Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald is Canada's Best for Another Week

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 April 6, 2016.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
123
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald is Canada's Best for Another Week 101
Mike McDonald3,338.24
226
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald is Canada's Best for Another Week 102
Sam Greenwood3,315.29
334
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald is Canada's Best for Another Week 103
Mike Leah3,178.56
441
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald is Canada's Best for Another Week 104
Jonathan Duhamel3,059.41
544
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald is Canada's Best for Another Week 105
Ari Engel3,002.33
648
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald is Canada's Best for Another Week 106
Daniel Dvoress2,888.21
750
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald is Canada's Best for Another Week 107
Sam Chartier2,865.12
886
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald is Canada's Best for Another Week 108
Mike Watson2,534.24
995
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald is Canada's Best for Another Week 109
Ami Barer2,461.08
1097
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald is Canada's Best for Another Week 110
Daniel Negreanu2,450.55

There was absolutely no change in Team Canada this week. The last part of March and into early April was very quiet for tournaments, so no points were gained and Mike McDonald continues to lead.

These 10 players are also all of the Canadians within the global top 100.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Steve O’Dwyer4,437.17-
2Byron Kaverman4,244.32-
3Bryn Kenney4,158.56-
4Jason Mercier4,019.44-
5Connor Drinan3,975.62-
6Dominik Nitsche3,973.18-
7Fedor Holz3,878.63-
8Nick Petrangelo3,832.54-
9Tom Marchese3,787.49+11
10Anthony Zinno3,756.48-1

There was zero movement among the top eight players in the overall Global Poker Index rankings this week, meaning Steve O’Dwyer has retained the No. 1 spot for a 13th-straight week.

At No. 9, however, arrives a newcomer — Tom Marchese. Marchese has been steadily accumulating big scores in high roller events, in particular the $25,000 buy-in ARIA High Roller events that play out each month. Marchese won that one at the ARIA three times last year, and in fact he has already won it three more times in 2016.

Last weekend Marchese took first on Friday and then third on Saturday in the event to accumulate enough points to jump from No. 20 to No. 9 in the rankings. It’s a return to the top 10 for Marchese, who in the past has been ranked as high as No. 5 (in September 2011) and was last in the top 10 in October 2011.

Incidentally, the player who Marchese jumped over in the rankings — Anthony Zinno at No. 10 — will be his heads-up opponent today as Week 1 of the inaugural Global Poker League concludes. Zinno was ranked No. 1 in the GPI for a couple of weeks during July 2015.

Marchese will represent the New York Rounders versus Zinno playing for the Las Vegas Moneymakers, with their three-game match starting at 6 p.m. EDT. Today’s GPL action cranks up at 1 p.m. EDT and can be followed live on the GPL Twitch channel.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
204Dan Shak1,900.17
232Jason Les1,815.35
265Salvatore Dicarlo1,746.41
277Nick Pupillo1,728.32
282Bobby Oboodi1,721.33
286Alexander Greenblatt1,711.58
293Cate Hall1,697.24
297James Calderaro1,685.85

Eight new names to report entering the overall top 300 this week, with Dan Shak the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 331 to No. 204. Shak took third himself in that ARIA High Roller won by Marchese last Friday, giving him the points to rejoin the list.

Meanwhile two players are making their GPI top 300 debuts this week.

A couple of cashes at the WSOP Circuit Los Angeles festival helped Salvatore Dicarlo move up from No. 304 to No. 265 to join this week’s list. And a cash in the Main Event at the WSOP Circuit Baltimore gave Cate Hall enough points to move up from No. 311 to No. 293, her first week inside the top 300.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
297James Calderaro1,685.85+134
282Bobby Oboodi1,721.33+130
204Dan Shak1,900.17+127
232Jason Les1,815.35+83
210Gerald Karlic1,880.41+62

Shak’s upward move earned him a spot on the “Biggest Gains” list, although both James Calderaro and Bobby Oboodi enjoyed slightly higher gains in the rankings over the last seven days.

Both players’ moved up thanks to final tabling the WSOP Circuit Baltimore Main Event won by Joseph Cappello. Calderaro took sixth in the event while Obbodi lasted to finish in fifth.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
285Hunter Cichy1,713.06-51
268Raiden Kan1,741.50-47
212Nathan Bjerno1,871.78-38
280Anthony Ruberto1,722.51-33
271Chris Bolek1,735.38-33

Finally when considering only those inside this week’s GPI top 300, Hunter Cichy fell the furthest after going from No. 238 to No. 271.

What to Expect Next Week

The WSOP Circuit has already moved on again, touching down in Iowa for the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs festival. The 30-event World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series is underway as well in Hollywood, Florida.

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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