Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Tops Canadians and Matt Salsberg Joins Top 300

Mike McDonald Matt Salsberg

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 March 16, 2016.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
119
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Tops Canadians and Matt Salsberg Joins Top 300 101
Mike McDonald3,457.52
228
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Tops Canadians and Matt Salsberg Joins Top 300 102
Jonathan Duhamel3,302.12
331
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Tops Canadians and Matt Salsberg Joins Top 300 103
Sam Greenwood3,249.79
434
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Tops Canadians and Matt Salsberg Joins Top 300 104
Mike Leah3,178.56
545
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Tops Canadians and Matt Salsberg Joins Top 300 105
Ari Engel2,959.25
652
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Tops Canadians and Matt Salsberg Joins Top 300 106
Daniel Dvoress2,887.59
755
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Tops Canadians and Matt Salsberg Joins Top 300 107
Sam Chartier2,833.46
889
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Tops Canadians and Matt Salsberg Joins Top 300 108
Mike Watson2,499.13
993
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Tops Canadians and Matt Salsberg Joins Top 300 109
Ami Barer2,488.50
1096
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Tops Canadians and Matt Salsberg Joins Top 300 110
Andrew Chen2,472.93

Again, there was very little change in Team Canada this week. The roster remains the same except for the neck-and-neck race between Ami Barer and Mike Watson. They both lost points this week, but Watson lost less, giving him the thin edge and the No. 8 spot.

Mike McDonald continues to lead the Canadians but he hasn't logged a result since European Poker Tour Dublin in February, so whoever on this list makes a major, deep run soon will find themselves climbing the ranks.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Steve O’Dwyer4,430.60-
2Byron Kaverman4,220.10-
3Bryn Kenney4,064.73-
4Jason Mercier4,034.73-
5Connor Drinan4,006.82+2
6Dominik Nitsche3,961.988-
7Nick Petrangelo3,961.986-2
8Fedor Holz3,742.39+6
9Stephen Chidwick3,742.04+1
10Anthony Zinno3,742.02-2

Steve O’Dwyer makes it 10 weeks as the world’s top-ranked tournament player according to the GPI following a relatively quiet week at the top of the rankings. The top four spots all stayed the same this week, with Connor Drinan — on the heels of an eighth-place finish in the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship — improving two spots to No. 5 (a career-high).

There’s a virtual tie for No. 6 this week between Dominik Nitsche and Nick Petrangelo (note how we had to take it to a third decimal place with those two). And the next three players are also essentially even with Fedor Holz, Stephen Chidwick, and Anthony Zinno all within half a GPI point of each other.

Sitting just outside the top 10 this week are David Peters (No. 11), Sean Winter (No. 12), and Erik Seidel (No. 13).

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
208 Robbie Wazwaz1,907.93
228 Anthony Spinella1,851.48
239
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Tops Canadians and Matt Salsberg Joins Top 300 111
Matt Salsberg1,822.92
252 Mark Darner1,787.14
263 Aleksandr Gofman1,765.62
278 Griffin Paul1,722.49
279 Loni Harwood1,722.18
284 Derek Wolters1,714.52
286 Walid Bou Habib1,706.70
299 Kyle Bowker1,688.85
300 Terry Fan1,685.83

Looking down at the other end of this week’s GPI top 300, there are 11 new names on this week’s list with Robbie Wazwaz the top-ranked among them. A cash in the 2016 Chicago Poker Classic Championship (where he finished 20th) gave Wazwaz enough points to jump from No. 337 all of the way to No. 208, his highest ranking to date.

Other players among this group who are also hitting career peaks, rankings-wise, include Anthony Spinella (at No. 228), Derek Wolters (at No. 284), and Terry Fan (at No. 300).

The one new Canadian in the top 300 is Matt Salsberg who earned his way by winning a side event at the L.A. Poker Classic and then finishing 12th in World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
278Griffin Paul1,722.49+222
228Anthony Spinella1,851.48+184
263Aleksandr Gofman1,765.62+178
123Stefan Schillhabel2,273.68+161
252Mark Darner1,787.14+135

Griffin Paul almost reached a career-high this week after leaping from No. 500 to No. 278, just five spots shy of his previous best ranking of No. 273 last October. That made him the biggest gainer of the week among the top 300 players, the move facilitated by his fifth-place showing in that aforementioned WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship.

The winner of that event, Stefan Schillhabel, also benefited in terms of GPI points, and as a result he traveled upward from No. 284 to No. 123 this week. That’s a career-high for Schillhabel as well who just made his GPI top 300 debut a month ago.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
150Oliver Price2,156.42-45
233Eddy Sabat1,840.43-45
294Pascal Hartmann1,694.12-43
221Toby Lewis1,878.87-41
273Noah Bronstein1,735.63-38

Finally, looking only at those players who stayed in the top 300, Oliver Price fell the furthest after going from No. 105 to No. 150 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Series of Poker Circuit Los Angeles (at the Bicycle), the Hollywood Poker Open in St. Louis (at the Hollywood), and the Foxwoods Poker Classic in Mashantucket, Connecticut highlight the current tournament festival schedule as far as the United States is concerned.

Over in Europe the partypoker WPT Vienna is underway, as is the Norwegian Championships (in Dublin).

And in Morocco the 2016 Marrakech Poker Open Main Event gets started tomorrow, with start-to-finish coverage right here on PokerNews.

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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