – 748.86 pts.
#8 Steve O’Dwyer – 736.46 pts.
#9 Jason Mercier – 735.50 pts.
#10 Ivan Luca – 727.45 pts.
About the rankings: Pocket Fives rankings are the equivalent of GPI or BLUFF Power Rankings 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 PokerKaiser – 7553.73 pts.
#2 hellohellohello – 7158.92 pts.
#3 AnteSvante – 6896.75 pts.
#4 bedias – 6722.73 pts.
#5 joaomathias – 6632.43 pts.
#6 prebzzz – 6614.19 pts.
#7 Tiny_molester – 6583.57 pts.
#8 Sheater – 6565.48 pts.
#9 Legenden – 6522.80 pts.
#10 lasagnaaammm – 6509.10 pts.
The Skinny: The only two people here who were on the list in May who are still here are also our top two: PokerKaiser who has moved up from 2nd to take the top spot, and hellohellohello who has surged all the way from 10th into 2nd. Notable in 10th is Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” Kanit, who won this year’s SCOOP Main Event for over $1.3 million.
Alex Weldon (@benefactumgames) is a freelance writer, game designer and semipro poker player from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.