Global Poker Index: Negreanu Falls to Bottom of Team Canada Roster; McDonald Still Leads

Daniel Negreanu

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 20, 2016.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
122
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Falls to Bottom of Team Canada Roster; McDonald Still Leads 101
Mike McDonald3,354.56
224
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Falls to Bottom of Team Canada Roster; McDonald Still Leads 102
Jonathan Duhamel3,332.38
328
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Falls to Bottom of Team Canada Roster; McDonald Still Leads 103
Mike Leah3,230.90
429
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Falls to Bottom of Team Canada Roster; McDonald Still Leads 104
Sam Greenwood3,226.11
545
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Falls to Bottom of Team Canada Roster; McDonald Still Leads 105
Daniel Dvoress2,931.81
661
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Falls to Bottom of Team Canada Roster; McDonald Still Leads 106
Sam Chartier2,749.26
768
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Falls to Bottom of Team Canada Roster; McDonald Still Leads 107
Ami Barer2,669.46
872
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Falls to Bottom of Team Canada Roster; McDonald Still Leads 108
Mike Watson2,625.58
976
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Falls to Bottom of Team Canada Roster; McDonald Still Leads 109
Andrew Chen2,597.37
1079
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Falls to Bottom of Team Canada Roster; McDonald Still Leads 110
Daniel Negreanu2,563.49

In Week 3 of 2016, Mike McDonald continues to lead Team Canada as the top tournament player in the country. In fact, the top six places didn't see any change this week over last. But in seventh place, Ami Barer made the leap two spots from No. 9 after he booked two deep runs at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA).

After Mike Watson won the PCA Main Event for $728,325 last week, he went from not quite making Canada's top 10 to sitting in No. 8.

The biggest tumble was that of arguably the best-known player in the game. Daniel Negreanu slid all the way to No. 10 — the bottom spot on Team Canada — as he has yet to record a cash this year.

These 10 players also happen to be all of the Canadians within the top 100 players, globally.

GPI Player of the Year

The Global Poker Index has already begun tabulating totals for the 2016 GPI Player of the Year as players collect their first cashes here in January. Soon in this space we’ll begin to share how that race is shaping up as the first contenders emerge to try to follow 2015’s winner Byron Kaverman as the next GPI POY.

Meanwhile, let’s examine this week’s overall rankings.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Steve O’Dwyer4,172.11-
2Jason Mercier4,044.06+3
3Nick Petrangelo4,030.13-1
4Byron Kaverman4,022.13-1
5Anthony Zinno3,953.59-1
6Fedor Holz3,872.02+1
7Bryn Kenney3,861.26-1
8David Peters3,714.78-
9Stephen Chidwick3,662.81+6
10Kevin MacPhee3,659.44-1

After taking over the lead in the GPI rankings for the first time last week, Steve O’Dwyer enjoyed a second week at No. 1 as there wasn’t a great deal of movement among those at the top.

There is a new No. 2 this week, however, as Jason Mercier charged up three spots from No. 5 to get back close to the lead once again. Mercier has been ranked No. 1 before in the GPI, most recently leading the rankings for 10 weeks from mid-July through September of last year. Mercier earned a couple of cashes at the recently completed PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, including a 20th-place finish in the Main Event won by Mike Watson.

Stephen Chidwick also moved up this week to reenter the top 10, going from No. 15 to No. 9 after also going deep the PCA Main Event where he finished 14th. Chidwick has continued his strong play as well, having just yesterday won the $2,500 8-Game Mixed Event at the 2016 Aussie Millions.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
138Andy Philachack2,182.93
187Chance Kornuth1,956.71
209Alexander Lynsky1,875.13
222Josh Beckley1,836.48
225Andrey Zaichenko1,832.13
227Anthony Gregg1,827.54
260Matt Affleck1,763.71
272Rocco Palumbo1,728.02
274Dylan Linde1,716.41
277Michael Rocco1,708.86
284Craig Varnell1,678.55
290David Nicholson1,665.28
293Josip Simunic1,661.90
295Greg Merson1,655.34

Largely thanks to results from the PCA, there are 14 newcomers joining this week’s GPI top 300. That said, the top-ranked among this group, Andy Philachack, picked up points elsewhere by winning the World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Main Event where he topped a huge 1,565-entry field to win a $393,188 first prize.

PCA Main Event runner-up Anthony Gregg is also among the latest top 300 list after moving up from No. 498 to No. 277. Gregg also finished second in the PCA Main Event in 2009, and finished sixth in the same event in 2012. Gregg’s previous highest GPI ranking was No. 85 in July 2013, just after he won the $111,111 One Drop High Roller at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
222Josh Beckley1,836.48+463
227Anthony Gregg1,827.54+271
295Greg Merson1,655.34+228
225Andrey Zaichenko1,832.13+218
138Andy Philachack2,182.93+200

Gregg was one of the biggest gainers this week, as was 2015 WSOP Main Event runner-up Josh Beckley after taking fourth-place in the $25,000 High Roller at the PCA won by Nick Maimone.

Greg Merson and Andrey Zaichenko also went deep in that $25K High Roller, with Merson making it to 13th and Zaichenko all of the way to sixth, thereby helping both players make big gains in the rankings this week as well.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
283David Vamplew1,680.35-87
203Ivan Soshnikov1,906.89-50
297Rajaee Wazwaz1,653.99-28
299Vyacheslav Stoyanov1,652.13-27
194Mihails Morozovs1,935.82-24

Finally, among players still in the top 300 David Vamplew dropped the most this week after going from No. 196 to No. 283.

What to Expect Next Week

The focus has turned to Melbourne, Australia this week as the 2016 Aussie Millions is already well underway. The PokerNews live reporting team is providing comprehensive coverage of all of the events from the Aussie Millions, with the several high rollers and Main Event still to come.

Also worth keeping an eye on is the WSOP International Circuit Marrakech Main Event which kicked off today. Follow live updates from Morocco as well by clicking here.

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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