2015 GPI Player of the Year Top 10

As 2015 comes to an end, it’s a great time for all of us to reflect on the high quality of poker that was played this year. Bracelets and High Rollers and trophies galore were awarded to some of the highest quality players the world has to offer, so let’s have a look at this year’s Global Poker Index Top 10!

2012 PCA_10K Main Event_Day 41. Byron Kaverman

  • 20 cashes
  • $3,481,464 annual earnings
  • Biggest cash: $657,351 (WSOP Event #37: $10,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em Championship)

This year’s top player has amassed lifetime earnings of just shy of $7m, with over half of that coming in this year alone. 2015 was a standout year for him, not only winning his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #37: $10,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em, but for winning back-to-back Aria High Rollers in March. He rounded out the year in October, winning the EPT Malta €10,300 High Roller, securing him the title of the world’s best player in 2015 as well as topping the GPI Poker Index ranking overall.

2. Anthony Zinno

  • 25 cashes
  • $3,778,904 annual earnings
  • Biggest cash: $1,015,860 (WSOP Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha)

Joining in the trend of winning major tournaments back-to-back was Anthony Zinno. Second to Kaverman in the PoY rankings by just under 100pts, Zinno won two WPT titles in 2015, bringing his overall tally to three and putting him alongside fellow three-time winners Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen. Zinno also won a bracelet in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, and final-tabled the $111,111 One Drop where he finished 5th.

IMG_35063. Steve O’Dwyer

  • 24 cashes
  • $4,850,130 annual earnings
  • Biggest cash: $1,015,860 (PCA $100,000 Super High Roller)

Is there a High Roller somewhere in the world that this man hasn’t won yet? He started the year winning the PCA $100k Super High Roller, before moving on to win High Roller events at EPT Malta and most recently in EPT Prague where he won the $50k Super High Roller, defeating Sam Greenwood heads up after a star-studded feature table. No doubt we will see him dominating the High Roller scene for years to come.

4. Nicholas Petrangelo

  • 18 cashes
  • $3,423,620 annual earnings
  • Biggest cash: $1,015,335 (2nd $100,000 WPT Alpha 8 High Roller)

According to his Hendon Mob profile, before this year Nicholas Petrangelo had just $400,000 in total live earnings, but after a stellar year which saw him cash tournaments in seven countries across the globe, the future is bright! Petrangelo scooped his first bracelet in Event #44: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout and finished it off by finishing 2nd in the WPT Alpha 8 High Roller.

IMG_35745. Fedor Holz

  • 23 cashes
  • $3,492,369 annual earnings
  • Biggest cash: $1,589,219 (1st $100,000 WPT Alpha 8 High Roller)

Fedor Holz started 2016 like he finished 2015. It was indeed this this young German protégé who bested Petrangelo in the WPT Alpha 8 High Roller. And his first cash of 2016 was winning the Triton Super High Roller $200,000 Cali Cup, nearly doubling his lifetime earnings and shooting up him the overall GPI rankings

6. Dzmitry Urbanovich

  • 23 cashes
  • $4,033,170 annual earnings
  • Biggest cash: $1,595,368 (2nd EPT Monte Carlo €100k Super High Roller)

I don’t think there’s a player in the top ten with such a wide spread of cashes this year. I know for a fact that there’s no one with as many titles; eight in all including four at one EPT stop, an incredible achievement. Urbanovich started by winning the €25k High Roller, and then went on to secure wins in €1,000 and €5,000 Hold’em tournaments, before rounding it all off with a ‘Crazy Pineapple’ title. Later on in the year at the EPT 11 Grand Final in Monte Carlo, he would finish second in the €100k Super High Roller, capping off a outstanding year for the young Polish player, who isn’t even old enough to go to the World Series!

7. Jason Mercier

  • 23 cashes
  • $2,271,405 annual earnings
  • Biggest cash: $633,357 (WSOP Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6 Handed)

According to Jason Mercier, he was enduring his worst summer ever at this year’s World Series of Poker. However, not even a day later he found himself holding his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet after winning Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed for $633,357. The Team PokerStars Pro later took down the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $25,000 High Roller.

8. Connor Drinan

  • 16 cashes
  • $4,793,774 annual earnings
  • Biggest cash: $3,225,000 (3rd $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl)

Dzmitry Urbanovich’s fourth Malta title came in a €220 side event, whereas Connor Drinan’s biggest cash of the year came in the whopping $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl in Vegas. The three players rounding out this year’s top 10 all cashed in the event won by Brian Rast back in July. However Drinan enjoyed success in other events as well including a WSOP final table in Event #49: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low and coming 2nd in the EPT Malta €25k High Roller.

Scott Seiver

9. Scott Seiver

  • 16 cashes
  • $7,920,590 annual earnings
  • Biggest cash: $5,160,000 (2nd $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl)

Don’t rub your eyes. That isn’t a mistake. That is a second place prize of over $5m. 43 players each stumped up $500,000 and Seiver was lucky/unlucky enough to finish runner-up. It was a great year for Seiver who made double final tables at both the $100,000 and $250,000 Challenge Tournaments at the Aussie Millions earlier in the year. With just under $8m, he’s also the player with the highest annual earnings in this year’s top 10 so congratulations! Don’t spend it all at once!

5f0d871adf10. Eric Seidel

  • 17 cashes
  • $5,093,703 annual earnings
  • Biggest cash: $2,222,222 (EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller)

Another player who final tabled both the $100,000 and $250,000 Challenge tournaments was poker legend Eric Seidel. However it was later in the year where Seidel hit his stride, culminating in winning the EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller, besting Dzmitry Urbanovich heads-up, and jumping him from fifth to third on poker’s all-time money list ahead of Phil Ivey and Daniel Colman.