Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes Top Spot Among Canadians

Mike Leah

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 August 10, 2016.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
144
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes Top Spot Among Canadians 101
Mike Leah3,035.10
245
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes Top Spot Among Canadians 102
Sam Chartier3,024.29
347
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes Top Spot Among Canadians 103
Ari Engel2,990.14
450
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes Top Spot Among Canadians 104
Sam Greenwood2,964.78
552
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes Top Spot Among Canadians 105
Mike McDonald2,944.63
662
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes Top Spot Among Canadians 106
Mike Watson2,767.27
772
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes Top Spot Among Canadians 107
Daniel Negreanu2,686.96
881
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes Top Spot Among Canadians 108
Jonathan Duhamel2,647.51
987
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes Top Spot Among Canadians 109
Timothy Adams2,620.01
10124
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes Top Spot Among Canadians 110
Daniel Dvoress2,374.81

There's a new Mike in charge! After a disastrous week for Mike McDonald as old results lost value, he went from the top of the list of Canada's best to No. 5. In his place, Mike Leah took over the role of captain for Team Canada right after he won his fourth WSOP Circuit ring, even though that win didn't add to his points because of too many better results already on his record.

The only other change on the roster came from the loss of Andrew Chen in the No. 10 spot. Daniel Dvoress now occupies that slot, again because of lost points as Chen slipped in the rankings.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3,389.32-
2Paul Volpe3,095.05-
3Adrian Mateos3,034.62-
4Chance Kornuth3,016.86-
5Jason Mercier2,812.00-
6Dominik Nitsche2,799.02-
7David Peters2,761.45-
8Ivan Luca2,722.47-
9Dietrich Fast2,622.28-
10Bryn Kenney2,606.87-

No movement at all to report this week, POY-wise, as the top 10 remains identical from seven days ago with Fedor Holz the pace-setter again for a ninth-straight week.

In fact, you have to look all of the way down to the bottom of the top 40 to find any movement at all on the 2016 Player of the Year list. That’s where Jon Turner sits after moving up from No. 52 to No. 38 on the heels of his recent victory in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the Deep Stack Extravaganza III. Turner then added a few more POY points last week after a third-place finish in a $580 prelim at the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at Harrah’s Cherokee.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4,727.64-
2Jason Mercier4,364.67-
3Byron Kaverman4,323.18+8
4Nick Petrangelo4,191.55-1
5Anthony Zinno4,054.53-1
6David Peters4,013.81-1
7Bryn Kenney3,995.55-1
8Dominik Nitsche3,980.59-1
9Tom Marchese3,925.82-1
10Steve O'Dwyer3,877.25-1

Holz enjoys a ninth week atop the overall Global Poker Index rankings as well, with everyone else immediately below him essentially staying put aside from one conspicuous exception.

Byron Kaverman shot up from No. 11 to No. 3 this week thanks to his back-to-back victories in $25,000 ARIA High Rollers last weekend. You might have read about those victories here: Byron Kaverman Banks $500K in Taking Pair of Weekend High Rollers.”

On Friday, Kaverman took the win after a three-way chop, topping a 27-entry field to earn $226,227. Then on Saturday he won a second $25K tournament outright, earning $276,000 for besting a 23-entry field.

Kaverman began 2016 as the top-ranked tournament player in the world, enjoying a 15th-straight week at No. 1 in early January. He was then knocked off the pedestal by Steve O’Dwyer who led the rankings for 22 weeks in a row before Holz took over the lead in mid-June.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
285Adam Owen1,870.93
291Ariel Celestino1,851.65
295Jan Schwippert1,843.36
298Andreas Freund1,837.64
299Jesse Alexis Cohen1,836.85
300Jerry Wong1,832.60

There are only six new names in this week’s overal top 300, the GPI reports, all of whom enter the list near the bottom. Adam Owen is the highest-ranked of the group at No. 285, moving up just slightly from No. 306, while 2016 November Niner Jerry Wong enters at No. 300, his first appearance on the list since January 2014.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
206Ali Fazeli2,043.74+80
181Dan Shak2,113.56+36
116Ian O’Hara2,405.96+26
257Brian Hastings1,925.29+23
285Adam Owen1,870.93+21

Ali Fazeli enjoyed the biggest upward move among the top 300 players this week, going from No. 286 to No. 206 after a fourth-place finish in one of those ARIA High Rollers won by Kaverman.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
188Randy Pfeifer2,098.36-26
148Brian Altman2,254.77-20
246Vojtech Ruzicka1,947.84-20
266Ben Dobson1,915.54-19
233Weiyi Zhang1,964.59-17

Finally, none of those appearing on the “Biggest Drops” list this week (which considers only the GPI top 300 players) fell very far, relatively speaking, with Randy Pfeifer enduring the biggest tumble after going from No. 162 to No. 188. Another November Niner appears here, too, as Vojtech Ruzicka went from No. 226 to No. 246 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

Play continues at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida and the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina, a.k.a. the Global Casino Championship.

Meanwhile many are looking ahead to the start of the European Poker Tour’s 13th season with the EPT Barcelona festival beginning early next week. As usual, PokerNews' Live Reporting Team will be on hand with live updates, chip counts, photos, videos, results, and more from the €50,000 Super High Roller, the €25,500 Single-Day High Roller, the €10,300 High Roller, and the €5,300 Main Event.

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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