Jokes about being terrible at retirement notwithstanding, Fedor Holz has indeed cut down dramatically on how much poker he’s been playing, and that has finally been reflected in the GPI rankings. Bryn Kenney is showing promise in both Player of the Year races.
Online, Fabricio Gonzalez of Uruguay is the only man standing in the way of total Swedish domination of the leaderboard. He still clings to his first-place position for now, but two big Nordic names are hot on his heels, and you have to look all the way back to eighth to find the next non-Swede.
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 David Peters – 3,457.98 pts. (#2 last month)
#2 Nick Petrangelo – 3,234.88 pts. (#1 last month)
#3 Bryn Kenney – 3,203.87 pts. (#4 last month)
#4 Justin Bonomo – 3,130.44 pts. (NEW)
#5 Adrian Mateos – 3,122.95 pts. (#5 last month)
#6 Ankush Mandavia – 2,933.98 pts. (#9 last month)
#7 Dan Smith – 2,956.33 pts. (NEW)
#8 Jason Koon – 2,951.83 pts. (NEW)
#9 Ari Engel – 2,951.10 pts. (#7 last month)
#10 Jake Schindler – 2,935.30 pts. (NEW)
Fedor Holz (#3 -> #14)
Jack Salter (#6 -> #15)
Anthony Zinno (#8 -> #24)
Andjelko Andrejevic (#10 -> #31)
One thing about this year’s new GPI scoring system is quickly becoming apparent: it’s creates a tighter score distribution than the old system, which is going to mean a lot more changes up top of the rankings. David Peters is back up top despite having briefly ceded the spot to Nick Petrangelo, who remains in second. Only a couple dozen points separate Peters from Petrangelo, and Petrangelo from Bryn Kenny, who has moved up to third. Some rearrangement of the top three is therefore not just possible, but likely in the coming month.
Fedor Holz, meanwhile, has begun to plummet in the rankings, the inevitable consequence of his decision to reduce his volume of play and go into partial retirement. He’s down to 14th, and barring a sudden change of heart, should not be expected to rebound. His departure from the Top 10 has made room for Justin Bonomo to squeak in behind Kenney, thanks to a third-place finish in a High Roller followed immediately by a second-place finish in a Super High Roller, both at the Aria.
Similar shakeups have occurred in the bottom half of the top ten as well, with Jack Salter, Anthony Zinno and Andjelko Andrejevic out, and Dan Smith, Jason Koon and Jake Schindler in. Right in the middle is Adrian Mateos, with the unusual honor of being the only person who finished the month in the same place he started it, in fifth. He managed a final table in a $2,140 side event at the WPT LA Poker Classic to earn enough points to make up for expiring results and keep his score from slipping.
Player of the Year
#1 Bryn Kenney – 1,974.95 pts.
#2 Mustapha Kanit – 1,597.35 pts.
#3 Byron Kaverman – 1,257.50 pts.
#4 Ben Heath – 1,238.88 pts.
#5 Sergio Aido – 1,175.05 pts.
#6 Koray Aldemir – 1,147.45 pts.
#7 Roland Israelashvili – 1,139.87 pts.
#8 Manig Loeser – 1,121.64 pts.
#9 Nadya Magnus – 1,047.62 pts.
#10 Allen Kessler – 1,008.84 pts.
Interestingly, less has changed in the Player of the Year race than the overall rankings, which is not what one would expect just two months into the year. Bryn Kenney added 550 points to his total since our last update, thereby grabbing the top spot from Mustapha Kanit.
Byron Kaverman and Ben Heath also had big months and now find themselves in third and fourth, but no one can currently compete with Spain’s Sergio Aido for rate of change this month. After posting only a single result in January, he was dominant in the Philippines and Macau in February, with four final tables including a High Roller win and a Main Event runner-up finish. As a result, he’s gone from off-the-radar to fifth place.
Some other interesting newcomers in the lower half of the list include Nadya Magnus, currently leading in the Female Player of the Year race and ninth for the overall title, and Allen Kessler in tenth. I mention Kessler just because he’s notorious for his nitty play style and preponderance of min-cashes; a Player of the Year win for him would therefore be something to look forward to, just for the hot takes it would produce on Twitter.
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 Ben Heath – 2,976 pts.
#2 Shurane Vijayaram – 2,280 pts.
#3 Bryn Kenney – 2,196 pts.
#4 Daniel Strelitz – 2,100 pts.
#5 Christian Harder – 1,824 pts.
#6 Simeon Naydenov – 1,750 pts.
#7 Nick Petrangelo – 1,628 pts.
#8 Daniel Colman – 1,546 pts.
#9 Tobian Hausen – 1,520 pts.
#9 (Tie) Cliff Josephy – 1,520 pts.
Few of last month’s leaders for the Card Player race succeeded in increasing their scores much this month, meaning that there’s been ample room for new blood to move in. Daniel Strelitz is the big mover, thanks to his win the WPT LA Poker Classic Main Event earlier this month. That’s the sort of result that Card Player assigns the most value to, and it has catapulted him into fourth, a big difference from 67th, where he sits according to GPI.
Unsurprisingly, the players who were up top in February and who managed to expand their lead are the same ones who appear in the top 10 for GPI’s race. These include Ben Heath, who now leads Card Player (#6 for GPI), and Bryn Kenney who is effectively second in both races; technically he is in third for Card Player, behind Shurane Vijayaram, but the latter is primarily a cash game player and probably shouldn’t be expected to produce more results like his Aussie Millions win to kick the year off.
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 SixthSenSe19 – 9,673.26 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 lena900 – 9,518.88 pts. (#2 last month)
#3 C Darwin2 – 9,215.80 (#3 last month)
#4 Ariados – 7,393.68 pts. (NEW)
#5 inhoo – 7,341.91 pts. (NEW)
#6 r4ndomr4gs – 7,272.19 pts. (#7 last month)
#7 probirs – 7,238.41 pts. (#6 last month)
#8 Blackk – 6,954.05 pts. (NEW)
#9 veeea – 6,781.15 pts. (NEW)
#10 pappadog – 6,769.52 pts. (#8 last month)
Fabrizio “SixthSenSe19” Gonzalez of Uruguay has now spent about half a year on top of PocketFives’s leaderboard, but one gets the sense that this might be the last time you see his name there. A veritable army of Swedes is closing in on him, led by Niklas “lena900” Åstedt, who has closed the gap from about 280 to just over 150.
It may be Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson who catches Gonzalez first, though; Mattsson has been dominating the monthly leaderboards recently, and has just slashed his deficit from around 850 to 450. If the three players’ performance continues to be as it has been, they’re on course to end up with very similar scores in a month’s time.
Swedish players have featured prominently in the leaderboards for some time now, but look particularly impressive as a group this month. If Gonzalez stops to look behind him, he’s going to see nothing but a sea of Swedish flags until Alexandr “Blackk” Trofimov in eighth. Only four nationalities in total are represented this month, with six Swedes, Blackk and veeea representing for Russia, Gonzalez for Uruguary, and pappadog, in tenth, for the Czech Republic.