Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3

Mike McDonald PCA

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 January 13, 2016.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
119
Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3 101
Mike McDonald3,354.56
222
Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3 102
Jonathan Duhamel3,312.95
325
Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3 103
Mike Leah3,230.90
426
Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3 104
Sam Greenwood3,226.11
540
Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3 105
Daniel Dvoress2,951.78
665
Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3 106
Sam Chartier2,607.05
767
Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3 107
Daniel Negreanu2,563.49
874
Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3 108
Andrew Chen2,522.72
984
Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3 109
Ami Barer2,450.42
10116
Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3 110
Sorel Mizzi2,253.86

In Week 2 of 2016, Mike McDonald continues to hold the top spot just above Jonathan Duhamel, but Mike Leah has hopped over Sam Greenwood to take the third spot on Team Canada. Leah picked up points at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) where he won Event #12 for $100,000, came 20th in the Latin America Poker Tour Main Event, and finished fourth in Event #37.

The only other change was Andrew Chen tumbling two spots due to older results degrading in value, giving Sam Chartier and Daniel Negreanu the advantage of one rung higher on the ladder.

GPI Player of the Year

Once more we’re sitting tight here for the first few weeks of the year as players start collecting results to help spark the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race and see who jumps out in front in the effort to succeed 2015 GPI POY Byron Kaverman.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Steve O’Dwyer4,182.78+1
2Nick Petrangelo4,030.13+2
3Byron Kaverman4,022.13-2
4Anthony Zinno3,953.59-1
5Jason Mercier3,895.52+1
6Bryn Kenney3,861.26+2
7Fedor Holz3,840.23-2
8David Peters3,714.78+2
9Kevin MacPhee3,659.44-2
10Martin Finger3,634.50-1

We knew after a week’s worth of events at the 2016 PCA in the Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas — with all of the GPI’s top-ranked players involved — there would be some activity at the top this week.

Interestingly, the top 10 players all remain the same from a week ago, although each moved up or down one or two spots. The most notable move comes at the top, of course, with Steve O’Dwyer at long last assuming the title of the world’s top-ranked tournament player for the first time in his career.

An almost-permanent fixture near the top of the GPI rankings since their introduction in 2011, O’Dwyer finally moves up to No. 1 after kicking off 2016 in familiar fashion, winning the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller to start the festival, then adding a cash in the Main Event as well.

Since mid-2011, O’Dwyer has spent over 100 weeks inside the top 10, usually not falling far from the top group during the time he hasn’t been ranked that highly. O’Dwyer becomes the 12th player in the history of the GPI to be ranked No. 1, ending Kaverman’s 14-week reign at the top.

Nick Petrangelo, who also cashed in that same $50K Single-Day High Roller (finishing eighth), also hits a career-high by moving up to No. 2, while $100K Super High Roller winner Bryn Kenney moved up this week from No. 8 to No. 6.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
162 Mike Gorodinsky1,994.88
202 Daniel Weinman1,850.83
234
Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3 111
Timothy Adams1,779.45
252 Leo Fernandez1,746.38
260 Chad Eveslage1,704.03
283 Joe Ebanks1,653.41
286 Charlie Carrel1,650.95
288 Ben Heath1,648.49
290 Simeon Naydenov1,638.47
291 Leon Hsu1,636.95
292 Jason Koon1,635.98
298 David Tuthill1,617.21
299 Ryan Van Sanford1,612.44

Thirteen players have jumped up into the newest GPI top 300 rankings, most of whom did so on the strength of their performances at the PCA over the last week.

The new Canadian in the ranks is Timothy Adams in No. 234 after he finished 11th in the $50,000 High Roller at PCA.

Mike Gorodinsky is the highest-ranked of this group. He moved up from No. 324 to No. 162 after final-tabling two side events at the PCA, including winning a $5,300 NLH 8-Handed Turbo. A 21st-place showing by Daniel Weinman in the LAPT Bahamas Main Event won by Georgios Sitoropoulos helped Weinman jump back up into the rankings as well, going from No. 342 to No. 202.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
162Mike Gorodinsky1,994.88+162
291Leon Hsu1,636.95+154
202Daniel Weinman1,850.83+140
252Leo Fernandez1,746.38+112
260Chad Eveslage1,704.03+96

Gorodinsky and Weinman were among the biggest gainers for the week as well among those in the GPI top 300. Leon Hsu also made a big jump this week from No. 445 to No. 291 after picking up a cash in the 2016 Macau Millions, thereby making his career debut inside the GPI top 300.

Biggest Drops

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
256 Justin Young1,738.05-82
300 Andrey Shatilov1,611.15-63
271 Arie Ori Miller1,675.20-58
255 Dietrich Fast1,740.68-58
221
Global Poker Index: McDonald Holds Top Spot and Leah Climbs to No. 3 112
Shyam Srinivasan1,811.04-57

Finally, looking at those who fell the furthest yet remained inside the top 300 this week, Justin Young fell the most after going from No. 174 to No. 256, while Andrey Shatilov just barely stayed on the list after falling from No. 237 to No. 300.

Toronto, Ontario's Shyam Srinivasan also lost 57 spots due to the older results losing value, especially last year's 10th-place finish in the PCA Main Event.

What to Expect Next Week

There are still a few results left to be determined in the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, including both the $5,300 Main Event and the $25,000 High Roller. Meanwhile the focus is already starting to turn toward Melbourne as the 2016 Aussie Millions is already underway.

Be sure to follow PokerNews’ live reporting from the PCA here. And the team is on hand at the Aussie Millions, too, for comprehensive coverage of the many events down under.

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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