Global Poker Index: Jonathan Duhamel Holds On to Top Canadian Spot
Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player’s results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list, visit the official GPI website. Here’s a look at the rankings as of September 16, 2015.
GPI Top 10 Canadians (the #EhTeam)
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We see Canada's only WSOP Main Event Champion continuing to hold the top spot in the nation. Aside from some a couple of small cashes at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in mid-August, Jonathan Duhamel hasn't earned any significant points since his 565th-place finish in this year's WSOP Main Event.
However, Mike McDonald added a heap of points with four great results in high-priced EPT Barcelona events and is closing in on first place. His four cashes were for 43rd in the Main Event, 12th in both the Super High Roller and High Roller, and fifth in another High Roller. If he can continue this trajectory, McDonald will soon be the top-ranked player in the country.
2015 GPI Player of the Year
No news is good news for Anthony Zinno, who after another quiet seven days remains the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year leader for an 11th-straight week. None of the top 10 changed this week, with only minor movement happening through much of the top 50 spots.
A couple of exceptions to the relative calm included Brian Rast who jumped from No. 63 to No. 35 this week and Olivier Busquet who moved from No. 66 to No. 47.
GPI 300 Top 10
The overall GPI rankings were similarly stable this week with the top 10 players remaining the same and Jason Mercier enjoying a ninth-straight week in the top spot. Only Stephen Chidwick (now No. 7) and Davidi Kitai (now No. 8) swapped spots among the highest-ranked players.
Mercier, in fact, widened the gap between himself and Byron Kaverman in second position after Kaverman lost some points when his cash at the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star back in March entered the second aging period. Kaverman is No. 2 in both lists this week as he is also the nearest challenger at present to Zinno for POY.
Looking just below the top 10, Pratyush Buddiga jumped from No. 25 to No. 15 this week. Buddiga’s highest previous ranking was No. 2, most recently in February of this year.
Welcome to the GPI Top 300
There was a bit more movement at the other end of the GPI top 300 this week with 10 new players entering the list. Cary Katz is the highest-ranked of this group, having moved up from No. 448 to No. 233 after finishing third in one of the $25,000 ARIA High Roller events staged last week.
Marc-Etienne McLaughlin become one more Canadian within the top 300 by taking up the very last spot. He only recently left the top 300 and he hasn't added a new result since his deep run in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, so him climbing the ranks is due to many other players taking cuts to their points as they age.
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That jump made Katz the biggest gainer of the week among those in the top 300, with Griffin Paul the next-highest leaper. Paul, who most recently went deep in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event (finishing 13th) went from No. 454 all the way to No. 273 this week.
Incidentally, this marks Paul’s first week in the GPI top 300, while Jason Les and Antonin Duda are also making their debuts on the list.
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Meanwhile among the top 300 players this week Bahbak Oboodi endured the biggest fall after slipping from No. 226 to No. 291.
What to Expect Next Week
While the World Series of Poker Circuit is making a historic first visit to the Casino Campione in Italy, the WSOP-C is also landing over in West Palm Beach today for the start of another series at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. Meanwhile tomorrow sees the start of the Latin American Poker Tour Uruguay Main Event in Punta del Este.