With the main series of the WSOP complete, the infamous Chris Ferguson leads the Player of the Year race, but there are plenty of others who could overtake him in the WSOP Europe this fall. That’s according to the WSOP itself, of course; it’s John Monnette on top according to the GPI, so WSOP may yet end up regretting switching to its own system.

Nick Petrangelo and David Peters remain on top of the GPI World Rankings, though Ari Engel is suddenly giving them a run for their money, and Dario Sammartino now leads for Player of the Year.

Sweden’s as dominant as ever online, as C Darwin2 and Ariados surge back to the top of the rankings now that summer’s live poker action is cooling off and online is heating back up.

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 Nick Petrangelo – 3,480.87 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 David Peters – 3,294.37 pts. (#2 last month)
#3 Ari Engel – 3,182.73 pts. (#8 last month)
#4 Adrian Mateos – 3,177.14 pts. (#4 last month)
#5 Bryn Kenney – 3,166.75 pts. (#5 last month)
#6 Sergio Aido – 3,066.15 pts. (NEW)
#7 Justin Bonomo – 3,042.65 pts. (#3 last month)
#8 Ankush Mandavia – 3,039.56 pts. (NEW)
#9 Steve O’Dwyer – 3,032.63 pts. (#9 last month)
#10 Dario Sammartino – 3,024.63 pts. (NEW)


Fedor Holz (#6 -> #11)
Dan Smith (#7 -> #22)
Samuel Panzica (#10 -> 25)

The second half of the WSOP only produced one change in the top 5, which is a leap for Ari Engel thanks to a deep run in Event #56, $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em. That has moved him up to third, though a poor summer for Justin Bonomo means that Adrian Mateos and Bryn Kenny have held onto their fourth and fifth place spots despite being passed by Engel. Bonomo drops to seventh.

Nick Petrangelo is still the world’s strongest player at the moment, according to GPI, and has expanded his lead over David Peters somewhat. Peters is now closer to being overtaken by Engel, Mateos or Kenney than he is to catching Petrangelo.

The lower half of the top 10 has been shaken up to a considerably greater extent, with only Steve O’Dwyer staying put in ninth. Fedor Holz, Dan Smith and Samuel Panzica are all out, while Sergio Aido, Ankush Mandavia and Dario Sammartino are in. Further changes are to be expected, as less than 50 points separate Sammartino in tenth from Aido in sixth, making for what is just about a five-way tie.

Player of the Year

#1 Dario Sammartino – 2,928.47 pts.
#2 Nick Petrangelo – 2,881.97 pts.
#3 Dan Smith – 2,841.98 pts.
#4 Bryn Kenney – 2,840.97 pts.
#5 Koray Aldemir – 2,833.85 pts.
#6 Sergio Aido – 2,809.01 pts.
#7 David Peters – 2,684.63 pts.
#8 Ari Engel – 2,652.80 pts.
#9 Charlie Carrel – 2,618.77 pts.
#10 Justin Bonomo – 2,616.70 pts.

Bryn Kenney has lost the top spot in the Player of the Year race, having apparently decided to take the summer off. His score is unchanged since April, and his once-commanding lead has now been surpassed by Dario Sammartino, Nick Petrangelo and Dan Smith. Charlie Carrel and Justin Bonomo have also pushed their way into the running, while more favored candidates like Byron Kaverman and Adrian Mateos have, for the time being, fallen out of the top 10.

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 – 4,162 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 Joseph McKeehen – 3,907 pts. (NEW)
#3 Justin Bonomo – 3,841 pts. (#3 last month)
#4 Nick Petrangelo – 3,639 pts. (#2 last month)
#5 Scott Blumstein – 3,300 pts. (NEW)
#6 Fedor Holz – 3,272 pts. (#4 last month)
#7 Koray Aldemir – 3,262 pts. (#7 last month)
#8 David Peters – 3,202 pts. (NEW)
#9 Nadar Kakhmazov – 3,080 pts. (NEW)
#10 Adrian Mateos – 3,076 pts. (#5 last month)

Even three months with no cashes hasn’t been enough to knock Bryn Kenney out of the lead in CardPlayer’s esteem, however. His 4,162 points are still good to hold first, although 2015 Main Event winner Joe McKeehen and Justin Bonomo are closing in. Nick Petrangelo, who has also failed to add to his score since the last update, has dropped to fourth.

CardPlayer’s system rates Scott Blumstein’s Main Event win highly enough to put him in fifth, despite a relatively quiet year otherwise. Other newcomers to the top ten include David Peters and Nadar Kakhmazov. Kakhmazov, whose previous best cash was just $66,220, managed two six-figure wins less than two weeks apart in June, in a $1,100 event at the Venetian, followed by the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max at the WSOP.


About the rankings: The World Series of Poker adopted the GPI’s ranking system for its Player of the Year race last year, but has reversed the decision this time around, opting to create a new system of its own. GPI’s works the same way as its regular Player of the Year system, but WSOP’s forgoes considerations of field size and specific finish position and instead awards points based solely on buy-in and ROI.

WSOP System Top 10

#1 Chris Ferguson – 898.46 pts.
#2 Ryan Hughes – 876.35 pts.
#3 John Monnette – 865.21 pts.
#4 John Racener – 853.16 pts.
#5 Raymond Henson – 768.49 pts.
#6 Ben Yu – 766.49 pts.
#7 Alex Foxen – 754.36 pts.
#8 Daniel Negreanu – 717.76 pts.
#9 Dario Sammartino – 710.96 pts.
#10 Kenny Hallaert – 686.81 pts.

GPI System Top 10

#1 John Monnette – 2219.54 pts.
#2 Ryan Hughes – 2061.08 pts.
#3 John Racener – 2060.18 pts.
#4 Chris Ferguson – 2049.65 pts.
#5 Daniel Negreanu – 1847.99 pts.
#6 Dario Sammartino – 1827.75 pts.
#7 Benjamin Yu – 1807.56 pts.
#8 James Obst – 1723.63 pts.
#9 Ray Henson – 1662.23 pts.
#10 Kenny Hallaert – 1644.19 pts.

Despite all the controversy surrounding the WSOP’s move away from GPI’s Player of the Year system and adopting its own, arguably flawed model, both systems agree on the most important qualitative fact, which is that there’s a tight race between the top four players, and then a relatively larger gap between them and anyone else.

The four players in question are Chris Ferguson, Ryan Hughes, John Monnette and John Racener. It’s only the ordering that’s different. WSOP’s version has the four fairly evenly spaced out, with Ferguson leading and Hughes, Monnette and Racener trailing in that order, with around 10-20 points separating each from the last. GPI, meanwhile, has Hughes, Racener and Ferguson in an effective tie, while Monnette leads and has a bit of breathing room.

Of course, the flak WSOP has been taking for its system hasn’t been alleviated by the fact that one of the least popular men in poker is currently leading as a result. Given how close the races are, however, it’s quite likely that both lists will be in agreement once the dust settles in November.

The point gap between first and fourth is 5.3% for WSOP and 8.2% for GPI; despite the smaller size of the European series, it’s unlikely that margin at this stage is going to be decisive. If any of those four puts on a significantly better performance than the others at the WSOP Europe, he’ll surely win both races. If none puts up many cashes, then there’s a good chance someone like Daniel Negreanu or Dario Sammartino will be able to capitalize on that.


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 – 8,914.49 pts. (#3 last month)
#2 Ariados – 8,580.63 pts. (#4 last month)
#3 lena900 – 8,568.36 pts. (#1 last month)
#4 inhoo – 8,262.48 pts. (#2 last month)
#5 r4ndomr4gs – 7,597.75 pts. (#8 last month)
#6 SixthSenSe19 – 7,040.49 pts. (#5 last month)
#7 PokerKaiser – 7,032.55 pts. (#6 last month)
#8 probirs – 7,003.46 pts. (#7 last month)
#9 DeathbyQuads – 6,869.18 pts. (NEW)
#10 Sheater – 6,853.18 pts. (NEW)

The question these days seems not to be whether Swedish players are dominating the online leaderboards, but simply which ones it is at any given point in time. Having returned from some time spent playing live poker in Las Vegas, it’s now Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson back in the top position, as he’s so often been in the past. Following him up the charts is “Ariados,” formerly fourth and now second.

Niklas “lena900” Astedt and Robin “inhoo” Ylitalo retain their relative positions, forced down from first and second to third and fourth respectively. Andreas “r4ndomr4gs” Berggren completes the Swedish dominance of the top 5.

Former number one Fabricio “SixthSenSe19” Gonzalez is the top non-Swede in the rankings: in sixth, appropriately enough. Nicolas “PokerKaiser” Fierro of Chile and Andras “probirs” Nemeth of Hungary are the only others, as two more Swedes, “DeathbyQuads” and “Sheater” round out the top ten.