Mustapha Kanit Leads GPI POY For February

Mustapha Kanit Leads GPI POY

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The Global Poker Index, every week, releases a list of the top tournament poker players across the world using a formula that takes into account a player's results over six half-year periods. For a glance at the entire list, visit the official website. Here's a look at the standings as of February 1,

2017 GPI Player of the Year:

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Mustapha Kanit 1424.52 +1
2 Bryn Kenney 1424.08 -1
3 David Yan 956.39 +18
4 Byron Kaverman 939.05 -1
5 Nick Petrangelo 788.13 +7
6 Ben Heath 771.68 +186
7 Luc Greenwood 765.12 -3
8 Sergi Reixach 760.80 -3
9 Roland Israelashivili 729.34 +1
10 Anton Astapau 716.70 -2

There is a new leader atop the GPI Player of the Year standings, as Mustapha Kanit moved ahead of early frontrunner Bryn Kenney to sit at ‘numero uno’ to begin February.

Both Kanit and Kenney gathered significant GPI points at PokerStars Championship Bahamas, then Kanit went on further to earn more at the Aussie Millions to move ahead. Kanit made deep runs in Melbourne in both the$25,000 Challengeclinched byJames Chen (where Kanit finished seventh) and the$10,600 Main Eventwon byShurane Vijayaram (where Kanit took 11th).

Other players made upward moves to feature in the GPI top 10.

David Yan leaped from No. 21 to an impressive No. 3 after also cashing in both the $25K Challenge (finishing 11th) and the Main Event (finishing 39th), followed by a runner-up in another $2,500 side event.

Ben Heath also made a huge move that can happen early in the POY race, jumping from No. 192 to No. 6 after his runner-up finish to Vijayaram in the Aussie Millions Main Event. Heath had already had three cashes in the Bahamas, including a massive winning a $15K event.

Nick Petrangelo also carried on his winning ways in Australia, taking first spot in the $100,000 Challenge. However, Petrangelo didn't earn POY points for that win (as there were only 18 entries — fewer than the needed minimum of 32), but he did obtain points for cashing in both the $25K Challenge and Main Event to rise from No. 12 to No. 5.


Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
269 Tobias Hausen 1746.12 +336
137 Jeff Rossiter 2005.82 +245
181 Marc MacDonnell 1917.09 +154
273 Scott Stewart 1739.85 +142
180 Michael Hahn 1919.05 +139

Both Rossiter and Hahn made it onto this week's top five "Biggest Gains" list (only considering players within the top 300). But Tobias Hausen is the player topping the list after sky-rocketing from No. 605 to No. 269.Similar to others who made the Aussie Millions Main Event final table, Hausen — who finished third — likewise scored significant GPI points to improve his ranking, and in fact joins the top 300 for the first time.


Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
298 Olivier Busquet 1693.21 -118
191 Alexander Lynskey 1891.08 -79
253 Jared Jaffee 1791.79 -67
189 Scott Clements 1899.84 -65
231 Stevan Chew 1825.03 -58

Looking only at those still in the top 300, Olivier Busquet was the player dropping the most this week after sliding from No. 180 to No. 298.


The results from the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Open in Atlantic City, New Jersey will be reflected in next week’s update.