Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally

Matt Salsberg

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 September 21, 2016.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
131
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally 101
Sam Greenwood3,355.89
237
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally 102
Mike McDonald3,191.40
339
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally 103
Ari Engel3,173.80
445
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally 104
Timothy Adams3,080.65
566
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally 105
Sam Chartier2,791.59
683
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally 106
Mike Leah2,682.42
784
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally 107
Mike Watson2,657.79
887
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally 108
Daniel Dvoress2,623.31
989
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally 109
Daniel Negreanu2,612.30
10122
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally 110
Jonathan Duhamel2,442.49

Sam Greenwood leads Team Canada for yet another week, but the second-best player in the country has switched from Ari Engel to Mike McDonald due to Engel losing some points due to the ageing factor of old results. Jonathan Duhamel was another player to lose points for the same reason, taking him to the No. 10 spot and giving Daniel Negreanu a step up.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3,637.69-
2Chance Kornuth3,336.54-
3David Peters3,097.44-
4Paul Volpe3,095.05-
5Adrian Mateos3,045.89-
6Nick Petrangelo3,008.21-
7Ivan Luca2,992.47-
8Jason Mercier2,931.51-
9Connor Drinan2,926.70-
10Dominik Nitsche2,875.65-

Another week and another top-ranking for Fedor Holz in the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. At the start of the summer when the GPI first released the POY rankings, Ari Engel enjoyed a brief moment at the top. But since Holz took over the lead shortly thereafter, he's now spent 15 weeks at No. 1 with a little over three months left to go in the year. (Engel, if you're curious, is currently in 13th in the race.)

In fact, the entire top 10 remained the same yet again this week, with Chance Kornuth still the nearest challenger to Holz in second position.

Looking just below this group, Alexander Rocha went from No. 25 to No. 14 after winning a $3,500 buy-in Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 event last week. Rocha topped a 249-entry field to win a $173,861 first prize and a bunch of POY points to enable his upward move.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4,838.07-
2Nick Petrangelo4,475.43-
3Steve O'Dwyer4,339.03-
4Jason Mercier4,304.04-
5Byron Kaverman4,270.07-
6Connor Drinan4,183.95-
7David Peters4,029.39+1
8Anthony Zinno4,022.11-1
9Bryn Kenney3,992.68-
10Adrian Mateos3,876.73-

It was another quiet week at the top of the overall GPI rankings as well where Holz also remains the frontrunner for a 15th-straight week. Just one small change in the top 10 from a week ago, as David Peters (No. 7) and Anthony Zinno (No. 8) swapped spots.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
260
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally 111
Matt Salsberg2,001.74
284 Moritz Dietrich1,921.28
288 Eli Elezra1,916.63
300 Peter Eichhart1,876.19

There were only four newcomers in the GPI top 300 this week, the lowest number of new names on the list in recent memory. Canadian Matt Salsberg is the highest-ranked of the group after elevating from No. 361 to No. 260 following his runner-up finish in that aforementioned Deepstack Extravaganza event won by Rocha.

Also making it back to the top 300 this week is 2016 Poker Hall of Fame nominee Eli Elezra who is in the middle of a hot September thus far.

After starting the month taking runner-up out of 528 entries in the WSOP Circuit Nevada Main Event, a week later Elezra finished sixth in that Deepstack Extravaganza event won by Rocha, then he won another preliminary event at the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open a few days ago.

With more than $3 million in career tournament earnings, Elezra's highest previous GPI ranking has been No. 238 back in June of this year.

Biggest Gains

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
260
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Climbs 101 Spots to Rank Within Top 300 Globally 112
Matt Salsberg2,001.74+101
209 Robert Mizrachi2,084.32+53
194 Phillip Hui2,141.24+48
288 Eli Elezra1,916.63+42
207 Felix Stephensen2,096.33+34

Salsberg's leap earned him top honors in the "Biggest Gains" list this week (considering only those within the top 300) ahead Robert Mizrachi, Phillip Hui, and Elezra. Felix Stephensen also jumped from No. 241 to No. 207 after earning some points from a cash in the UKIPT Super Series Main Event at the Hippodrome London.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
184Jonathan Little2,168.34-58
271Piotr Franczak1,962.78-55
258Ralph Porter2,010.81-52
278Ralph Qartomy1,935.94-49
217Matt Affleck2,071.37-39

Finally, looking only at players still ranked in the top 300, Jonathan Little slid the furthest from No. 126 to No. 184 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

That Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 continues this week in Las Vegas, with the WPT Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City also rolling forward.

Meanwhile the Heartland Poker Tour stops in Daytona Beach, Florida, the France Poker Series is in action in Deauville, France, and the Winamax Poker Open is playing out in Dublin, Ireland.

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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