After snagging the top spot in the GPI and its Player of the Year race in the final weeks of 2017, Adrian Mateos has expanded his lead in early 2018. Bryn Kenney, who had seemed a lock to close out the year on top has now slipped all the way to seventh, while Mateos’s closest competition is now Justin Bonomo, who now also leads the Player of the Year race.
Things are different in the Card Player race, where once again the early leader is the winner of the Aussie Millions Main Event; this year, that’s one Toby Lewis from the United Kingdom.
Online, it’s still the usual group of Swedes dominating the upper portion of the leaderboard, but we’ve seen some less ubiquitous screen names making their way up a little lower down.
For more on these stories and other developments, read on in this February installment of the PTP Poker Rankings Update.
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 Adrian Mateos – 3,658.01 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 Justin Bonomo – 3,407.68 pts. (NEW)
#3 Ari Engel – 3,344.09 pts. (#3 last month)
#4 Stephen Chidwick – 3,291.82 pts. (#8 last month)
#5 David Peters – 3,277.36 pts. (#2 last month)
#6 Rainer Kempe – 3,256.20 pts. (#6 last month)
#7 Bryn Kenney – 3,241.84 pts. (#4 last month)
#8 Koray Aldemir – 3,238.42 pts. (#5 last month)
#9 Jason Koon – 3,162.26 pts. (#7 last month)
#10 Stefan Schillhabel – 3,139.27 pts. (#9 last month)
Nick Petrangelo (#10 -> #11)
There has been relatively little movement in the GPI rankings over the past month, with one significant exception in Justin Bonomo.
Bonomo is a perennial name in the top 10, but he went through something of a slump in the final quarter of 2017 and had fallen off the list as a result. Because of how the GPI is calculated, however, the flip side of that is that he now gets full credit for his biggest results, rather than merely improving on previous smaller scores. As a result, his win in the $25,500 High Roller at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open propelled him all the way into second place, ahead of Ari Engel and within one more big win of catching Adrian Mateos.
Mateos, for his part, has kept busy, including a runner-up finish in that same Lucky Hearts High Roller. Yet, because he has had so many other big results recently, the impact on his overall score was much less than for Bonomo; though nominally worth nearly 300 points, that 2nd place finish improved his score by only about 80.
Another player who improved considerably this month is Stephen Chidwick, but here it is almost entirely the vagaries of the GPI system at play. He managed a few small cashes, but although the improvement to his score was only just over 100 points, it was enough to propel him from eighth into fourth, as David Peters, Rainer Kempe, Bryn Kenney and Koray Aldemir all saw their scores decline due to expiring results.
Player of the Year
#1 Justin Bonomo – 1,371.99 pts.
#2 Ari Engel – 1,036.46 pts.
#3 Joe McKeehen – 975.51 pts.
#4 Benjamin Yu – 859.37 pts.
#5 Thomas Mühlöcker – 852.77 pts.
#6 Gianluca Speranza – 852.09 pts.
#7 Adrian Mateos – 835.73 pts.
#8 Cary Katz – 829.88 pts.
#9 Ness Reilly -829.50 pts.
#10 Rainer Kempe – 809.01 pts.
As expected, the front-runners of the Player of the Year race have changed almost entirely. The early leader, Christopher Kruk, had (and still has) 750 points, but there are now 17 players who have more than that, many of whom weren’t even in the top ten a month ago.
Up top is Justin Bonomo, who was in ninth last month and has since more than doubled his score. He enjoys a roughly 335 point lead over Ari Engel, who had been in third with 630 points, but only managed to add another 400 or so. 2015 WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen is in third, and Adrian Mateos has managed to push his way into the top ten. Mateos is nominally in seventh, but is in the middle of a log jam including other big names in Thomas Mühlöcker
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 Toby Lewis – 2,280 pts.
#2 Justin Bonomo – 2,156 pts.
#3 Maria Lampropoulos – 2,100 pts.
#4 Stefan Huber – 1,900 pts.
#5 Adrian Mateos – 1,795 pts.
#6 Shawn Buchanan – 1,750 pts.
#7 Mike Leah – 1,680 pts.
#8 Stephen Chidwick – 1,620 pts.
#9 Koray Aldemir – 1,610 pts.
#10 Stefan Schillhabel – 1,592 pts.
Justin Bonomo is also a strong contender in Card Player’s Player of the Year race, and probably a slight statistical favorite at this point. He doesn’t currently hold the top spot, however, due to the emphasis Card Player puts on wins against large fields. Toby Lewis from Hampshire, UK, currently holds that honor, with nearly the entirety of his 2,280 points coming from his win in the Aussie Millions Main Event. Maria Lampropoulos, who won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event is also in close contention with Lewis and Bonomo, currently holding third with her 2,100 points.
Some other top-ranked GPI players are in contention here, namely Adrian Mateos, Stephen Chidwick, Koray Aldemir and Stefan Schillhabel. Canada’s Mike Leah is also in the running in seventh, thanks to winning his first WPT Main Event title at the WPT Fallsview in his home province of Ontario. He’s traditionally been dominant in that venue, though his previous wins have all come in the $1,100 preliminary event rather than the $5,000 Main Event.
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 C Darwin2 – 10,666 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 lena900 – 9,540.83 pts. (#3 last month)
#3 probirs – 9,414.79 pts. (#4 last month)
#4 SvZff – 8,834.11 pts. (#2 last month)
#5 hellohellohello – 8,366.26 pts. (#9 last month)
#6 European – 8,201.50 pts. (NEW)
#7 Romeopro – 8,196.68 pts. (NEW)
#8 pleno1 – 7,996.74 pts. (NEW)
#9 joaosimaobh – 7,980.63 pts. (NEW)
#10 rayastar – 7,956.99 pts. (NEW)
Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson is, as usual, in top position. He did just enough this month to compensate for expiring results and as a result his score changed by just a single point: up to 10,666 from 10,665. Fellow Swede and frequent competitor Niklas “lena900” Astedt closed the distance on him with a few big results, including a final table in the PartyPoker Powerfest Main Event and a runner-up finish in the first Sunday 500 of the month at PokerStars.
Hungary’s Andras “probirs” Nemeth is also in close contention, having won back to back Powerfest events: #31-H and #32-M. He’s in third, trailing Astedt by just 126 points. Meanwhile, Malta’s Stephen “SvZff” van Zadelhoff’s time in the spotlight seems close to an end; he was propelled briefly into first place after winning the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event, but hasn’t done enough since to keep his score from declining. He’s now dropped to fourth and will likely continue to do so.
The bottom half of the top 10 is all new this month, though it includes familiar names in Patrick “pleno1” Leonard and Joao Simao. Leonard is, of course, PartyPoker’s main ambassador and player liason these days and conveniently enough happened to win the Powerfest Main Event for over $200,000 and 1,010 PocketFives leaderboard points.
A less commonly seen name in the top 10 is Finland’s “European,” whose choice of screen name makes Googling him very difficult. It’s not his first time in the top 10, however, as he hit his all time high back in 2014, reaching third place. The same is true for Ukraine’s Roman “romeopro” Romanovsky, who’s a newcomer in seventh, but has previous been as high as third, back in 2015.