The list of top poker players are released by the Global Poker Index and the ranking is calculated according to the formula exercised by the USA Today Global Poker Index scoring system where the results of the players achieved over six half year periods are taken for consideration.

The rank shows Dzmitry Urbanovich at the top with 2438.10 points, followed by Connor Drinan with 2165.00 points at the second spot. Nicholas Petrangelo with 2152.17 points came third while Ivan Luca took the fourth place with a tally of 2119.02.

Dzmitry for the fourth consecutive has managed to retain the No.1 spot as there is no movement detected among the top ten players figured in the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. There is however some movement down the ranks below and you see Michael Wang climbing to the No.25 place from a distant No.63. This was attributed to the third place finish he achieved at the 2015 PaddyPower Irish Open and the index also included these points.

The overall GPI ranking also experienced a quiet week and only Scott Seiver and Davidi Kitai business spots which saw Kitai climbing to No.2. Similar exchange of ranks was traded by Bryn Kenny and Jason Mercier, which found Kenny occupying the No.6 place.

The most significant news however was related to Ole Schemion, who had kept the top rank for 17 weeks straight, thus coming equal to the record for the longest GPI rankings reign at the top. We had also reported last week that Dan Smith has enjoyed a similar 17-weeks stay from August to December 2014 and Mercier from May to September 2013. This would also mean that Schemion is in a position to capture the No.1 spot for the longest reign for him if he stays at the top for just another week.