Poker Rankings Update: Zinno Continues to Surge

Alex Weldon : August 4th, 2015


In terms of results, the story of the summer and of the year continues to be Anthony Zinno. Zinno is so unstoppable, in fact, that both the GPI and Bluff Player of the Year rankings now have him solidly in first, a rare example of the two systems actually agreeing with one another on something.

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 Jason Mercier – 4020.74 pts. (#9 last month)
#2 Scott Seiver – 3928.27 pts. (NEW)
#3 Anthony Zinno – 3896.52 pts. (#8 last month)
#4 Dan Smith – 3818.38 pts. (#1 last month)
#5 Stephen Chidwick – 3625.81 pts. (#7 last month)
#6 Davidi Kitai – 3615.34 pts. (#5 last month)
#7 Bryn Kenney – 3575.85 pts. (#3 last month)
#8 Byron Kaverman – 3568.68 pts. (#2 last month)
#9 Paul Volpe – 3522.01 pts. (NEW)
#10 Dario Sammartino – 3513.19 pts. (#10 last month)


Ole Schemion – #4 => #33
Pratyush Buddiga – #6 => #35

The Skinny: Anthony Zinno may not be on top of the long-term rankings quite yet, but he’s gaining ground rapidly, up nearly 300 points and five spots since last month.

Ole Schemion and Pratyush Buddiga are dropping like stones, meanwhile, having gone from 4th and 6th respectively to not even making the Top 30. Buddiga had a mediocre WSOP this year and Schemion has not cashed anything since May, while both are suffering as a result of the declining weight of some of their older, larger cashes.

On the Move: The biggest gains this past month – bigger, even, than Zinno’s – have been from Jason Mercier and Scott Seiver, who now hold the first and second spots respectively. Jason Mercier’s gains come from a 2nd place finish in WSOP Event #54 – $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, while Seiver took 2nd in the $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl.

Player of the Year 2015

#1 Anthony Zinno – 4192.90 pts. (#5 last month)
#2 Connor Drinan – 3771.11 pts. (#1 last month)
#3 Scott Seiver – 3610.30 pts. (#4 last month)
#4 Byron Kaverman – 3510.54 pts. (#8 last month)
#5 Dzmitry Urbanovich – 3380.69 pts. (#2 last month)
#6 Stephen Chidwick – 3352.68 pts. (#3 last month)
#7 Dominik Nitsche – 3300.76 pts. (NEW)
#8 Nicholas Petrangelo – 3277.39 pts. (NEW)
#9 Ivan Luca – 3128.45 pts. (#6 last month)
#10 Joe Kuether – 3105.15 pts. (NEW)


Jason Mercier – #7 => #11
Sorel Mizzi – #9 => #14
Taylor Paur – #10 => #16

WSOP Player of the Year

#1 Mike Gorodinsky – 2157.19 pts.
#2 Brian Hastings – 1961.82 pts.
#3 Anthony Zinno – 1942.72 pts.
#4 Paul Volpe – 1889.46 pts.
#5 Shaun Deeb – 1803.99 pts.

BLUFF Power Rankings

About the rankings: Although BLUFF Magazine has now closed up shop, its power rankings and player of the year list continue to be updated, at least for the time being. Like the GPI, Bluff 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 – 1714.44 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 Dan Smith – 1610.16 pts. (#3 last month)
#3 Anthony Zinno – 1507.77 pts. (#7 last month)
#4 Mike Leah – 1398.66 pts. (#2 last month)
#5 Scott Seiver – 1307.01 pts. (#10 last month)
#6 Mukul Pahuja – 1301.36 pts. (NEW)
#7 Stephen Chidwick – 1293.45 pts. (#4 last month)
#8 Erik Seidel – 1283.52 pts. (#5 last month)
#9 Jason Mercier – 1228.42 pts. (NEW)
#10 Paul Volpe – 1226.35 pts. (#6 last month)


Daniel Colman – #8 => #13
Ole Schemion – #9 => #19

The Skinny: The BLUFF Power Rankings have held much steadier over the past month than the GPI. Three of the top four spots are still held by the players who were on top last month, with Joe Kuether still leading and Dan Smith switching relative positions with Mike Leah. Schemion has fared poorly in the BLUFF Rankings as well, though not quite as badly as in the GPI. Mercier and Seiver have likewise done well, but not quite as well.

On the Move: Needless to say, Zinno is storming up through the BLUFF Power Rankings, getting himself into the same 3rd place spot he’s enjoying in the GPI. Mukul Pahuja is likewise doing well.

Player of the Year

#1 Anthony Zinno – 1217.54 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 Nick Petrangelo – 930.29 pts. (#4 last month)
#3 Dzmitry Urbanovich – 888.53 pts. (#2 last month)
#4 Erik Seidel – 858.06 pts. (#3 last month)
#5 Byron Kaverman – 810.49 pts. (NEW)
#6 Scott Seiver – 793.46 pts. (NEW)
#7 Joe Kuether – 779.45 pts. (#7 last month)
#8 Dan Smith – 775.76 pts. (NEW)
#9 Paul Volpe – 771.90 pts. (#5 last month)
#10 Stephen Chidwick – 753.26 pts. (#6 last month)


Steve O’Dwyer – #8 => #11
Jason Mercier – #9 => #12
Ivan Luca – #10 => #13

Pocket Fives

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.

#1 PokerKaiser – 7225.27 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 Legenden – 6890.93 pts. (#9 last month)
#3 aguskb – 6882.43 pts. (NEW)
#4 hellohellohello – 6821.16 pts. (#2 last month)
#5 bedias – 6632.72 pts. (#4 last month)
#6 r4ndomr4gs – 6593.01 (NEW)
#7 joaomathias – 6502.94 pts. (#5 last month)
#8 eisenhower1 – 6500.79 pts. (NEW)
#9 lasagnaaammm – 6482.97 pts. (#10 last month)
#10 AnteSavante – 6417.90 pts. (#3 last month)

The Skinny: The Pocket Fives rankings have held remarkably stable this past month, by online standards, due to many top players attending the World Series of Poker and therefore unable to play online. PokerKaiser continues to hold the top spot, while hellohellohello, bidets, joaomathias and lasagnaaammm are all holding roughly steady as well. Legenden and aguskb have shown the biggest gains, rocketing up into 2nd and 3rd respectively; aguskb also won the monthly leaderboard, with his top three cashes amounting to more than $40,000 combined. August may prove to be another quiet month, but WCOOP is coming up in September, so expect the to see radical changes in the leaderboard at that point.

Alex Weldon (@benefactumgames) is a freelance writer, game designer and semipro poker player from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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