Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Retakes Top Canadian Spot

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 July 27, 2016.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
137
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Retakes Top Canadian Spot 101
Mike McDonald3,139.82
243
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Retakes Top Canadian Spot 102
Mike Leah3,070.98
346
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Retakes Top Canadian Spot 103
Sam Chartier3,024.29
448
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Retakes Top Canadian Spot 104
Ari Engel2,990.14
550
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Retakes Top Canadian Spot 105
Sam Greenwood2,964.78
663
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Retakes Top Canadian Spot 106
Mike Watson2,767.27
777
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Retakes Top Canadian Spot 107
Daniel Negreanu2,690.11
882
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Retakes Top Canadian Spot 108
Jonathan Duhamel2,645.83
990
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Retakes Top Canadian Spot 109
Timothy Adams2,605.01
10115
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Retakes Top Canadian Spot 110
Andrew Chen2,405.03

It was a tough week for Sam Greenwood as some big scores degraded in value due to the ageing factor. He went from leading Team Canada to sitting in fifth place in a single week. That allowed Mike McDonald to take over the top spot. Ari Engel also lost some points, giving Sam Chartier a double jump despite having the same score as last week.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3,389.32-
2Adrian Mateos3,034.62-
3Chance Kornuth3,016.86+1
4Paul Volpe2,871.85-1
5Jason Mercier2,812.00-
6Dominik Nitsche2,799.02-
7David Peters2,761.45-
8Ivan Luca2,722.47-
9Dietrich Fast2,622.28-
10Bryn Kenney2,606.87-

The top of the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year leaderboard remained mostly quiet this week with Fedor Holz maintaining his lead for the seventh-straight week.

In fact, each of the top 10 players remains the same from the last update, with only Chance Kornuth (now at No. 3) and Paul Volpe (No. 4) swapping positions.

Looking just below the top 10, Samuel Panzica has made a move up from No. 27 to No. 15. Among Panzica's early 2016 highlights was a victory in the €10,300 High Roller event at the European Poker Tour Dublin stop in February. Panzica has added a number of cashes since then, including a big win a week ago in the 2016 Florida State Poker Championships Main Event that helped him make his most recent jump in the POY list.

Also worth noting, Jon Turner leaped from No. 164 to No. 48 in the POY list after winning the $5,000 Deep Stack Extravaganza III where he topped a 537-entry field of to earn a $536,858 payday. Also, Barry Hutter catapulted from No. 110 to No. 49 following a second-place showing in the $1,600 Wynn Summer Classic Championship Event.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4,727.64-
2Jason Mercier4,346.90-
3Nick Petrangelo4,191.55-
4Anthony Zinno4,041.85-
5David Peters4,013.81+2
6Bryn Kenney4,009.82+2
7Tom Marchese3,963.59-1
8Dominik Nitsche3,954.82+1
9Steve O'Dwyer3,894.40-4
10Adrian Mateos3,832.12-

Holz also stays on top of the overall GPI rankings for another week, making it seven weeks straight at No. 1 there as well.

The top four spots all are identical from a week ago, with some shuffling occurring below including Steve O'Dwyer — the player from whom Holz took over the rankings lead — slipping four spots to No. 9. The last time O'Dwyer found himself outside the top 10 was in November 2015.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
214Dan Heimiller2,022.83
215Jens Lakemeier2,019.98
231Javier Zarco1,986.63
255Artem Metalidi1,937.31
290Moritz Dietrich1,880.39
292Ali Fazeli1,873.94
297Jesse Alexis Cohen1,849.52
299Terry Fan1,848.37

During the final weeks of the 2016 World Series of Poker we were seeing more than 20 players jumping up into the overall GPI 300 each week (and, of course, the same number dropping out). But now that the summer portion of the WSOP has concluded and things have died down a bit, relatively speaking, the volatilty of the rankings has lessened as well.

Just eight players joined the newest top 300, with — cue the song "We're in the Money!" — Dan Heimiller the highest-ranked of the bunch after moving up from No. 380 to No. 214. Heimiller finished third in that aforementioned $5,000 NLH Deep Stack Extravaganza III event won by Jon Turner. He also made a relatively deep run to finish 137th in this year's WSOP Main Event.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
255Artem Metalidi1,937.31+236
214Dan Heimiller2,022.83+166
215Jens Lakemeier2,019.98+137
194Timothy Reilly2,080.55+98
155Jon Turner2,216.81+88

Heimiller's jump was the second-biggest of the week for those inside the top 300, topped only by Artem Metalidi who went from No. 491 all of the way to No. 255 after taking second in that same $5K Deep Stack event, with the tournament's winner Turner also making it onto the top five biggest gainers in the overall rankings.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
278Pascal Hartmann1,908.67-50
211Matt Glantz2,025.71-46
261Scott Davies1,930.52-40
206Raiden Kan2,044.94-33
238Rex Clinkscales1,978.08-33

Finally, looking only at players keeping spots in the top 300, Pascal Hartmann slipped the most after going from No. 228 to No. 278.

What to Expect Next Week

The Borgata Summer Poker Open has nearly reached a conclusion, while the World Poker Tour is in Durant, Oklahoma at the Choctaw Casino Resort through the start of August. The WPT Legends of Poker series also gets going today at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. And over in Europe the partypoker WPT National Rozvadov is in action at the Kings Casino.

Also, don't forget about the 2016 Seneca Summer Slam in Niagara Falls, which is where the PokerNews Live Reporting Team is currently, with live updates, chip counts, photos, and more.

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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