Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Holds Top Spot in Canada, Drops from Global Top 10

Mike McDonald

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 November 4, 2015.

GPI Top 10 Canadians (the #EhTeam)

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
114
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Holds Top Spot in Canada, Drops from Global Top 10 101
Mike McDonald3,607.50
216
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Holds Top Spot in Canada, Drops from Global Top 10 102
Jonathan Duhamel3,571.96
329
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Holds Top Spot in Canada, Drops from Global Top 10 103
Sorel Mizzi3,267.25
441
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Holds Top Spot in Canada, Drops from Global Top 10 104
Sam Greenwood3,084.60
542
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Holds Top Spot in Canada, Drops from Global Top 10 105
Mike Leah3,057.45
644
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Holds Top Spot in Canada, Drops from Global Top 10 106
Daniel Negreanu3,026.83
768
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Holds Top Spot in Canada, Drops from Global Top 10 107
Ami Barer2,652.23
869
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Holds Top Spot in Canada, Drops from Global Top 10 108
Mike Watson2,648.39
971
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Holds Top Spot in Canada, Drops from Global Top 10 109
Daniel Dvoress2,639.34
1096
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Holds Top Spot in Canada, Drops from Global Top 10 110
Sam Chartier2,418.96

It's Mike McDonald's second consecutive week as the top Canadian. He managed to hold on to the No. 1 spot despite losing over 100 points from aging results. He did, however, slip outside of the global top 10, now sitting as No. 14 in the world.

This week, we see Sam Greenwood jump from No. 6 in the country to No. 4 after he made two final tables at European Poker Tour Malta. His first was in the €25,000 High Roller, followed by the €5,000 Main Event. Together, they earned him more than €235,000 and almost 700 GPI points.

Daniel Dvoress was also on the EPT Malta €5,000 Main Event final table. He finished seventh for €91,550 and climbed above Sam Chartier to take the No. 9 spot on Team Canada.

2015 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Byron Kaverman4736.90+1
2Anthony Zinno4606.62-1
3Nicholas Petrangelo4406.04-
4Dzmitry Urbanovich4095.19-
5Jason Mercier4076.07-
6Steve O’Dwyer4070.13-
7Dominik Nitsche3848.66+6
8Scott Seiver3834.10-
9Connor Drinan3771.11-2
10Erik Seidel3759.92-1

It was late June when Anthony Zinno won the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller event at the 2015 World Series of Poker to claim his first career bracelet, his fifth cash of the summer (all final tables, in fact), helping him catapult into the top spot of the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year standings.

Zinno would remain in first position for the next 17 weeks, but finally this week someone has managed to catch him to take over No. 1 in the POY race. Despite the fact that Zinno collected both a victory and a runner-up in the recently completed European Poker Tour Malta festival, Byron Kaverman has overtaken him to take the POY lead with two months left to go.

Kaverman likewise had a strong EPT12 Malta, final-tabling the €25,750 High Roller (finishing fifth), just missing the final table of the €10,200 Single Day High Roller (taking ninth), then winning the €10,300 High Roller. In the latter event, Kaverman topped a big 168-entry field to earn a €430,800 first prize.

Dominik Nitsche also made a move upwards in the POY standings this week, going from No. 13 to No. 6 after cashing in both the €10,300 High Roller and the €5,300 Main Event in Malta.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Byron Kaverman4379.14-
2Jason Mercier4264.20-
3Anthony Zinno3993.77-
4Nicholas Petrangelo3816.52+1
5Bryn Kenney3815.83+7
6Davidi Kitai3768.63+1
7Scott Seiver3757.87-3
8Paul Volpe3745.62-
9Dominik Nitsche3710.99+4
10Steve O’Dwyer3700.14-

Kaverman’s jump over Zinno in the GPI POY race means he leads both GPI lists this week as he remains atop the overall GPI rankings. Jason Mercier had moved within three points of Kaverman a week ago, but Kaverman’s High Roller win at Malta gave him a little breathing room as he secured his status as the world’s top-ranked live tournament player for a sixth-straight week.

Nitsche also moved back into the top 10 of the GPI overall rankings, moving up from No. 13 to No. 9. And Bryn Kenney likewise rejoins the top 10, moving from No. 12 to No. 7 after picking up a cash in the EPT12 Malta Main Event and final tabling the €10,300 High Roller (finishing seventh). Kenney’s highest-ever GPI ranking was No. 2 in January of this year.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
238Johnny Lodden1822.10
261Tristan Wade1783.74
272Brian Roberts1772.69
273Rainer Kempe1768.10
274Seth Berger1767.70
279Diogo Cardoso1754.29
285Alexander Kumin1747.27
286Jens Lakemeier1746.66
300Oliver Weis1709.05

Nine players earned enough points this week to move into the overall GPI top 300, with Johnny Lodden the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 303 to No. 238.

Lodden’s 29th-place finish in the EPT12 Malta Main Event helped him make the upward move. The Norwegian’s highest-ever GPI ranking has been No. 98 in May 2013.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
273Rainer Kempe1768.10+125
176Roberto Romanello2003.58+97
215Jose Quintas1889.51+82
204Giacomo Fundaro1925.87+73
274Seth Berger1767.70+73

Of players inside the GPI top 300, Rainer Kempe was the biggest gainer after moving up from No. 398 to No. 273. Two cashes at EPT12 Malta including a final table appearance in the Main Event where Kempe finished fifth helped the German join the top 300 for the first time in his career.

Meanwhile Jose Quintas appears on this “Biggest Gains” list for a second-straight week, having made a big move again from No. 297 to No. 215 after cashing five times in Malta, making three final tables and just missing a fourth.

Biggest Drops

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
239 Tom Hall1821.78-115
296 Joao Simao1721.89-79
291 Louis Salter1731.84-72
205
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Holds Top Spot in Canada, Drops from Global Top 10 111
Max Greenwood1920.49-57
282 Roman Korenev1752.45-53

Finally as we look at players retaining their top 300 spots, Tom Hall dropped the furthest after slipping from No. 124 to No. 239 this week.

Max Greenwood has lost 57 spots as he hasn't found a live tournament result since his deep run in this summer's WSOP Main Event.

What to Expect Next Week

While the poker world focuses on the completion of the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table in Las Vegas this coming Sunday through Tuesday, there’s plenty of other tournament action ongoing elsewhere as well.

The WSOP Circuit is completing its first- ever stop at Rozvodov, Czech Republic where both a €25,000 Super High Roller and the Main Event play out this weekend. Follow all of the action here as PokerNews is providing live updates from both events.

There are also two more $25K High Rollers happening at the Aria Resort & Casino tomorrow and Saturday, the L.A. Poker Open getting underway at the Commerce Casino, the 888Live Local Series is touching down at the Aspers in Milton Keynes, England, and the 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour UK Main Event is playing out at the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham where PokerNews is on hand as well providing live updates.

To view both the 2015 Player of the Year and GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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