Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Leads Team Canada for Second Week

Sam Greenwood

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 May 5, 2016.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
121
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Leads Team Canada for Second Week 101
Sam Greenwood3,360.60
227
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Leads Team Canada for Second Week 102
Mike McDonald3,227.35
337
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Leads Team Canada for Second Week 103
Mike Leah3,073.23
438
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Leads Team Canada for Second Week 104
Ari Engel3,072.64
542
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Leads Team Canada for Second Week 105
Sam Chartier3,016.99
651
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Leads Team Canada for Second Week 106
Daniel Dvoress2,897.78
763
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Leads Team Canada for Second Week 107
Jonathan Duhamel2,707.53
889
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Leads Team Canada for Second Week 108
Andrew Chen2,470.49
9100
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Leads Team Canada for Second Week 109
Ami Barer2,418.51
10102
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Leads Team Canada for Second Week 110
Daniel Negreanu2,400.00

Sam Greenwood leads Team Canada for the second week and has climbed to No. 21 globally which is a new personal best for him. Mike Leah also jumped a spot to take over No. 3 from Ari Engel, and you might think that would be due to his latest WSOP Circuit ring won in Montreal last week, but that win wasn't worth enough to be added to his score. Instead, it is Engel's degraded score that puts him just barely under Leah on the roster.

The only other movement among Canada's top 10 is Andrew Chen leapfrogging Ami Barer to take over the No. 8 spot. Daniel Negreanu continues to hold down the bottom spot on the team in No. 10.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Steve O’Dwyer4,370.91-
2Bryn Kenney4,248.01-
3Fedor Holz4,106.34+5
4Jason Mercier4,030.56-1
5Nick Petrangelo3,989.70-
6Dominik Nitsche3,979.44-2
7Connor Drinan3,910.01-1
8Anthony Zinno3,888.85-1
9Tom Marchese3,775.18-
10David Peters3,695.19+1

The 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final is moving toward its last couple of days, meaning results from the many preliminary events in the two-week long festival in Monte Carlo have had some effect on the overall GPI rankings.

Not too much has changed at the very top, where Steve O’Dwyer has managed to remain at No. 1 for a 17th-straight week despite not adding any points so far at the European Poker Tour’s final Season 12 stop. O’Dwyer did cash by finishing ninth in the €50,000 Super High Roller last week won by Fabian Quoss, although that finish didn’t give him GPI points.

Bryn Kenney also only has one small cash in Monaco thus far, but holds onto the No. 2 spot for a second week, his career-high ranking. Meanwhile of the top 10 players in the current GPI rankings Fedor Holz is having the best series with four cashes and three final tables, helping him move up from No. 8 to No. 3, also his career-best since first entering the rankings a little over two years ago.

Looking at others in the top 10 and how they’ve done in Monaco, Dominik Nitsche (No. 6) final-tabled the €2,200 France Poker Series High Roller, finishing eighth. Anthony Zinno also took sixth in the €10,300 High Roller won by Chance Kornuth. And David Peters (No. 10) cashed in eighth in the €50K Super High Roller.

Just below the top 10 is Paul Volpe who vaulted up from No. 31 to No. 12 after getting points for his recent victory in the $2,700 buy-in Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
222Jonathan Borenstein1,855.87
227Aliaksei Boika1,841.45
269Paul Newey1,739.51
290Vlad Darie1,691.79
296Jean-Noel Thorel1,681.44

Despite a lot of movement throughout the rankings this week, there are only five new names in the top 300, with Jonathan Borenstein the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 334 to No. 222. A fifth-place finish in that aforementioned Borgata Spring Poker Open helped Borenstein spring up into the top 300 list for the first time in his career.

The other four players on this list have all been in the top 300 before, the most notable recent finish among them acheived by Paul Newey who took fifth in the €100,000 Super High Roller.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
269Paul Newey1,739.51+136
296Jean-Noel Thorel1,681.44+113
129Fabian Quoss2,214.79+112
222Jonathan Borenstein1,855.87+112
227Aliaksei Boika1,841.45109

Nearly all the newcomers to this week’s top 300 also comprise the list of biggest gainers, the exception being Quoss who as noted won the €50,000 Super High Roller. His previous best ranking has been No. 32 (in April 2013).

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
285Yingui Li1,700.16-58
229Ludovic Geilich1,839.56-56
266Richardo Alvarado1,748.58-55
154Thomas Muehloecker2,105.20-50
142Dan Smith2,159.40-40
157Artur Koren2,086.55-40

Finally, among those still in the top 300, Yingui Li fell the furthest since last week, going from No. 227 to No. 285.

What to Expect Next Week

There’s still a lot of side event action left to go at the EPT Grand Final, as well as the completion of the €25,750 High Roller and €5,300 Main Event. Stay close to PokerNews for for continuing coverage of the final events of the EPT’s Season 12.

To view the 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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