September was a big – huge! – month for online tournaments, but not so much for the world of live poker. Bryn Kenney looks as dominant as ever, and the rest of the GPI top ten has been relatively stagnant. Malta’s Steven van Zandelhoff won over $1.6 million in the World Championship of Poker (WCOOP) Main Event, however, and although the resulting windfall of PocketFives leaderboard points wasn’t quite enough to put him ahead of the Swedish end bosses Niklas Astedt and Simon Mattsson, it has put him right in contention with them.

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 Bryn Kenney – 3,485.66 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 Nick Petrangelo – 3,371.51 pts. (#2 last month)
#3 David Peters – 3,265.88 pts. (#3 last month)
#4 Justin Bonomo – 3,254.94 pts. (#4 last month)
#5 Adrian Mateos – 3,206.33 pts. (#6 last month)
#6 Stephen Chidwick – 3,177.54 pts. (#5 last month)
#7 Dan Smith – 3,121.06 pts. (#8 last month)
#8 Ari Engel – 3,108.63 pts. (#7 last month)
#9 Koray Aldemir – 3,078.43 pts. (#10 last month)
#10 Dario Sammartino – 3,030.67 pts. (NEW)


Ankush Mandavia (#9 -> #17)

Very little has changed over the past month in the GPI Top 10. The top four are just as they were, without even much change in terms of their relative separation. Bryn Kenney added a bit to his score with a win in the Poker Masters at the Aria, but Nick Petrangelo gained nearly as much with a deep run in the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event, ultimately finishing 19th. David Peters had a third-place finish at the Masters, and Justin Bonomo a pair of smaller cashes.

Adrian Mateos is one of the month’s few movers, having played both the Poker Masters and the PokerStars Championship Barcelona. He didn’t manage any big results, but had numerous small cashes which collectively amounted to enough to nudge him a few points ahead of Stephen Chidwick. Mateos rises to fifth and Chidwick falls to sixth.

Dan Smith and Ari Engel likewise traded places with Smith rising to seventh thanks to a cash at the Masters, while Engel stuck to his usual lower buy-in, larger field events but didn’t make any deep runs.

Koray Aldemir has continued his rapid ascent, climbing into ninth and very close to making his way further up the charts. Like Mateos, he played at both the Aria and Casino Barcelona, doing considerably better at the latter; he final tabled a large field €2,200 event and took third in the €50,000 Super High Roller, both good for a substantial number of points.

Displaced by Aldemir was Ankush Mandavia, who had no cashes in the month. He fell to 17th, while Dario Sammartino is the month’s only new entry in tenth. He had only a min-cash in Barcelona, but unlike Mandavia, didn’t have any significant results expiring this month and saw his score remain mostly unchanged.

Player of the Year

#1 Bryn Kenney – 3,440.32 pts.
#2 Koray Aldemir – 3,167.07 pts.
#3 Nick Petrangelo – 3,058.14 pts.
#4 Dan Smith – 2,948.77 pts.
#5 Dario Sammartino – 2,928.47 pts.
#6 Dejuante Alexander – 2,919.11 pts.
#7 Sergio Aido – 2,830.89 pts.
#8 Anthony Spinella – 2,795.90 pts.
#9 Ari Engel – 2,788.84 pts.
#10 Adrian Mateos – 2,783.pp pts.

Here too, there’s been little change up top. Dan Smith’s cash at the Poker Masters proving enough to get past Dario Sammartino; Smith rises to fourth while Sammartino falls to fifth.

Much more dramatic is Dejuante Alexander’s entry into sixth, both for its suddenness and the unfamiliarity of his name; as recently as early 2016, he was just another grinder playing $365 side events, but has been running hot recently and has slipped into the GPI Top 100 and now the Player of the Year Top 10 without making many headlines. If he continues to perform as he has through the end of 2017, that may well change.

Anthony Spinella and Adrian Mateos are other new contenders, while Pete Chen, Stephen Chidwick and David Peters have all been forced out of the top ten by the newcomers.

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 – 6,204 pts.
#2 Koray Aldemir – 4,956 pts.
#3 Justin Bonomo – 4,346 pts.
#4 Raffaele Sorrentino – 4,224 pts.
#5 Jason Koon – 4,124 pts.
#6 Fedor Holz – 4,097 pts.
#7 David Peters – 4,002 pts.
#8 Joseph McKeehen – 3,907 pts.
#9 Benjamin Pollak – 3,760 pts.
#10 Jake Schindler – 3,645 pts.

While things are still at least somewhat up in the air for the GPI’s race, it’s becoming increasingly hard to see anyone but Bryn Kenney taking Player of the Year honors in Card Player’s reckoning. His lead over second place Koray Aldemir is now around 1,250 points, or one-quarter of Aldemir’s total. With less than a quarter of the year remaining, that means that not only would Kenney have to stop adding to his total, but Aldemir would need to perform as well in the final stretch as Kenney has the rest of the year to this point. Good luck with that.

Justin Bonomo has moved up into third, displacing Raffaele Sorrentino and Jason Koon, but he’s another 600-plus points behind Aldemir and would need several improbably big wins to have a hope of catching Kenney. The fight for third is much closer, but not much attention is given to runners-up in these races.


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 – 9,274.21 pts. (#2 last month)
#2 C Darwin – 9,258.81 pts. (#1 last month)
#3 SvZff – 9,101.84 pts. (NEW)
#4 joaosimaobh – 8,438.23 pts. (NEW)
#5 veeea – 8,267.38 pts. (#4 last month)
#6 r4ndomr4gs – 7,737.89 pts. (#5 last month)
#7 Sheater – 7,663.78 pts. (#10 last month)
#8 inhoo – 7,547.74 pts. (#3 last month)
#9 probirs – 7,147.49 pts (NEW)
#10 omaha4rollz – 7,124.76 pts. (NEW)

One always expects the online leaderboard to be shaken up by the Holy Trinity of online tournament series in September – WCOOP, Powerfest and XL – and this year was no exception. With so many opportunities to put up big numbers, it’s no surprise that while no player had a score over 8000 one month ago, there are now five who do, three of whom have over 9000.

Even movement of that magnitude wasn’t enough to bring down the Swedish dynasty, however. Of the top Swedes, only Robin “inhoo” Ylitalo had a bad September, barely adding to his score at all and falling from third to eighth.

Niklas “lena900” Astedt had the best showing among the frontrunners, with numerous wins including 888’s “The Whale” and a $5,200 side event at PokerStars. These propelled him from a close second into an equally narrow lead over rival and countryman Simon “CDarwin 2” Mattsson, who likewise had a great many cashes, just not so many outright wins.

Best overall performance, however, goes to Steven “SvZff” van Zandelhoff of Malta, who won the WCOOP Main Event, with no deal made, for the full $1,624,503 first prize. That was good for a mind-boggling 3,303.79 PocketFives leaderboard points, enough to put any reasonably active online pro into contention. As it happens, it just barely wasn’t enough to overtake the Swedes; van Zandelhoff currently trails Mattsson by a little over 150 points, and Astedt by around 170.