Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims No. 2 Spot After WPT Borgata Cash

Ari Engel

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 Sept. 28, 2016.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
131
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims No. 2 Spot After WPT Borgata Cash 101
Sam Greenwood3,326.98
233
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims No. 2 Spot After WPT Borgata Cash 102
Ari Engel3,246.13
344
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims No. 2 Spot After WPT Borgata Cash 103
Mike McDonald3,092.67
451
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims No. 2 Spot After WPT Borgata Cash 104
Timothy Adams3,014.07
568
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims No. 2 Spot After WPT Borgata Cash 105
Sam Chartier2,797.40
682
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims No. 2 Spot After WPT Borgata Cash 106
Mike Leah2,682.42
784
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims No. 2 Spot After WPT Borgata Cash 107
Mike Watson2,657.79
887
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims No. 2 Spot After WPT Borgata Cash 108
Daniel Negreanu2,612.30
992
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims No. 2 Spot After WPT Borgata Cash 109
Daniel Dvoress2,579.26
10122
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims No. 2 Spot After WPT Borgata Cash 110
Jonathan Duhamel2,439.29

Sam Greenwood leads Team Canada for yet another week, but the second-best player in the country is now Ari Engel after he finished in 31st place in the WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event recently, collecting enough points to surpass Mike McDonald on the roster.

The only other change was Daniel Dvoress losing a spot after some older results degraded in value, giving Daniel Negreanu the opportunity to climb one spot. But while there weren't many results on the live tournament circuit this past week for Canadians, many of these players had great success online in PokerStars' WCOOP which you can read all about here.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3,637.69-
2Chance Kornuth3,336.54-
3Paul Volpe3,192.20+1
4David Peters3,097.44-1
5Adrian Mateos3,045.89-
6Nick Petrangelo3,008.21-
7Ivan Luca2,992.47-
8Jason Mercier2,931.51-
9Connor Drinan2,926.70-
10Dominik Nitsche2,875.65-

Fedor Holz retained the top spot in the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race for a 16th-straight week where still enjoys a comfortable lead over Chance Kornuth in second position.

The rest of the top 10 was quiet as well, with only Paul Volpe nudging ahead of David Peters to move into the third spot in the rankings. It was a 20th-place and cash in the recently completed World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open Main Event won by Jesse Sylvia that netted Volpe some POY points to move up.

Looking below the top 10, two other players who cashed in the WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event were able to move closer to the upper part of the POY leaderboard. John Racener finished ninth in the event, helping him go from No. 58 to No. 33 and William Foxen took 13th which gave him points to go from No. 57 to No. 29.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4,885.33-
2Nick Petrangelo4,392.22-
3Jason Mercier4,304.04+1
4Steve O'Dwyer4,295.30-1
5Byron Kaverman4,247.25-
6Connor Drinan4,183.95-
7Anthony Zinno4,022.11+1
8Bryn Kenney3,992.68+1
9David Peters3,977.75-2
10Erik Seidel3,872.57+1

Holz remains the overall top-ranked tournament player in the world for a 16th-straight week as well, and in fact managed to increase the distance between himself and everyone else thanks to the small adjustments that happen each week as player's' earlier scores get affected by the GPI Aging Factor.

Nick Petrangelo remains in second position while others in the top 10 shuffled slightly and Erik Seidel rejoined the list at No. 10, pushing out Adrian Mateos who slipped from No. 10 to No. 12.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
245Matt Waxman2,027.04
259Corey Hochman1,997.98
270Scott Davies1,962.63
282Cord Garcia1,928.83
290Roman Valerstein1,917.10
296Vineet Pahuja1,895.38
297Rumen Nanev1,893.06
298Antonio Esfandiari1,891.11
300David Stefanski1,888.04

Nine players joined the top 300 following the latest update, with Matt Waxman the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 328 to No. 245. Waxman also made a deep run in that 1,179-entry WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event, finishing 11th. Waxman's previous career-high GPI ranking has been No. 7, achieved back in February 2012.

Each of the other eight newcomers have been in the GPI top 300 before. Among that group, Antonio Esfandiari had the highest previous ranking at No. 14, achieved in late June 2013.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
245Matt Waxman2,027.04+83
270Scott Davies1,962.63+80
300David Stefanski1,888.04+79
231Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon2,047.50+67
147Ian O'Hara2,304.94+59

Waxman's jump up puts him atop the list of biggest gainers this week (among those in the top 300), followed closely by 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event winner Scott Davies who elevated from No. 350 to No. 270. Davies finished runner-up to Jermaine Gerlin in the Heartland Poker Tour Daytona Beach Main Event last week to help get him back into the top 300.

Biggest Drops

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
210 Ludovic Geilich2,085.82-53
256
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims No. 2 Spot After WPT Borgata Cash 111
Andrew Chen2,010.80-45
257 Diego Zeiter2,009.19-38
196 Pascal Hartmann2,138.44-34
173 Thomas Muehloecker2,206.08-28

Finally, looking at players inside the top 300 who are moving in the downward direction, Ludovic Geilich slipped the furthest after going from No. 157 to No. 210. Canadian Andrew Chen also took a tumble after he logged a single cash at this year's WSOP and not another tournament result since.

What to Expect Next Week

The 2016 Wynn Fall Classic got started yesterday in Las Vegas, the WPT National Valkenburg series is already underway in the Netherlands and the World Series of Poker Circuit is currently making an international stop in Berlin.

Also, the 2016 PMU.fr World Poker Tour National Marrakech festival is underway, with Day 2 of the High Roller event in action today and the Main Event running through the weekend. The PokerNews live reporting team is on hand for those two events, so be sure to check the live updates to see who is playing and winning in Morocco.

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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